The Symptoms of CKD

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.

Possible Complications


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


Swelling (edema)

Weakening of the bones and increased risk of fractures


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