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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 chronic kidney disease (CKD). When chronic kidney disease is detected in the early stages there are steps you can take to help slow the progression of kidney disease to help you delay or prevent dialysis.
Below are lists of symptoms often related to chronic kidney disease. The CKD symptoms are grouped in categories based on the typical cause.
Symptoms of kidney failure that can be caused by a build-up of wastes in the body include:
Symptoms of kidney failure that can be caused by a build-up of fluid in the body include:
Symptoms of kidney failure that can be caused by damage to the kidneys include:
Symptoms of kidney failure that can be caused by anemia (a shortage of red blood cells) include:
If you have any of these symptoms you should make an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible and ask that your kidneys be checked.
Some lab tests your doctor may do include a:
Often, early kidney problems don't have many symptoms — but if you are experiencing any of the ones listed here; you will want to be checked by your doctor. Write down any of the symptoms you may have and bring that information with you to your doctor’s appointment. Discovering your kidneys are okay will ease your mind, but even if you learn you have kidney problems, knowing about it sooner may allow you to take steps to slow the progress of kidney disease.
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