Renal Failure – Symptoms and Warning signs
Renal Failure, also known as kidney failure or renal insufficiency, is a situation whereby the kidneys fail to adequately filter waste products from the blood. Toxins are building up in our bodies every day and we rely mostly on our kidneys to filter toxic substances out of our systems. IT is important to identify the symptoms of renal failure correctly.
Renal failure can be divided into two categories:
- Acute kidney injury (CKI), which is often reversible with adequate treatment. This is a rapidly loss of kidney function.
- Chronic kidney disease (CKD) , which is in most cases not reversible. CKD usually develops a long period of time and stays unnoticed until late stages of the disease.
SYMPTOMS OF RENAL FAILURE
The symptoms of Renal Failure varies in individuals and their general health condition. Some people in early stage of kidney disease may not notice any symptoms and feel healthy. Others have symptoms that are not necessarily related to the disease of their kidneys at all but to High Blood Pressure, Diabetes or other illness that ultimately leads to decrease in kidney filtration.
Let me give you my personal experience. I have suffered many years of undiagnosed High Blood pressure. Unaware of the damage I did to myself and the slow process it took, any symptoms I experienced did not worry me. It was only until a few weeks before I was admitted to the hospital that things became very noticeable. I could no longer deny that I was obviously sick. Little did I know.
The symptoms of renal failure include:
- Vomiting: I noticed that whenever I brush my teeth, I was throwing up. It got to a point where only the thought of tooth brushing would make me gag. This part was very frustrating for me. I couldn’t eat anything due to my appetite loss and then whenever I forced myself to eat, I ended up vomiting.
2. Feeling tired or weak: I felt so lethargic and lazy. Everything seemed so heavy on me. Nothing interested me. All I wanted was to sit around not doing anything. I was so tired from being unable to sleep.
3. Sleeping problems: It was absolutely impossible for me to lie down on my bed in order to sleep. The only comforting position that allowed me some rest was when sitting upright . On my research online I came across many CKD patients stating the same thing. Yet this only started to occur a few weeks before my diagnosis.
4. Frequent urination: Noticing a difference in your urination sequence is a vital indication for many problems within your body. In combination with any of the other symptoms however it becomes an important indication for your kidney health. Whether you start to urinate more often or you do not feel the urge at all, make sure to get yourself checked.
I experienced a higher urge at night. Looking back I can now see that it slowly increased over the years. Towards the critical point I had to visit the toilette every 10 – 15 minutes . This is a clear symptom of renal failure.
5. Foamy urine: If you notice foam or bubbles in the urine over a certain period of time then you probably need to get your kidneys checked, without hesitation. Foam in the urine can occur also due to food and drinks we have taken don’t panic. It is the continues occurrence that should worry you. make sure you check on your doctor without hesitation.
6. Weight Loss: Lack of appetite and the constant feeling of vomiting results in weight loss. In most cases, the weight loss shows very rapidly. In my case, I lost almost 20 kg in three to four weeks.
7. Appetite Loss: The only thought of food turned me off. Although I must say there were days I felt better and actually got myself to cook something. Yet, once again I could not keep the food in my body. It almost seemed as if my body wants to prevent itself from yet more work, more toxins to be filtered.
8. Muscle cramps: This is caused by low levels of calcium. You all know the feeling of cramps in the calves. With me it progressed until I even felt cramps on my stomach muscles. Bending down or caring something heavy, or maybe just sitting up really got me stuck in my position.
9. Swelling of legs, ankles, face and /or hands: The inability to remove excess fluid from the body, resulting into swellings. Most common in swelling of the ankles and legs in general, I luckily did not experience this.
10. Skin changes/Itching: Triggered by the buildup of phosphates in the blood. Your skin can darken or maybe be excessively dry. This varies in the individual patients. My skin became much darker and the skin underneath my feet turned white and dead. Also on the rest of my body dead skin cells flaked of like dandruff.
If you have any of these symptoms of renal failure, the best thing to do is to consult your doctor and get your blood tested.
I hope this article helps you and if you have any questions, please leave a comment or contact me.