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10 Telling Symptoms of Kidney Disease

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While kidney disease can be extremely painful and dangerous, many people who have kidney problems don't know it. Often this is because its symptoms can be mistaken for a number of other conditions, including the flu.

Chronic kidney disease occurs from gradual and permanent loss of kidney function over time from illness or poor lifestyle choices. This happens slowly, usually taking months to years. The first signs can be very subtle, sometimes appearing as ordinary nausea, rashes, or shortness of breath. If you have one or more of the following symptoms of kidney disease, a history of kidney disease in your family, or you are worried about kidney problems, see your doctor for blood and urine tests. This list is a great place to start if you feel like you may have some symptoms of kidney disease, but make sure you talk to a medical professional if your symptoms continue or worsen. All info is credited to New Orleans Living.
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    Change in Urination

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    The kidneys make urine, so when they are failing, it's common to see changes such as foamy or bubbly urine, or urine with blood in it. You may also feel a constant pressure to urinate, or have difficulty doing so. The frequency may also  change-you may have to go more often, in greater amounts than usual.
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    Failing kidneys don't remove extra fluid, which leads to a build-up in the in body. This can cause swelling in the legs, ankles, feet, face, and/or hands.
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    Healthy kidneys make a hormone called erythropoietin that tells your body to make oxygen-carrying red blood cells. As the kidneys fail, they make less erythropoietin. With fewer red blood cells to carry oxygen, your muscles and brain become tired very quickly. This condition is called anemia, and is very serious..
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    Skin Rash/Itching

    Kidneys remove waste from the bloodstream. When they fail, the buildup of wastes in your blood can cause severe inflammation and skin iritation.