Chronic Kidney Disease

April 19, 2023

Chronic kidney disease, also called chronic kidney failure, involves a gradual loss of kidney function.

Signs and symptoms of chronic kidney disease develop over time if kidney damage progresses slowly. Loss of kidney function can cause a buildup of fluid or body waste or electrolyte problems. Depending on how severe it is, loss of kidney function can cause:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Sleep problems
  • Urinating more or less
  • Decreased mental sharpness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Swelling of feet and ankles
  • Dry, itchy skin
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • that’s difficult to control
  • Shortness of breath, if fluid builds
  • up in the lungs
  • Chest pain, if fluid builds up around the lining of the heart