The human body, preserved by the proper functioning of its organs, is a highly complex and responsive structure. For example, the kidneys are responsible for filtering approximately 120 to 150 quarts of blood, producing approximately 1 to 2 quarts of urine consisting of waste and extra fluid. As long as you feel good, you don't generally care about how your organs actually operate, but what if your kidneys don't do their job properly anymore, for example? What signals would you get from your body to let you know that this is the case?
There are some traditional warning signs, particularly if two or three occur at the same time, that you should pay attention to. We have listed them below and you should not hesitate to consult your doctor if you feel concerned about any of these symptoms. Being safe is much better than being sorry.
1. Dry and itchy skin
Dry, itchy skin and rashes can be very painful and irritating. If you can rule out atopic dermatitis and your laundry washing powder allergies, then the culprit could be your kidneys. Kidneys that work properly extract waste and excess fluid from the blood, but they also generate red blood cells and maintain the correct balance of minerals and nutrients in the body, as already stated. If the kidneys no longer function reliably, however, these toxins will not be excreted and will accumulate in the skin instead, making it feel itchy and irritable. You should drink plenty of water and consult your physician if symptoms continue.
2. Swelling in the joints
It can be caused by malfunctioning kidneys if you experience swelling in your joints, particularly if your feet and hands swell. They don't manage to extract excess fluid from the body when the kidneys fail to function properly, resulting in sodium retention. In exchange, this produces swelling in the joints.
3. Trouble sleeping
Toxins are no longer washed out of the blood when anything is not quite right in the kidneys, and instead stay in the body. The greater the amount of chemicals in the blood, the more difficult it is to fall asleep. People with chronic kidney problems can also experience up to one minute of respiratory failure at a time.
4. Fatigue and exhaustion
Fatigue and fatigue will not only be caused by a lack of sleep; a malfunctioning kidney does not produce enough red blood cells. In fact, this results in a lack of oxygen being transported to the organs, which eventually means tiredness in the brain and muscles. In our bodies, healthy kidneys transform vitamin D into the hormone erythropoietin, which is responsible for red blood cell formation, among other things. This leads to a shortage of oxygen in the body if the kidneys are unable to metabolize enough vitamin D.
5. High blood pressure
Among the most common causes of high blood pressure are a healthy diet and lack of exercise. What some individuals may not be aware of is that a rise in blood pressure may also be responsible for decreased kidney function. If contaminants can't be eliminated from the blood by the kidneys, the blood cells can become brittle. In order to avoid anemia, it is also necessary to eat foods rich in folic acid.
6. Changes in urine
The kidneys are responsible for the processing of urine, which the bladder then excretes. This can suggest an issue with your kidneys, in addition to a bladder infection, if you note any changes in the color of your urine or find like you have to pee more often than normal. Blood in the urine, frequent urination (especially at night) and foamy urine are the most common symptoms you should look out for. A doctor should be consulted in either situation, regardless of whether it is a bladder infection or a weakened kidney.
7. Bad Breath
Getting bad breath is another symptom that is mostly viewed as harmless, if not a bit irritating. This can leave a metallic taste in your mouth as waste builds up in the blood. You can speak to the doctor if this is also followed by a lack of appetite and weight loss.
8. Puffy eyes
The onset of protein in the urine is an early sign that the filter system of your kidneys is impaired. And if you have not either had a rough night or recently suffered some sort of allergy, puffy eyes can be clarified by the fact that so many proteins are excreted in the urine by your kidneys instead of keeping them spread around the body, including in your head and around your eyes.
9. Back pain
Back pain is a common disorder that can result from poor posture, lack of exercise, sitting too long, or being too heavy with objects. However, a kidney condition may be behind it if the pain is deep and below the rib cage and occurs along with nausea, vomiting and fever. You should certainly contact your doctor if painkillers do not help and the condition worsens.
10. Shortness of breath
Kidneys that don't work properly can also cause shortness of breath, especially after little effort. This is mostly because of the decreased number of blood cells that are responsible for the supply of oxygen. Extra fluid in the body, which travels to the lungs when the kidneys stop functioning properly, may be another factor.
In fact, daily symptoms may signify something more sinister, which may seem innocuous. Often seek medical help to treat the symptoms, but most importantly, the causes, when in doubt.
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