The kidney is a very sacrosanct organ in the human body due to the many functions it performs. It is saddled with various responsibilities such as filtering the blood, manufacturing vitamin K, regulating blood pressure, maintaining the right level of electrolyte in the body, etc.
When your kidney is affected, there are different signs and symptoms your body will begin to give you. Some of them include;
1. A reduced amount of urine
Once your kidney is affected. The amount of urine you produce will reduce, although occasionally urine output remains normal.
2. Swelling of your legs, ankles, and feet
This occurs due to the inability or failure of the kidney to eliminate water waste.
3. Unexplained shortness of breath
Acute kidney failure may lead to a buildup of fluid in your lungs, which can cause shortness of breath.
4. Excessive drowsiness or fatigue
A severe decrease in kidney function can lead to a buildup of toxins and impurities in the blood. This can cause people to feel tired, weak and can make it hard to concentrate.
5. Persistent nausea
When your kidneys fail, wastes and extra fluid can build up in your blood and make you feel sick and this can lead to nausea.
6. Pain or pressure in your chest
Acute kidney failure may lead to a buildup of fluid in your lungs, which can cause shortness of breath. Chest pain. If the lining that covers your heart (pericardium) becomes inflamed, you may experience chest pain.
This is a very serious sign of kidney disease Among patients with end-stage renal disease, nervous system dysfunction remains a major cause of disability. Patients with chronic renal failure who have not yet received dialysis may develop symptoms ranging from mild sensorial clouding to delirium and coma.
Seek medical attention once you begin to observe these signs.
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