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8 Hidden Signs That You Have Kidney Problems

8 Hidden Signs That You Have Kidney Problems

Your kidneys, which are located in the back of the abdomen, at the level of the last two ribs, on each side of the spine, are part of your most precious organs. Indeed, they are called "noble organs" because of the fact that their function is absolutely essential to independent living. If they become damaged, it will require medical attention and long and expensive care to keep you alive. Moreover, even the most rigorous medical follow-up can not replace your kidneys. For this reason, it is imperative to ensure that these organs are protected and maintained in good health.

One of the main functions of the kidneys is to remove waste and excess fluid from our body through the urine. Also, the regulation of the salt, potassium and acid content of the body is done by the kidneys. This process is necessary for the proper functioning of our body.

8 Hidden Signs That You Have Kidney Problems

Vital organs, our kidneys filter and restore in the blood nearly 200 liters of liquid every day. So, to preserve and maintain them in good health, here are 8 signs to which you should pay particular attention:

You notice swelling of certain parts of your body
If your kidneys are damaged, they will not be able to perform their function properly and will fail to remove excess fluid in your body, which will result in swelling of certain parts of your body such as hands, feet , legs, ankles or face. If you notice swelling of one or more of these parts, it may be due to kidney failure.

You notice changes in urination and urine
Changes in your urine habits or in your urine itself may also indicate kidney failure. Here are some changes you should be careful about:

- Difficulty urinating and feeling of pressure during urination

- A need to urinate frequently, especially in the middle of the night;

- A change in the color, the frequency or the quantity of your urine;

- A foamy urine.

You feel itchy
When your kidneys are not working properly, they can not get rid of all the toxins in the blood, which could cause a rash or severe itching. In addition, if you have kidney failure, you will notice that your skin will tend to be dry and irritated because of the accumulation of toxins in your blood. Although you can temporarily cure the dryness of your skin with creams and skin care, it is imperative to consult a doctor to check if the problem is not kidney.

You are often tired
The kidneys, when healthy, produce a hormone called erythropoietin (EPO) that is responsible for producing the red blood cells that carry oxygen in your body. If your kidneys are damaged, it will cause a drop of red blood cells in your system and the circulation of oxygen in your body will also be damaged. As a result, the muscles of your brain will receive a limited amount of oxygen and get tired more quickly.

You are often out of breath
Damaged kidneys could also cause shortness of breath due to lack of oxygen in your body and fluid buildup in your lungs.

You sometimes feel a metallic taste in your mouth and suffer from a loss of appetite

This very unpleasant taste could actually be due to the accumulation of toxins in the blood and thus indicate a kidney problem, especially if you also notice a sudden change in your food preferences or a loss of appetite in parallel.

You feel a local pain
Damaged kidneys can sometimes cause some local pain, especially in the area where they are located: in the back of the abdomen. Kidney infections and kidney stones also cause very intense spasms and pain.

You have trouble concentrating and sometimes have vertigo
Anemia is often linked to kidney problems, because when there is a drop in your red blood cells, they do not carry enough oxygen to your organs, including your brain, and this could cause problems of concentration and memory, and a feeling of vertigo.