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What Happens When Your Kidneys Are Only Working 20 %


2013-12-31 17:03

What Happens When Your Kidneys Are Only Working 20 %Many patients may wonder what happens when your kidneys are only working 20%. In the following, you can have a look.

What are kidney functions?

Kidney is an important organ in body. It has the following functions:

-Remove wastes and toxins from your body.

-Generate the urine.

-Balance electrolytes and acid-base.

-Control blood pressure, because it can excrete renin and prostaglandin.

-Promote erythropoiesis.

-Activate vitamin D.

What happens when your kidneys are only working 20%?

When your kidneys are only working 20%, it means you are in the fourth stage of kidney disease, in which you have to prepare for dialysis or kidney transplant. You may experience the below symptoms:

-Changed urination due to the imbalance of fluid in the body. You may urinate more or less than normal and urinate frequently, especially at night. You may also experience foamy urine and hematuria, because protein and blood cells leak.

-Edema which results from water and sodium retention. There may be swelling in your lower legs, hands, or face around the eyes. With too much fluid in your body, you may feel short of breath.

-Symptoms associated high blood pressure, such as headache, fatigue or confusion, vision problems, chest pain, difficult breathing, irregular heartbeat, etc.

-Symptoms related with anemia, such as easy fatigue and loss of energy, usually rapid heart beat, particularly with exercise, short of breath, headache, difficult concentrating, dizziness, pale skin, leg cramp, insomnia, etc.

-Symptoms caused by high potassium, such as muscle weakness, disrupted heartbeat, fatigue, mild paralysis, problem in breathing, seizure, nausea, numbness or tingling sensation in the extremities.

-Symptoms caused by high phosphorus, such as skin itch, bone disease and so on.

Different patients may have different symptoms.

If you leave these symptoms alone, your kidney function will decline quickly and you have to live on dialysis. With the help of online doctors, you will get more knowledge.


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