April 23, 2019
Kidney Disease Symptoms

Kidney Disease Symptoms

by Peter Jaret  

In its early stages, chronic kidney disease (CKD) typically has no symptoms. As the disease worsens, you may have swollen ankles, legs, and feet, a condition called edema, caused by a buildup of extra fluid and salt that the kidneys can’t properly dispose of. As CKD becomes advanced, some symptoms might include:

  • Fatigue
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Confusion
  • Increased or decreased urination
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Poor appetite
  • Headaches
  • Easy bruising
  • Dry, itchy, or numb skin

This article first appeared in the March 2019 issue of UC Berkeley Health After 50.