Specific organs control specific functions in your body. When these organs aren’t performing correctly, it causes blatant signs that something is wrong. The only problem is that many people don’t know what the signs are.
Let’s take the kidneys, for example. They filter 10 to 150 quarts of blood every single day. They detoxify it, which maintains the balance in the fields of the body. If the kidneys aren’t expelling the waste properly, your body will negatively react.
Here are the signs and symptoms you can expect if your kidneys aren’t performing properly or are shutting down:
This is one of the most easily recognized symptoms that would reveal an issue with the kidneys. It is because our body retains an excessive amount of water that causes your joints and limbs to bloat.
2. Urinary Changes
Any changes in your urinary habits could be a sign. Here are some examples:
Difficulty in urination
Pressure in urination
Urine is a dark or pale color
Urinating is more or less frequent than normal
The amount of the urine is smaller or larger than normal
The urine is foamy
Instant urges to urinate
3. Skin Rashes
When there is an accumulation of waste materials in your body, your skin will react. It will manifest white rashes and acne, with over-the-counter products providing little help.
Fatigue can be the cause of many things in our fast-paced society, but could also be a sign that something is terribly wrong. Kidneys don’t only remove toxins from the body, but they also produce a hormone called Erthropoietin (EPO). It stimulates the production of red blood cells, which carry oxygen to different parts of our body.
When there aren’t enough red blood cells, the amount of oxygen required for different regions will not be supplied. In an attempt to save some of the oxygen, your body makes you tired and wants you to rest.
5. Shortness of Breath
This goes along with what we mentioned above about the red blood cells. When there aren’t enough of them to supply different parts of the body, in this case the lungs, then you won’t be able to take full breaths or experience the lungs expanding to their fullest capacity.
6. The Presence of a Metallic Taste
The accumulation of waste in your body will cause you to have bad breath and have a bad taste in your mouth. It will make you food taste bad, and will be impossible to ignore.
7. Dizziness and Lack of Focus
With the amount of oxygen depleted in your body, it will make you dizzy and disrupt you ability to focus. You’ll become forgetful, and will eventually feel fatigued (if you don’t already do).
8. Pain in the Upper Back
This is one of the most prominent symptoms. Pain in your upper back indicates a renal failure, as well as a kidney infection or kidney stones.
A good rule of thumb here: when in doubt, talk to your doctor.