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Chronic Kidney Disease: Common Symptoms of CKD

The kidneys are two bean-shaped organs located on either side of the spine in the lower middle of the back. The kidneys are responsible for filtering waste through the blood using millions of tiny filters (called nephrons), and flushing them out of the body via the urine. However, when nephrons get damaged, or worse, a kidney fails completely, waste build ups in the blood and can’t be eliminated from the body—which will result in toxic sickness.

Chronic kidney disease (or CKD) is often an issue for years before damage starts to take a serious toll on the body. However, the following 15 symptoms do exist and can indicate chronic kidney disease…

1. Pain

In some patients CKD will cause leg pain—especially in the upper back or where the legs meet the torso (on the same side as the failing kidney). Cysts filled with fluid or kidney stones can also result from kidney disease and cause extreme pain in bursts or spasms that come and go.

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