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Kidney Problem Symptoms

Kidney trouble should always be taken seriously because a kidney problem, if it’s not treated in time, can have a huge impact on your overall health and quality of life. Some kidney conditions are potentially fatal. Your kidneys can become so damaged from a kidney infection or kidney cancer that they no longer function. When such kidney failure occurs, the only way you can survive is through a kidney transplant, or dialysis..

What Are the Most Common Kidney Problem Symptoms?

Many kidney conditions have similar symptoms.

You may or may not experience pain in the lower back or “flank” area. If you have this pain, it may be mild, or it may be severe (as can happen with kidney stones). It can occur on either side of the back.

People who have a kidney condition often find they’re urinating less frequently than before.

There may be blood present in your urine. If this is the case, your urine will look darker and may even have a slight reddish tint.

You may feel pain or discomfort while urinating. This also happens if you have a bladder infection, but it’s possible that the infection might be happening elsewhere in the urinary tract – like the kidneys.

You may sometimes pass very little urine, even though you felt an urgent need to urinate moments before.

These are some other possibilities:

* chills and a fever,
* higher blood pressure,
* feeling overly tired, weak or fatigued,
* muscle weakness,
* bloating. This could be a sign that your kidneys aren’t filtering fluids from your bloodstream as they should.
* swelling in the ankles, feet or hands,
* swelling and puffiness in the area around the eyes, especially in the morning,
* nausea and vomiting, along with a loss of appetite,
* abnormal behavior, seizures and convulsions. These sometimes occur in the late stages of a kidney problem.

Diagnosing the Symptoms

The following types of clinical procedures can assist in diagnosing the symptoms of kidney trouble.

* a blood analysis
* blood pressure checks
* a thorough health examination
* a sonogram of your abdomen
* an analysis of your urine,

Tests that are typically performed during the course of a woman’s pregnancy can also assist in determining if kidney trouble is developing.

A Final Thought on Kidney Problems

Kidney problem symptoms are often difficult to diagnose, and frequently don’t appear until the problem is serious. You can actually lose almost all kidney function before the signs of a problem are obvious.

For more information on topics related to this article, click on Kidney Failure and Got a Kidney Problem? George McKenzie is a retired TV anchor, medical reporter and radio talk show host.

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