Our kidneys filter our blood to make urine. They are also remove waste from our blood. They are bean-shaped and are roughly the size of an average fist. You can find both of your kidneys directly below your rib cage, on both sides of your spine. Our kidneys are extremely vital organs in our bodies because they keep our blood clean and help prevent waste buildup. They also regulate the levels of electrolytes in our bodies and assist in making hormones which make red blood cells, regulate blood pressure, and keep our bones strong.
Kidney damage or kidney failure is very serious business. When our kidneys fail, our bodies fill up with waste and excess fluid. This can cause symptoms such as nausea, dizziness or even seizures. If you are experiencing any kidney pain or kidney damage symptoms, consult with your doctor immediately.
Kidney damage is debilitating and can result in acute kidney injury or even chronic kidney disease. Here are signs of kidney damage you should know.
1. One major red flag of kidney damage is pain in your lower back just below the rib cage or close to the side of your back.
People often confuse kidney back pain with muscle pain, but the pain is actually coming from your kidneys, which are located below your rib cage and on either side of your spine.
If your lower back pain is persistent and you find that it is hindering you from performing your regular daily activities, visit a doctor immediately.
Kidney pain typically occurs on one side of the back, but it is not uncommon to experience pain on both sides of your back.
2. One of the most obvious signs of kidney damage is a change in your urination. Because one of your kidneys’ main functions is to produce urine, any type of change in your urine or urination habits is likely to be kidney damage.
If you notice that you are urinating more, less, or even notice that your urine is lighter or darker in color than normal, you should consult your doctor.
Also keep an eye out for any other changes in your urine such as a change in smell or even blood in your urine.
Finally, if you notice that you are experiencing pain when urinating or are even experiencing difficulty urinating, it could be a sign of kidney damage.
3. Nausea (vomiting or diarrhea) is another symptom of kidney failure.
If you are experiencing lower back pain as well as changes in your urination and find that you are nauseous, you should consult your doctor immediately.
Vomiting and diarrhea can result in dehydration and weight loss, so the sooner you consult your doctor, the better.
If you’re suffering from kidney damage, you may also experience a loss of appetite as well as a lingering, bad taste in your mouth. You may have difficulty sleeping. Because of this, you may also experience a drop in energy, fatigue, drowsiness, or even dizziness.
4. Another major symptom of kidney damage is the swelling of legs, feet, face, ankles, or hands.
The reason your body swells when experiencing kidney damage is because your kidneys are failing to remove any excess fluid, causing certain parts of your body to swell up.
This may also cause a shortness of breath or difficulty breathing due to the extra fluid built up in your lungs.
Kidney damage or kidney failure is sometimes mistaken with asthma or even heart failure because of chest pain due to fluid buildup in lungs. If you are experiencing any shortness of breath, it could be a possible sign of kidney damage.