Kidney disease is a very serious medical condition that can even sometimes result in death. Today we will be discussing what kidney disease is, what the symptoms are, and what the treatment for this disease is.
What is kidney disease?
First, we should start by talking about what the kidneys are for. Kidneys are two bean shaped organs in your body that clean your blood by removing waste and excess fluid, keeps all electrolytes and salt levels in check and help keep your blood pressure rate where it should be. Sometimes your kidneys become damaged and can lead to serious issues with your body.
There are several reasons why a person might develop kidney disease; some of them are diabetes, high blood pressure, immune systems diseases chronic urinary tract infections, defects from birth, a family history of kidney failure and overusing pain killers or street drugs. Chronic kidney disease is when are person has decreased function in their kidneys for over three months. Kidney disease can cause waste to back up into your system and lead to kidney failure.
What are the symptoms of kidney disease?
At the very early stages of kidney disease there is usually no symptoms to report. The only way to even tell a person at this stage may be having kidney trouble is by a blood test and maybe if a person complains of mild lower back pain it could be the start of kidney disease.
As the disease progresses the following symptoms will be begin popping up, such as, feeling extreme fatigue, having trouble concentrating, not wanting to eat, muscle cramping at night, not being able to sleep, having swollen feet and ankles, puffiness around eyes an face, having dry, itchy skin, needing to urinate a lot, and having lower back pain may be signs of kidney disease.
What are the tests to check and how is it treated?
There are a few tests to check for kidney disease, and they include checking for high blood pressure, urinalysis to check for protein levels and white blood cells, and checking the Glomerular filtration rate. GFR is a test to check to see if your serum creatinine levels are over 60. Anything over 60 can mean you have kidney disease. Treating kidney disease is usually done by controlling the underlying issue such as the high blood pressure, the diabetes, and taking the medications that are given to you buy your doctor. Eating healthy food and drinking a lot of water can help you keep your system good.
I hope you have found this article informative and you can go to your doctor to get more information. If you start to have lower back pain it could very well be the start of the kidney disease, especially when combined with having trouble urinating or a lot of pressure.