The kidneys play an important role in the normal functioning of our body system. It is located just below the ribs, and they filter about 120-150 quarts of blood daily. They keep the blood stable, prevent waste and extra fluids from building up in the body. They perform other important functions like, keeping the bones strong, producing red blood cells, regulating the blood pressure and maintaining the stable electrolyte levels.
The proper functioning of the human body is threatened once the kidneys are damaged. So in order to prevent this from happening, it is important to note these signs of kidneys damage.
Common symptoms of kidney damage are:
Healthy kidneys produce a hormone called erythropoietin or EPO. This hormone is responsible for carrying oxygen and for the production of red blood cells in the body. Once the kidneys are damaged, oxygen is carried by fewer red blood cells causing the muscles and the brain to become easily fatigued. This ultimately leads to anemia.
2.Changes in Urination
The inability to urinate or changes in urination are likely warning signs of kidneys damage.
Also, if your urine is:
- dark colored
- come in small amounts
- Less frequent
- difficulty urinating
- Pale in color coming in larger amounts
- Is bubbly or foamy
- in middle of the night
3.Rash on the skin
Due to the inability to remove waste from the blood, it can cause severe itching or skin rash. Damaged kidneys cannot eliminate waste from the blood thereby leading to skin irritation, some creams and ointments maybe temporary solutions to help the skin but it isn’t going to solve the skin problem if it is related to kidney failure.
4.Trouble Concentrating and Dizziness
Anemia is a condition related to kidney failure and it is caused when oxygen is not sufficiently supplied to the brain. Memory loss, lack of concentration and Dizziness are results of this condition.
5.Shortness of Breath
Kidneys failure also causes shortness of breath and the building-up of extra fluids in the lungs. This is because of the shortage of oxygen the blood cells carry, leaving the body to be starved of oxygen.
6.Metalic Taste in the Mouth
kidney failure leads to loss of appetite and a change in your food preferences due to the accumulation of waste in the blood.
Once the kidneys are damaged, they loss their ability to remove excess fluids in the body. This results in swelling of the ankles, face, hands, feet and legs. Sudden swelling of these parts of the body may as a result of kidney damage.
Another symptom of kidney damage is the experience of severe pain on the side of the damaged kidney or the upper back. Kidney infections and kidney stones cause spasms and sharp pain.