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Kidney Problems

Kidney disease often has no symptoms until it is very far along.  The only way to be sure how your kidneys are working is to get tested.  If you do have symptoms, they might include:

  • Feeling sick to your stomach often
  • Feeling tired or dizzy often
  • Swelling in your feet, hands or face
  • Back pain
  • Bloody, foamy or dark-colored urine
  • High blood pressure
  • A change in how often you go to the bathroom (pee more or less often)

If you think you may have a kidney problem, talk to your doctor.  Kidney problems that are caught early can often be treated.  Kidney problems that are left untreated may lead to permanent damage (chronic kidney disease, or CKD) or even kidney failure.

Learn more about some common kidney problems and conditions:

Kidney stones

Blood in your urine

Protein in your urine

Nephrotic syndrome

Acute kidney injury

Learn about the simple tests that can tell you if your kidneys are working properly.

Download our free Kidney Health Tracker to keep track of your test results.


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