10. Inability to sleep
When your kidneys are not working properly, it shows that toxins cannot leave the body through urine and remain in the blood. Increased level of toxins make it hard to fall asleep. Therefore it is hard to sleep thus much chances of kidney function decline.
9. Headaches, fatigue and general weakness
The decline of red blood cells (those that carry oxygen) results in rapid fatigue of your muscles and brain.
8. Dry and itchy skin
Itchy and dry skin signal the failure of kidneys to maintain the right balance of minerals and nutrients which can result in bone and kidney disease.
7. Having bad breath and metallic taste
Having bad breath is another sign of having too many toxins and contamination in the bloodstream. Furthermore, you may stop wanting meat and lose your appetite in general, which can lead to unhealthy weight loss.
6. Breath becomes short
Extra fluid in the body moves into the lungs when kidneys are not functioning properly, anemia deprives your body of oxygen and this results in shortness of breath.
5. Swelling in ankles, feet and hands
Kidneys that are failing to perform properly don’t remove any extra fluid from the body. This leads to sodium retention which causes swelling in your ankles, feet and hands.
4. Having back pain
Kidney failure can result in back pain that is usually deep and located right below the rib cage. It can be felt in the front of the groin or hip area.
3. Puffy eyes
An early sign that your kidney’s filter system is damaged is the onset of protein in the urine, which can result in puffiness around the eye area. This is because the kidney leak protein into the urine than sharing it to the body.
2. High blood pressure
If the blood vessels get damaged, the nephrons that filter your blood don’t receive enough oxygen and nutrients. That’s why high blood pressure is the second leading cause of kidney failure.
1. Changes in urination
Kidneys are known for producing urine and eliminating waste through it. Changes in the frequency, odor, color and appearance of urine should not be ignored.