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Many people may be in the early stages of kidney disease and not have any indication something is wrong with their kidneys. There are certain symptoms, however, that could be a sign you have kidney failure, whether it is acute renal failure or hereditary conditions such as polycystic kidney disease (PKD), or due to chronic diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure. When kidney failure (also called renal failure) is detected in the early stages, there are steps you can take to help slow the progression of kidney disease and improve your quality of life.
Below are lists of kidney failure symptoms that are grouped in categories based on a typical cause. If you have any of these renal failure symptoms, you should make an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible and ask that your kidneys be checked.
To determine if the symptoms you have are because of kidney failure, your doctor will perform specific tests:
Often, early kidney problems don't have many symptoms—but if you are experiencing any of the ones mentioned above, you will want to talk to your doctor to determine if your signs are caused by kidney failure. Write down any of the renal failure symptoms you may have and bring that information with you to your next doctor’s appointment. Whether you discover that your kidneys are okay or if you learn you have kidney problems, knowing about it sooner may ease your mind and allow you to take steps to slow the progress of kidney disease, including delay or prevent dialysis or a kidney transplant. To help your loved ones determine if they're at risk, encourage them to take the Kidney Disease Risk Quiz today.
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