Fatigue and weakness can be one common symptom in chronic kidney disease (CKD),especially in stage 3-4 kidney disease.This debilitating condition can increase the risk of developing other complications.What are the causes of fatigue and weakness in stage 3 kidney disease?
Anemia is the most common cause of fatigue in CKD. And anemia has been associated with a host of problems, including heart disease, loss of mental function and weakened immune response.The patients with CKD with a GFR< 60 are recommended to do an anemia workup.
Fatigue has a dramatic effect on the lives of patients with stage 3 kidney disease.For example,it is common for renal patients to quit their jobs due to fatigue and weakness.Additionally, chronic fatigue also can reduce the patients’ life quality significantly.Some patients complain that fatigue and weakness make them lose a normal life.
Fatigue and weakness in stage 3 kidney disease is mainly due to anemia and also can be affected by iron deficiency.Healthy kidneys can produce a kind of hormone called EPO.EPO can stimulate the bone marrow to produce a certain a number of red blood cells.However,the diseased kidneys fail to make EPO. As a result, less red blood cells are produced, thus resulting in anemia.
Another cause of anemia in stage 3 Kidney Disease is insufficient iron intake.Iron is an important material to make red blood cells.Foods rich in proteins are an important source of iron.However,the patients with reduced renal function have to limit protein consumption,especially those with proteinuria.It can lower the levels of iron in body. Lower levels of iron can contribute to anemia.
Apart from fatigue and weakness, anemia in stage 3 kidney disease also can make the patients feel cold.This is because iron can regulate the temperature of the body. Heart disease is the most significant complication of anemia.
As anemia may result in a host of problems, it is important for the patients with stage 3 kidney disease to seek for effective treatment to control it. How to treat anemia associated with kidney disease? Email to firstname.lastname@example.org to get more treatment information.