It can be hard to tell whether you have anemia, because it can happen with or without symptoms. Many of the symptoms of anemia can also be caused by other problems. For example, a common symptom of anemia is fatigue (feeling very tired), which can also be caused by dialysis.

The only way to know for sure if you have anemia is to get tested. If you are having symptoms, it is important that you talk to your doctor.

  • Dizziness, loss of concentration

    Feeling dizzy or having difficulty concentrating may be a sign that your brain is not getting enough oxygen.

  • Pale skin

    Paleness is caused by reduced blood flow or a lower number of red blood cells.

  • Chest pain

    Anemia in ESRD can increase your risk of heart problems because the heart has to work harder to provide blood to your body. If you have an unusually fast heart rate or are worried about your heart health, please speak to your doctor.

  • Shortness of breath

    Your blood may not have enough red blood cells to deliver oxygen to your muscles. By increasing your breathing rate, your body is trying to bring more oxygen into your body.

  • Fatigue or weakness

    You may feel very tired and weak easily.

  • Cold intolerence

    Sensitivity to the cold may mean there is not enough oxygen being delivered in your blood to your body.