Symptoms of kidney disease

Also called: symptoms of renal disease

Symptoms of kidney disease can include changes in urination (making more or less urine than usual, feeling pressure when urinating, changes in the color of urine, foamy or bubbly urine, or having to get up at night to urinate); swelling of the feet, ankles, hands, or face; fatigue or weakness; shortness of breath; ammonia breath or an ammonia or metal taste in the mouth; back or flank pain; itching; loss of appetite; nausea and vomiting; and more hypoglycemic episodes, if diabetic

Kidney disease can be found through lab tests or by symptoms. High blood levels of creatinine and urea nitrogen (BUN) or high levels of protein in your urine suggest kidney disease. Diabetics should have a yearly urine test for microalbumin, small amounts of protein that don't show up on standard urine protein test.

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