Most often, people do not have any severe symptoms until their kidney disease gets worse. However, they may have the following symptoms:

  • Muscle cramps at night
  • Swollen feet and ankles
  • Puffiness around the eyes, particularly in the morning
  • Swelling of the face & sometimes of the whole body – an important sign of kidney disease
  • Feel very week
  • Less energy
  • Trouble thinking clearly Poor appetite Trouble sleeping Dry,
  • itchy skin Change in pattern of urination, with increased frequency to pass urine at night
  • Burning sensation while urinating
  • Colored urine – red of coffee color
  • Back pain – just below the ribs
  • High blood pressure
  • Nausea may be present at the terminal stage of kidney failure
  • Abnormal behavior and convulsions are late manifestations of kidney diseases

The above mentioned symptoms may sometimes be absent too. Patients may lose a great deal of their kidney function without the appearance of any of these symptoms. When the kidneys are damaged, the amount of urine that is passed may not decrease until the amount of damage is extremely severe and perhaps only 15% of the normal kidney function remains.

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