If you suspect you might have kidney disease, it’s really important to get it diagnosed sooner rather than later. If you have stage 3 kidney disease, this means you already have moderate damage to your kidneys and will need some kind of treatment. Let’s take a look at the stage 3 kidney disease symptoms, which should help you know if you have the condition. This will allow to seek further help from a medical professional including a diagnosis and the necessary treatment.
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Stage 3 kidney disease symptoms
If you feel tired more than what is usual for you, there could be a bigger reason behind it. Feeling exhausted even when you’ve had plenty of sleep or you have no other reasons to feel this way might be a sign that you have the condition. Your kidneys make a hormone called EPO, this helps your body create red blood cells which carry oxygen. When the kidneys fail, this causes the EPO to decrease. So with less oxygen in your body, you are going to have large levels of fatigue as a result.
2. Changes in your urine
One of the symptoms of stage 3 kidney disease include changes to the appearance of your urine. It might look foamy, brown, dark-orange, red or contain blood. Also, you might find yourself urinating more or less than what is usual. The urine is affected in this way when the kidneys are damaged because it’s the kidneys that makes the urine.
3. Food tasting like metal/ammonia breath
Kidney disease causes a build up of waste in the blood, which can make all food you eat taste like metal and it can also result in bad breath. This can be embarrassing of course but many people also lose weight with this symptom because they lose their appetite. Many people report that they especially don’t feel like eating meat when this occurs.
4. Muscle cramps
Cramps in the muscles and restless legs are both signs to look out for when the kidneys are not working as they should be. These things usually both recent in insomnia which over time can cause mental problems like stress and even anxiety. If left alone, the problems from stage 3 kidney disease symptoms will only worsen so don’t expect them to get better on their own.
5. Feeling dizzy, faint or weak
Many who have kidney failure, will also experience anemia which is problems with the blood that results in your brain not getting enough oxygen. This can lead to you feeling dizzy and weak, it can even make you faint which can of course be very dangerous.
6. Getting short of breath often
Anemia from stage 3 kidney disease can also result in you not being able to catch you breath often (even when you have no reason not to.) Another reason why this could happen is because extra fluid can build up in the body due to the condition.
7. Swelling in hands/feet
If you have been noticing that your hands and/or feet have been swelling up a lot recently, this could be due to kidney disease. Water retention will cause this to happen because kidneys that are failing, struggle to successfully remove excess water from the body so the only place it has to go is on your body!