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Signs & Symptoms of Kidney Failure
kidney disease treatment Stone Mountain

Kidneys located in lower back

Kidney failure occurs in people with kidney disease. The kidneys main purpose is to filter wastes and excess fluids from the body and then eliminated from the body in your urine. This natural process of the body progressively becomes disrupted and when kidney failure occurs, dangerous levels of fluid, electrolytes and wastes can accumulate in your body.

The kidneys are two bean-shaped organs located in the lower back on either side of the spin as indicated in the illustration.

Early Signs of Kidney Disease

Often kidney disease starts out slowly and may not have dramatic  signs and symptoms. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is often an issue for years before damage starts to take a serious toll on the body. Signs and symptoms to be on the look out for include:

  •  – Changes in Urination
  •  – Swelling in Legs, ankles, feet and hands
  •  – Tiredness, fatigue
  •  – Leg Pain
  •  – Breathing Difficulty
  •  – Metallic Taste in Mouth
  •  – Skin Irritations
  •  – Cold feet, hands, ears and chills
  •  – Nausea
  •  – Dizziness or light headedness


Who is at Risk?

Millions of people are unaware that they are suffering from chronic kidney disease (CKD). In most cases it is caused by uncontrolled hypertension or diabetes, and is often fails to show noticeable symptoms until its later stages. Many people just get used to, or ignore how they are feeling, when the signs listed above are occurring in their body.

The number of people with CKD has been on the rise at a significant pace in the last decade due to the aging population and the the increase of obesity in adults and children.

A report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association  found 13 percent of American adults, approximately 26 million people, have CKD disease. This is up 10 percent, or about 20 million people, from just a decade ago.

What Can You Do to Avoid CKD Disease?

Just about every week you can see a program or segment on on TV or radio featuring health matters. There has been a big push to increase the awareness about the dangers associated with being over weight, smoking and lack of exercise. While it’s not easy to make lifestyle changes early, the alternative is potentially putting your body at risk for getting CKD and having to under go dialysis and even death.

Dr. Kemdi Ihenacho is a kidney and hypertension specialist (nephrologist) who treats  many patients for these diseases. His office is in Stone Mountain at Vistas Medical Center.