Symptoms of Chronic Kidney Disease
In its early phases, chronic kidney disease usually doesn’t cause symptoms. However, as the condition progresses to the end-stage renal disease stage, it can cause a number of symptoms, including:
- Feeling weak or tired
- Trouble sleeping
- Swelling of feet and ankles
- Poor appetite
- Needing to urinate more often, especially at night
- Muscle cramping at night
- Shortness of breath
- Metallic taste in mouth
- Chest pain
- Altered mental state
- Problem with concentration
- Reduced libido
- Menstrual irregularities
- Numbness and tingling in hands and feet
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Last reviewed November 2008 by ]]>Adrienne Carmack, MD]]>
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