Chronic Kidney Disease Chapter 12

Symptoms of CKD


Early Symptoms of CKD

One reason CKD is so dangerous is that it can progress for years with few if any symptoms. If early symptoms do occur, they may be mistaken for symptoms of other disorders. The following symptoms may be the only signals that CKD is present until the disease is more advanced:

  • Fatigue and weakness

  • Headaches

  • Loss of appetite, nausea

  • Weight loss

  • Dry, itchy skin



Later Symptoms of CKD

Later in the course of the disease more severe symptoms may appear. Because the kidneys are adaptable and can often compensate for lost function, the following symptoms may not appear until irreversible damage has been done:

  • Problems concentrating, confusion

  • Memory loss

  • Sleepiness

  • Bone pain

  • Numbness in hands or feet

  • Edema (swelling of feet and hands)

  • Muscle twitching or cramps

  • Bad breath

  • Bruising easily

  • Abnormally dark or light skin

  • Excessive thirst

  • Decreased or no urine output

  • Lack of interest in sex

  • Impotence

  • Lack of menstrual periods

  • Sleep problems, such as insomnia, sleep apnea, and restless leg syndrome

  • Vomiting, usually in the morning

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