What is this Kidney Disease?
Chronic renal disease is simply another name for the chronic condition in which the kidneys slowly loose function. In general, this condition will get progressively worse. According to the National Institute of Health, about two out of every 1000 people in the United States have this condition.
Since the job of the kidneys is so vital to the function of the body, it’s often quite important for the condition to be treated as soon as possible. The kidneys have the job of removing waste and excess water, minerals, salt and potassium from the body. Without this, the body can build up a toxic level of waste products.
Renal disease classified as chronic worsens over time. Many people have no or few symptoms of the condition during the initial phases. In fact, many will suffer with kidney disease without knowing it for years.
It can take months of years for the condition to worsen to a level where symptoms do occur. At that time, the condition may be in its end stages. Most of the time, no symptoms occur until the function of the kidneys is at one tenth of the normal level.
Once the condition progresses, it leads to end stage rental disease. At this point, the kidney’s function is below 10 percent. Most patients at this level need dialysis to remove waste from the body and may need a kidney transplant.
- A general feeling of being ill, tired
- Appetite loss
- Unexplained weight loss
- Abnormally dark skin or light skin
- Pain in the bones
- Excessive thirst
- Bruising and bleeding that occurs easily
- Swelling in the feet, hands and other areas of the body, called edema
- Sleep difficulties
- In women, menstrual periods often stop without reason
Other individuals have other symptoms as well. It’s uncommon to learn about a kidney disease unless a test is performed to determine its presence.
Written by Patrick Ireland