8 Symptoms of Renal Problems

Fatigue, changes in urine color, back pains… you could be suffering from renal problems. Check out all the symptoms in the following article.

Taking care of our kidneys is an essential part of our day. At times, however; we make mistakes: bad nutrition, not enough liquids… it’s then when you can start to see small signs that something’s not right. How’s about we check out some of these symptoms to see if you could be suffering from renal problems? Take good notes, for your health!

Indicators of renal disease

As the saying goes, knowledge is power. Listening to our bodies is an indispensable tool in maintaining good health; but just as well, we have to listen down to the very smallest detail. Symptoms of renal problems can be very evident, so it never hurts to go to the doctor and have it checked out.

1. Changes in urination

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It is for sure the most evident symptom of a renal problem, with easily recognizeable symptoms.

  • You have to get up many times throughout the night to urinate with urgency; however, you only go a few drops. 
  • The color of your urine changes, or contains foam or bubbles. In addition to urinating with more frequency, the color of the urine will appear darker (like the color of coca-cola, due to blood in the urine).

2. Exhaustion

At times, we get tired without an apparent reason. We walk slow, we tire going upstairs, our body feels drained. Very commonly, upon arriving from work, all you can think about it sleep.

What is the cause of this lack of energy? The kidneys produce a hormone called Erythropoietin, which is what transports oxygen to the blood. If there is a problem with the kidneys, the production of this hormone causes the kidneys to fail. This causes our muscles to become exhausted, decreases our red blood cell count (which lowers oxygen levels and causes anemia). We need to be on high alert!

3. Swelling

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Do your ankles swell constantly? What about your legs? Do you have difficulty putting your shoes on? Then it’s possible you have renal problems; but, do not immediately associate these things, as it could be a simple circulation problem. You should look for other symptoms- like hair loss, swelling of the face, hands and fingers… all this can be due to the kidneys being unable to expel extra fluids that accumulate in your body.

4. Rashes and burning

A sudden rash that is bothersome could be an accumulation of blood due to kidney failure. They will continue to grow and cause an uncomfortable burning sensation.

5. Metallic taste in the mouth

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Another thing to take into account- it’s possible that food no longer tastes normal… not only does it smell bad, it tastes bad, leaving a metallic-like taste in your mouth. This can cause you to lose your appetite. These are effects that persons with kidney problems suffer from, so don’t brush it off if it’s something constant.


6. Nausea and discomfort

There are many things known to cause nausea and discomfort. But when it happens frequently, you should mention it to your doctor, as it could be due to an accumulation of waste in the blood (uremia) which can cause nausea and vomiting. 

7. Cold sensation

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Anemia, a low red blood cell count that causes weakness, makes us more sensitive to temperature changes, especially cold ones. We feel it more, with our hands and feet always freezing.. a very common characteristic.

8. Pain on one side of the back, or in one leg

Has this happened to you before? Relax, this can be a symptom of many things. If this is recurring, though, be on alert. Back pain on one side, as well as in just one leg, or a pressure that bothers you but cannot be explained.

If it’s always on the same side, it could be a side effect of an infected kidney. On occasion it could be caused by renal polyketosis, which is due to fluid-filled cysts in the kidneys, and sometimes the liver, which cause a lot of pain.

In conclusion, don’t look over indications that your body is telling you there’s something wrong. We shouldn’t obsess over it either, though… but if there’s a constant, recurring pain or symptom, don’t hesitate to go to the doctor to get it checked out.


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