Mar 5, 2018 by Comfort Keepers of Blaine
Symptoms of kidney disease in seniors can be subtle, making the condition difficult to diagnose for what it is. Primary in home health care providers and seniors in Blaine MN should educate themselves on the most common symptoms of kidney disease, so they can alert their doctors if they experience any of the following symptoms.
Decreased kidney function can cause sodium retention which may lead to swollen feet and ankles. Swollen feet and ankles can also be a symptom of chronic leg vein issues, heart disease, or liver disease.
When the kidneys begin to not work properly, a buildup of wastes in the body or anemia, the shortage of beneficial red blood cells, can lead to feelings of fatigue or weakness
When wastes build up in the blood from decreased kidney function, a person may experience a bad taste in their mouth. In some cases, a bad taste in the mouth can be the result of medications used to treat other diseases and ailments, such as kidney stones, arthritis, and high blood pressure.
The kidneys are responsible for the urine, which means that changes in urination or pain during urination can indicate kidney disease. Some examples of urination changes can include: urine that has traces of blood, foamy or bubbly urine, difficulty urinating, or overwhelming urges to urinate in the middle of the night.
Many times, anemia and kidney disease can cause an individual to feel constantly cold, even when they are surrounded by warmth. In addition, pyelonephritis or a kidney infection may lead to fever and chills.
Too much fluid retained in the body can build up in the lungs, causing a senior or older adult to feel shortness of breath or difficulty with breathing. Shortness of breath is often seen in the later stages of kidney disease.
A doctor can perform basic screening tests for kidney disease. If kidney disease is found during screenings and testing, a medical doctor known as a nephrologist can conduct an evaluation and recommend lifestyle changes or medications that can slow the progression of this condition.