India is majorly involved in rising kidney disease cases. Ironically, most people don’t get to know about it until the last. There are a series of signs that one may note down, but people confuse them with other conditions. Also, our kidneys are highly adaptable, which says they can work beyond their capacity and prevent you from getting sick. In most cases, people feel perfectly fine, even in the complex stages of chronic kidney disease.
Also, some people tend to experience symptoms at the time when the kidneys are failing. So, it is an individual experience. While the only way to know if you have kidney disease is to get diagnosed, signs may be taken into consideration. If you are at the risk of kidney disease due to diabetes, hypertension, a family history of kidney disease, older age, obesity, you may want to go for annual checkups. This is one of the easiest ways through which you can know how your kidneys are performing.
The idea to get diagnosed become sure-fire if you are experiencing:
- You are always tired and deprived of energy
Severe decrease in kidney function can lead to toxins buildup along with wastes and excess fluid. This can cause people to feel weak and exhausted. Also, you may be less on mental energy and feel hard to concentrate. Kidney disease can cause result in low RBCs generation, which manifests anemia making you weak and a low in energy.
- You have dry and itchy skin
With compromised kidney function, toxins stay in the blood instead of leaving the body through the urine. The fluid and waste buildup is often the reason you may feel dry and itchy skin. Even if you apply moisturizer this won’t go. It is a sign of bone and mineral disease as your kidneys maintain calcium and phosphorus levels in a person’s blood.
- You are having troubling sleepy every time
The toxins buildup in the blood may make it difficult for a person to sleep. Sleep apnea is more prevalent in people with chronic kidney disease. You feel night visions and nightmares as your mind is deprived of oxygen, and dizziness is also common.
- You pass more urine than usual
Feeling the urge to urinate more often, especially at night can be a sign of kidney disease. When the kidney’s filters are damaged, you find it hard to empty the bladder, but at the same time, you feel the urge to pass urinate. Even if you urinate a drop, the pain and burning sensation is heart-throbbing. Similar signs can be observed during urinary infection or in a man with an enlarged prostate.
- Bloody urine
Another eye-witnessing sign that may appear during shortfall in the kidney function is the presence of blood sports in the urine. The damaged filter may allow RBCs to skip through glomeruli or tubules into the urine. As well as being a sign of chronic kidney disease, it may also indicate kidney stones or an infection or tumors.
- Foamy urine
Just like red blood cells may skip through the filters several times a day, large molecules of protein may also skip along. It is also called proteinuria that occurs when your urine has a foamy appearance just like a scrambled egg.
- Puffy eyes
Protein in the urine is more common in CKD patients. A protein called albumin fulfills our body’s functional requirement, which includes preventing the excess fluid from skipping into the cells and tissues; the other reason responsible for puffiness around the eyes.
- Your lower body part is swollen
As albumin leaks, the body’s fluid balance gets disturbed. Too much fluid in your blood eventually triggers high blood pressure. Swelling in feet, ankles, and legs is common in CKD patients (a medical condition called edema). This may also occur because of chronic leg vein problems.
- No hunger pangs
Poor toxin elimination results in loss of appetite in chronic kidney patients. However, several other reasons also attribute to reduced kidney function.
- High blood pressure
High blood pressure is the culprit as well as a sign of chronic kidney disease. Protein skips from the blood and results in fluid retention. This fluid retention further raises blood pressure more and creates a vicious cycle.
- Bone and mineral disorder
Mineral and bone disorder in CKD develops when abnormal hormone levels cause calcium and phosphorus levels to become out of balance. Phosphorus is an electrolyte the right level of which in the blood is regulated by the kidneys. It is likely to occur in people with CKD.
- Shortness of breath
As and when fluid or waste builds up in the lining of the lungs, you may consider it hard to breathe normally. Even walking a little may seem troublesome for kidney patients.
Keeping an eye on the signs and symptoms of kidney disease will help you with early treatment. Often a doctor suggests kidney patients with dialysis or transplant but only them are your go-to option. Kidney disease or end-stage renal disease can still be treated with Ayurvedic treatment.