One of the most important organs in the human #body are the kidneys. #They are located below the ribs and their main role is to filter 120-150 quarts of blood daily so that the body can function properly. #They are very essential for keeping the blood stable, preventing #buildup of extra fluids and waste in the body. #Moreover, they will keep the #electrolyte levels stable because they can regulate blood pressure, produce red blood cells and will help the bones stay strong.
#If your kidneys suffer some damage, then your life might be in danger. #Thus, you need to recognize the signs of kidney damage if you want to stay healthy.
#The Most Common Symptoms of Kidney Damage
Trouble Concentrating and Dizziness
Anemia is closely connected to kidney damage. #This is due to the fact of the brain not getting enough oxygen as it needs. Therefore, it will cause troubles with concentration, #dizziness and memory loss.
If your kidneys are damaged, they might cause some pain in the upper back or on the side. Plus, kidney infections and kidney stones cause spasms and severe pain.
Metallic Taste in the Mouth
When the waste accumulates in the blood, it might show some kidney damage, especially if there is change in the food preferences or loss of appetite.
Shortness of Breath
Kidney damage also causes shortness of breath because the body can be left starved of oxygen. #This is all due to the shortage of oxygen that blood cells carry and it is caused by extra fluid which builds up in the lungs.
If your kidneys are healthy then a hormone called EPO or erythropoietin will be produced. This hormone makes the red blood cells that carry the oxygen. #However, if the kidneys are damaged then there will be fewer red blood cells that carry that oxygen and the brain muscles will become fatigued more easily and quickly and this will lead to anemia.
#When your kidneys are in failure they will not be able to remove the waste from the blood. This can cause a skin rash or severe itching. #Due to the waste accumulation in the blood, the skin will get irritated and dry. #At the beginning, you could use some ointments and creams, however, this will not solve the kidney problem.
Changes in Urination
If you have some problems with the kidneys, the first thing you will notice are changes in urination. Some of those are the following:
- Urinate in the middle of the night
- The urine might be bubbly or foamy
- You will urinate with pale urine in larger amounts or more often
- The urine might be dark-colored in small amounts
- Difficulty urinating and feeling pressure
If the function of the #kidneys is damaged, they will also not be able to remove the excess fluid in the body and this will lead to swelling in the hands, legs, feet, ankles and face. #If you notice some unexpected swelling, it might be the reason for kidney failure.
- Now that you are familiar with all the symptoms that indicate kidney damage, you will know how to notice it and maybe take better care of yourselves!