10 Symptoms of Chronic Kidney Disease

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a tricky condition. Most people have no symptoms until their kidney disease is advanced. Most people with CKD feel well.

These symptoms often start very gradually and are not noticed until too late. By the time, some people with CKD feel ill, they may already be in a life threatening situation. That’s the big danger of CKD.

Here are the 10 symptoms of CKD.


No symptoms


Feeling more tired and having less energy


Having difficulty to concentrate


Having little appetite and possibly some nausea on and off.


Finding it hard to have a good night’s sleep.


Having muscle cramps at night


Having swollen feet and ankles and puffy eyes, especially in the morning (oedema)


Having a dry skin which is very itchy


Needing to urinate more often, especially at night.


Having difficulty breathing, initially on lying flat or climbing stairs. Later, the breathlessness becomes more and more frequent. This is possibly the most serious symptom of CKD.

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