Early Symptoms of Kidney Disease

Normally the early symptoms of kidney disease are very noticeable when these organs malfunction, fluids and waste products stay in the body, which is life threatening. The kidneys are the bean shaped organs that are located at each sides of the back.

The functions of the organs include cleansing the blood, getting rid of waste and excess water from the body, controlling the quality and quantity of body fluids, and producing vitamins and hormones that direct cellular activities.


Among the general causes of kidney diseases are high blood pressure and diabetes as well. People that are suffering from these conditions are at a higher risk of developing kidney diseases. Disease conditions that can have an effect on the blood vessels, such as atherosclerosis, hypertension and diabetes, can impair the ability of the kidneys to regulate body fluids and filter blood. Other factors that can produce a disorder on these organs include infection and disease in other body parts, restraint of the urinary tract (enlarged prostate, tumor, kidney stone), and severe blood loss or dehydration.

Kidney diseases often don't have any symptoms until they are in their late stages.

Warning signs and early symptoms of kidney disease that shouldn't be taken lightly include high blood pressure, mid-back pain, trouble urinating, frequent urination, painful urination, abnormal discharges during urination, decrease urine output, urine discoloration (coffee-colored, bloody, foamy), and puffiness or swelling in the wrists, ankles, thighs, abdomen, face or around the eyes.

Symptoms of kidney disorders that are in their progressive stages could involve: cramps in the muscles, skin that looks darkened, loss of sensitivity in feet and/or hands, vomiting and/or nausea, loss of appetite and of concentration, tiredness, feeling of itchiness, urinating less or more often.


The test that is most commonly used to detect kidney problems is urinalysis. If a structural complication of the kidney is speculated, imaging tests like the: CT scan, ultrasound, intravenous pyelogram (IVP), and renal arteriogram among others are used to evaluate its condition. In some cases, biopsy of the kidney is used to monitor if a certain treatment is effective and determine the cause of blood or protein in the urine. If the symptoms are suggesting infection, urine culture is completed to find out the kind of bacteria that is causing the problem.

The treatment greatly depends on the type of kidney disorder.

If the early symptoms of kidney disease are caused by other conditions, it is recommended to address them first in order to minimize or prevent further damage. In early stages, most common treatments include medications, dietary restrictions and surgery. If the case is severe, kidney transplant surgery or dialysis may be necessary if the kidney can no longer remove the excess water and waste from the body.

The kidneys regulate several functions and are existent in numerous body processes.

It is crucial to take care of these vital organs to prevent any conditions that could critically damage your health.


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