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:
- Trouble concentrating
- Increased or decreased urination
- Nausea, vomiting
- Poor appetite
- Easy bruising
- Dry, itchy, or numb skin
This article first appeared in the March 2019 issue of UC Berkeley Health After 50.