You may not know that you have nephrotic syndrome until you have routine blood and urine tests at a health care appointment. The results of your tests can show that you have too much protein in your urine and not enough protein in your blood. They can also show that your levels of cholesterol and triglycerides are too high. Other signs of nephrotic syndrome can include:
- Swelling in your legs, feet, ankles, and sometimes face and hands
- Weight gain
- Feeling very tired
- Foamy or bubbly urine
- Not feeling hungry
If you have any of these symptoms, or if you have blood tests that show your cholesterol and triglyceride levels are too high, talk to your health care provider (doctor, nurse practitioner or physician assistant) about checking your kidney health.
If you have nephrotic syndrome, your health care provider might want you to have more tests to find out what is causing the problem.