Are your kidneys trying to tell you something?
Our kidneys are responsible for filtering out toxins, excess fluids and waste from our blood, which is then excreted through the urine; however, chronic kidney disease can impact how the kidneys function, which can lead to a buildup of toxins and waste in the blood. Contact our Los Angeles, CA, nephrologist Dr. Victor Carabello if you’re experiencing any of these possible warning signs of chronic kidney disease,
Swelling in the Feet
This is a common symptom of chronic kidney disease because as the kidneys stop working properly they are unable to get rid of excess sodium in the blood; therefore, sodium accumulates and water retention occurs. If you find yourself dealing with swelling of the ankles, feet and hands you should turn to our Los Angeles, CA, nephrologist for an immediate evaluation. Make sure that you are staying hydrated, which can help promote good kidney health and combat swelling.>
Blood in the Urine
If you notice brown urine or blood in the urine it’s time to call our nephrologist. Since CKD is progressive, it’s important to catch this problem early when we can provide you with the treatment you need to get CKD under control. We want to prevent kidney damage from getting worse by providing you with immediate treatment.
You’re Tired All of the Time
Fatigue can happen for a number of reasons, and chronic kidney disease is one of them. After all, kidneys are responsible for producing a hormone that stimulates the body to produce red blood cells; however, CKD can cause kidneys to make less of this hormone, which means that there aren’t as many red blood cells carrying oxygen to certain areas of the body including the brain. If you’re feeling tired all of the time, kidney problems could be to blame.
Your Skin Itches…A Lot
Our kidneys are great for removing toxins and waste from the bloodstream, but when they don’t function properly they also can’t remove this waste effectively. This means that waste and toxins build up in the body, which can lead to some pretty severe and chronic itching.
You’re Urinating More Often
Are you making more trips to the bathroom than normal? Do you find yourself suddenly getting up at various times of the night to urinate? Sometimes this is simply an urge to urinate and you find yourself rushing to the bathroom just to discover that you actually don’t have any urinary output. While this can also be a sign of an enlarged prostate or a urinary tract infection, it warrants seeing a doctor to find out what’s going on.
Millions of Americans are living with chronic kidney disease and the scary part is that most people don’t even know it. If you or a loved one is experiencing any of the issues above, call our Los Angeles, CA, nephrologist Dr. Carabello today at (323) 526-2880.