Healthy kidneys work to filter waste products and excess fluids from the blood and flush them from the body in urine. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a gradual, progressive condition in which the kidneys suffer damage over time and lose their ability to perform their proper functions.
Signs and symptoms of chronic kidney disease often develop over time because the damage progresses slowly. Signs and symptoms of kidney disease may include:
- Loss of appetite
- Fatigue and weakness
- Sleep problems
- Changes in frequency of urination
- Decreased mental sharpness
- Muscle twitches and cramps
- Swelling of feet and ankles
- Persistent itching
- Chest pain, if fluid builds up around the lining of the heart
- Shortness of breath, if fluid builds up in the lungs
- High blood pressure (hypertension) that’s difficult to control
Signs and symptoms of kidney disease are often nonspecific, meaning they can also be caused by other illnesses. Because your kidneys are highly adaptable and able to compensate for lost function, signs and symptoms may not appear until irreversible damage has occurred.
Chronic Kidney Disease Management
For chronic kidney disease management, call Florida Kidney Physicians or request an appointment online. The doctors at FKP have a long history of success. Combined, they have over 400 years of experience with a variety of sub-specializations.
CKD Education for patients
We offer patient education classes for CKD twice a month, called CKD 4 Education. Classes are taught by a Registered Nurse Practitioner. If you are interested in CKD 4 Education, talk to your doctor about it.