Would you know if you have kidney problems leading to chronic kidney disease? Pinpointing kidney problems can be somewhat tricky. Here’s why: The symptoms of slowly-developing chronic kidney disease (CKD) can be caused by other illnesses. And since your kidneys are so adaptable, they can compensate for lost function; masking signs and symptoms until irreversible damage has occurred.

On the other hand, if kidney damage progresses rapidly, kidney problems can come on quickly and result in acute kidney failure. Acute kidney failure can occur in people hospitalized for any reason, and it’s even more common in people receiving intensive care.

Do you have kidney problems? Know the symptoms

Some of the signs and symptoms of CKD may seem mild or nonspecific. But if they persist or begin to interrupt your activities, see your doctor immediately. The symptoms of kidney problems can include:

  • Chronic nausea
  • Frequent vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Problems sleeping
  • Changes in how much you urinate
  • Decreased mental sharpness
  • Muscle twitches and cramps
  • Swelling in your feet and ankles
  • Persistent itching
  • Chest pain (caused by fluid buildup around the lining of the heart)
  • Shortness of breath (caused by fluid buildup in the lungs)
  • High blood pressure (hypertension) that’s difficult to control

If you or a loved one is experiencing any of the problems listed above, make an appointment with your doctor—especially if you have a history of CKD or a medical condition that increases your risk of kidney disease. In this case, your doctor will likely monitor your blood pressure and kidney function. He or she may also order urine and blood tests during regular office visits.

Advanced, dedicated kidney care in South Texas

At South Texas Renal Care Group, we are proud to provide expert care for chronic kidney disease in South Texas. Our priority is, quite simply, to make leading-edge kidney care accessible and convenient to the people of San Antonio and neighboring areas. Whether you need treatment for chronic kidney disease, vascular access management, dialysis or a kidney transplant, you’ll find it in a compassionate, supportive setting. Come see the difference our dedicated care can make in managing your kidney condition.

To learn more or schedule an appointment, call 210-212-8622 or click here to use our online form.