What are the symptoms of CKD?
You may start to have symptoms only a few months after your kidneys begin to fail. But most people don’t have symptoms early on. In fact, many don’t have symptoms for as long as 30 years or more. This is called the “silent” phase of the disease.
How well your kidneys work is called kidney function. As your kidney function gets worse, you may:
Urinate less than normal.
Have swelling from fluid buildup in your tissues. This is called edema.
Feel very tired or sleepy.
Not feel hungry, or you may lose weight without trying.
Often feel sick to your stomach (nauseated) or vomit.
Have trouble sleeping.
Have headaches or trouble thinking clearly.
Bleeding from the stomach or intestines
Bone, joint, and muscle pain
Changes in blood sugar
Damage to nerves of the legs and arms (peripheral neuropathy)
Fluid buildup around the lungs (pleural effusion)
Heart and blood vessel complications
Congestive heart failure
Coronary artery disease
High blood pressure
High phosphorous levels
High potassium levels
Increased risk of infections
Liver damage or failure
Miscarriages and infertility
Weakening of the bones and increased risk of fractures