If the kidneys are failing, excess fluid in the body won’t drain as normal, which results in a buildup of fluid and swelling in the legs, ankles, feet, or hands.
If your kidneys are healthy, they will naturally secrete beneficial levels of a hormone called erythropoietin (EPO), which encourages red blood cell production that carries oxygen to the muscles and brain. If the kidneys are in failure they will produce reduced levels or cease EPO production completely, leading to fatigue and anemia.
Trouble concentrating often results from anemia as well due to the simple fact that the brain is deprived of vital oxygen. Oftentimes, dizziness, lack of focus, poor memory, fainting, and difficulties concentrating will result.
10. Changes in Urination
Kidneys make urine. So, when the kidneys are failing, changes in urination may occur with patients needing to use the bathroom more urgently and getting up frequently throughout the night to relieve oneself. You may urinate greater quantities and with increased pressure. Urine may also be foamy or contain traces of blood.
11. Sleep Problems
Another symptom that seems to go hand in hand with CKD is sleep problems. They affect between 45 and 80-percent of people with CKD, particularly those in the late stages of the disease.
Most frequently these sleep problems include disorders such as insomnia, restless leg syndrome, and sleep apnea. It’s also possible to experience periodic limb movements and twitches, which can make it challenging to fall asleep and stay asleep. This lack of adequate rest can cause persistent loss of energy and, over time, may even lead to depressive disorders.