Who’s at Risk
15% of adults in the US have chronic kidney disease (CKD)—though most don’t realize it. One challenge in detecting CKD is that there are virtually no kidney disease symptoms until later stages, when kidney damage has already occurred. Know your risk factors, learn the symptoms and get tested for CKD—especially if you have one of the known causes, like diabetes or high blood pressure.
Chronic Kidney Disease Symptoms
Understanding signs of kidney diseaseWhile watching for late-stage symptoms won’t help with early detection, it’s still important to be aware of the signs. Remember, you shouldn’t wait for symptoms before you take action. If you are at risk for CKD, you should be screened at least once a year for any evidence of chronic kidney disease. The earlier CKD is detected, the greater the benefit of early treatment. Talk to your doctor immediately if you notice any of these signs and symptoms of kidney disease.
- Changes in urination—including foamy or bloody urine, more or less urine than usual or getting up more at night to urinate
- Fatigue—lack of usual energy or feeling overwhelmingly tired
- Itching—waste buildup in your blood can cause severe itching
- Swelling in hands or feet—swelling can occur when kidneys aren’t removing extra fluid over time
- Shortness of breath—extra fluid not removed by kidneys can build up in your lungs; breathlessness can also be caused by anemia
- Pain in the small of your back—localized pain near your kidneys that doesn’t change or becomes worse when you move or stretch
Other potential symptoms of kidney disease
- High blood pressure
- Poor appetite or nausea and vomiting
- Puffiness around your eyes, especially in the morning
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Recognize a symptom? Talk to your doctor ASAP.
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Get screened for chronic kidney disease once a year.