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10 warning signs that your kidneys are not working properly

10 warning signs that your kidneys are not working normally
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The kidneys are very important organs in the human body. Their function is to rid the body of waste and toxins by purifying the blood. There are many habits that negatively affect the health of the kidneys.

So, FeedNES have collected for you a list of 10 signs that your kidneys are not working properly.

10. fatigue, and general weakness

The blood supplies the body with oxygen, which gives you the energy you need. If your red blood cells decrease, you will feel more tired. There is a relationship between the kidneys and red blood cells.

If your kidneys are in good health, they produce Vitamin D to maintain the solidity of your bones and release a hormone called erythropoietin that helps produce red blood cells. So if you suddenly start to feel tired, you should see your doctor.

It is very common for people with kidney disease to suffer from anemia, and this is what happens to us when our kidney capacity works from 20 to 50%. If you get enough rest, but you still feel tired, you should consult a doctor soon.

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9. metallic taste and bad breath

When waste accumulates in the blood, it creates a kind of metallic taste in the mouth, which will affect the taste you feel when eating. Moreover, bad breath is another sign that you have a lot of toxins and other types of harmful particles in the bloodstream. And another risk is the high content of oxide that makes you lose your appetite in general, which naturally leads to weight loss.

Remember, there are many reasons why the taste of food is metallic, such as an allergy and not cleaning the mouth. Usually, the mineral aftertaste should disappear in the mouth after removing the problem, and if this continues, you should consult your doctor.

8. Itchy and dry skin

Healthy kidneys are getting rid of waste and excess fluid in your body and help to produce red blood cells and maintain the percentage of minerals in your body. If your skin is dry and itchy, it may be a sign of your kidneys being unable to maintain the right balance between minerals and nutrients, and mineral deficiency can cause bone diseases.

To fight the affected dry skin, you should try to moisturize it as much as possible, and do not take itchy medication before consulting a doctor, because some medicines contain components that can hurt your kidneys more than they treat the problem.

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7. troubled sleep

The body gets rid of toxins through the kidneys, and these bad toxins accumulate in the body and blood if these kidneys do not work correctly, and for this reason, you face a problem with sleep. If you do not change anything from your daily routine and still suffer from insomnia at night, you should consult your doctor.

Moreover, people who suffer from chronic kidney disease often suffer from sleep apnea, and this disease causes stop breathing for a few seconds, then normal breathing returns in the form of severe snoring and very frightening, so it is time to consult a doctor.

6. difficulty breathing

There is a relationship between kidney disease and breathing. There are two main factors for this. First, extra fluid in the body moves easily to the lungs. Secondly, anemia prevents the body of oxygen, and this also causes shortness of breath. Moreover to a kidney defect, there are many causes of dyspnea, such as asthma, lung cancer, or heart failure.

So, if you cannot breathe, this does not necessarily mean that you suffer from kidney problems. If you notice that you are constantly feeling short of breath after doing simple work and that you are only required a little effort like walking in the kitchen, contact your doctor immediately.

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5. swollen ankles, feet, and hands

If your kidney can’t remove excess fluid, which can lead to fluid retention in your body’s tissues, and causing swollen ankles, feet, and hands. Moreover, swelling in the lower parts of your body can also be a warning sign that you have problems in your liver or veins in your legs.

Sometimes, you take medications that eliminate swelling, but we highly recommend consulting your doctor before buying this type of medicine. These medications can be a problem for you, and they will make your doctor’s mission more difficult because they can mask symptoms that help in a good diagnosis.

4. back pain

As we know, the kidneys are in the lower back, and back pain caused by a kidney defect is usually deep below the rib cage, and one can also feel pain in the thigh or hips. Back pain can be caused by a type of fluid-filled sinus that forms on the kidney wall and is caused by polycystic kidney disease.

Back pain caused by kidney problems is accompanied by fever and vomiting and often needs to urinate. So, if you do not have any of these symptoms, then you have no kidney problem, which is classic back pain only and has nothing to do with the kidneys, and the pain is more localized and often What happens without warning and without fever.

So, if you suffer from back pain and painkillers do not affect it, you should consult a doctor.

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3. puffy eyes

Swelling around the eyes is a warning sign of kidney problems, if the kidney filtering system doesn’t work well, the kidneys can pass the protein to urine, instead of keeping and distributing it in the body. This protein is responsible for the cysts below the eyes.

So, if your body is getting enough rest, and the swelling continues around your eyes, you should consult your doctor.

2. hypertension

There is a strong relationship between the kidneys and hypertension, the kidneys contain small nephrons that filter unnecessary fluid and waste from the blood, and If the blood vessels of the kidneys are damaged, the nephrons get enough oxygen and nutrients.

So, hypertension is the second cause of impaired kidney function. There is a way to regulate your blood pressure that eating more foods rich in folic acids, such as grains, rice, green vegetables, citrus, fruits, and pasta, Which help you to produce red cells and prevent anemia. 

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1. changes in your urine

The kidneys are responsible for producing urine and removing waste products through it, so don’t ignore changes in your urine, smell, color, and appearance. There are three main common categories of change that must be followed. First, the frequent need to urinate, especially at night, it’s normal to go to the toilet between four and ten times a day, if you do not drink more than usual.

The second is seeing blood in the urine, which means that the kidney cells allow blood cells to pass into the urine instead of being filtered out. The third most common change is foamy urine that is filled with bubbles, and this indicates that there are abnormal amounts of protein in the urine. It is one of the signs of kidney disease.

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