It can be difficult to know what’s going on when something’s wrong
with your body. If your feet are swollen, does it mean you’re having an
allergic reaction? Did you just drink too much water? Have you spent too
much time on your feet? Or could it be a sign of something more
serious, like kidney issues?Some signs of kidney problems are
obvious, like blood in the urine; others are much more subtle and can be
signs of other problems, too. But taken together, these might add up to
a trip to the doctor to get your kidneys checked.
Swollen feet or ankles
If you’re having kidney troubles, you could be retaining waste-water rather than expelling it as normal.
Feeling tired all the time
Fatigue can be caused by all kinds of medical issues; when the kidneys aren’t functioning properly, they’re unable to efficiently clean and filter your blood, so your body doesn’t get the oxygen it needs to power it.
Cruelly, kidney disease can lead to insomnia as well as fatigue.
You feel tired all day but you can’t sleep at night.
Forgetfulness or inability to concentrate
Because the brain isn’t getting clean blood from the kidneys, it won’t be at peak performance either, so you might experience forgetfulness, confusion, or just not feel as sharp as normal.
Nausea and vomiting
kidney problems can wreak havoc with the digestive system, so it’s no wonder that nausea and vomiting might occur.
Loss of appetite
Not only might kidney disease cause nausea, but it can also put people off food altogether.
Some even find food tastes different and that they can’t stand their favorites anymore.
As you might imagine, weight loss will accompany a loss of appetite.
Muscle cramps or twitching
The buildup of toxins the kidneys normally filter out can often cause leg cramps and twitches.
What’s more, deposits of a protein called amyloid can lead to stiff and achy joints.
The kidneys also play a role in balancing the minerals in your body; when calcium and phosphorus are out of whack, you’ll often feel an itch.
Sometimes an adjustment of your diet can help, but it might require a visit to the dermatologist to clear it up.
Just as the toxins in your blood make your feet and ankles swell, they can also make your eyes puffy, especially in the morning.
If you’re running to the bathroom many times in the night without a good reason for it, like drinking a big glass of water before bed, malfunctioning kidneys might be to blame.