• Symptoms of Chronic Kidney Disease

    In its early phases, chronic kidney disease usually doesn’t cause symptoms. However, as the condition progresses to the end-stage renal disease stage, it can cause a number of symptoms, including:
    • Feeling weak or tired
    • Trouble sleeping
    • Swelling of feet and ankles
    • Poor appetite
    • Needing to urinate more often, especially at night
    • Muscle cramping at night
    • Nausea
    • Itching
    • Shortness of breath
    • Metallic taste in mouth
    • Chest pain
    • Altered mental state
    • Hiccups
    • Irritability
    • Problem with concentration
    • Reduced libido
    • Menstrual irregularities
    • Numbness and tingling in hands and feet


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    Chronic kidney disease: patient information handout. American Academy of Family Physicians website. Available at: http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home/common/kidney/832.html . Accessed September 10, 2011.

    National Kidney Foundation. Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative (K/DOQI) clinical practice guidelines for chronic kidney disease: evaluation, classification, and stratification. Am J Kidney Dis. 2002;39:S1-266.

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