6. Shortness Of Breath
This is a little-known symptom that is often associated with kidney disease. There are a few reasons why unhealthy kidneys cause shortness of breath. First, when the kidneys aren’t functioning properly, there is an excess build-up of fluid in the body. This fluid can easily move into the lungs. Second, we’ve already discussed how people with kidney disease often have anemia, but did you know that anemia is also associated with shortness of breath? It makes sense, seeing as anemia deprives the body of oxygen.
5. Swelling In The Ankles, Feet, And Hands
We’ve already discussed how unhealthy kidneys leads to fluid build-up. This extra fluid in the body means that you have a high sodium retention, which usually results in swollen ankles, feet, and hands. Swelling in your legs, ankles, and feet can also indicate problems with your heart, liver, or veins. So, if you’re experiencing swelling, you should definitely go see your doctor. There are a few medications available to help with swelling, but again, sometimes the medication can further aggravate your kidneys, so make sure to consult your doctor before starting any new medication.