Kidney disease in most people does not cause any symptom as the body can tolerate even a great amount of reduction in kidney function. This is because all of us are born with a lot more kidney function than is necessary for survival. In fact, one working kidney is sufficient to perform all the functions to keep the body healthy.
In many cases, a change in kidney function or chronic kidney disease is discovered accidentally during a routine blood or urine test. If there is any abnormality of kidney function, tests that monitor the kidney function will be done with regular blood tests and treatment will be started at the earliest stage. Treatment of kidney disease aims to keep any symptom to a minimum and prevent worsening of kidney function.
If the kidney function continues to worsen, it may progress slowly towards kidney failure (established renal failure or ERF). Kidney failure or renal failure is diagnosed by blood tests and monitoring.
Signs and symptoms of kidney failure are not specific in most cases. Some signs and symptoms of advanced kidney disease or kidney failure include:
Some other symptoms that become evident as the kidney function worsens include:
These are some signs and symptoms of kidney failure. Many of these symptoms may occur in several other medical conditions as well. If you think you have any type of kidney problem, consult your doctor as kidneys are highly adaptable and can compensate for lost function. Therefore, by the time obvious signs and symptoms of kidney failure appear, irreversible damage would have occurred.
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