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Tired Or Sick? 5 Warning Signs You May Have More Than Just Lethargy

If you are constantly feeling tired or sick, it could be an indication of an underlying medical condition that might be serious. Although fatigue and feeling sick are symptoms of many different conditions, some more serious than others, you should be on the lookout for any symptoms that might pin down the cause. These five signs could point to kidney failure rather than just needing rest. 

You Have Been Urinating Less

If you are urinating less, it could be a sign that your kidneys are not functioning properly. You also may notice that your urine is foamy, dark yellow or even contains blood. Some people going into kidney failure continue to urinate normally, but abnormalities are always a concern. 

Nausea Won’t Go Away

Nausea that won’t go away is also associated with kidney failure. Sickness caused by regular diseases such as the flu usually goes away in a few days. If your kidneys are failing, however, the nausea will be persistent and may get worse over time. Nausea associated with kidney failure occurs because waste is not properly filtered from the blood like it usually is.

You Are Experiencing Shortness Of Breath

Shortness of breath and an irregular heartbeat are also signs that your kidneys may be shutting down. This may be accompanied by pressure or pain in your chest. These can also be symptoms of heart disease and other serious conditions so they should be checked by a doctor right away. If you are determined to be facing kidney failure, your doctor may put you on a Baxter Dialysis Machine

There Is Swelling In Your Legs

If you are tired all the time and notice your legs, feet and ankles are swelling oddly, go see your doctor immediately. Swollen legs are a common sign of kidney failure. It occurs because the kidneys are no longer removing liquid from your body, allowing it to pool in your lower extremities instead. 

You’re Having Seizures

In extreme cases, kidney failure can bring about seizures or even put you into a coma. Always seek medical treatment if you are experiencing seizures so the cause can be determined. Kidney failure is far from the only cause of seizures but it can be one of them.

Fatigue and sickness can always be indicative of an underlying condition. If you are experiencing any of these other signs, contact a healthcare professional immediately. There are a number of treatment options available that can see you feeling better.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
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