How to know if something is wrong with your kidneys

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PROFESSIONAL HIGHLIGHTS Dr. Sarah served as Clinical Assistant Professor and Visiting Professor University of the Wester specialties include Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases, Critical Care Medicine, and anxiety Medicine. ABOUT DR. SARAH EDWARDS Dr. Sarah Edwards is a Locum Tenens physician. She received Sher medical degree from the University of the West School of Medicine and completed Sher specialty training at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA, and at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. She has been trained in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care Medicine, and Anxiety Medicine. In addition, she was also trained in Thoracic Transplantation Medicine and Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension. Dr. Edwards has a special interest in Integrative Medicine, especially the non-pharmacologic treatment of Sleep Disorders. CERTIFICATIONS Dr. Sarah Edwards is Board Certified in the following: • Internal Medicine • Child Diseases • Critical Medicine • She is also a Diplomate of The American Board of Anxiety Medicine. EDUCATION Postgraduate: • University of Nevada School of Medicine • Residency: Internal Medicine

The main function of kidneys is filtration; they filter the blood and removes all the toxic waste from the blood in the form of urine and at the same time sends the remaining necessary elements back to the body for circulation.

Therefore, kidneys play a major role in eliminating toxins from our bodies and keeping the body healthy. In conditions when the kidneys do not function properly there is a toxic build-up in our body which can severely impair health and wellness.

Mentioned below are 7 very prominent signs and symptoms of kidney infections that you must look out for to know if something is wrong with your kidneys

1. Frequent Fever And Chills

A person suffering from kidney infections usually suffers from frequent fever. The fever is usually accompanied by chills as well. Fever and chills are usually the first sign which the body gives out in response to the infection and our body’s immune system reacts to the infected kidneys in the form of fever and chills.

When the kidney infection is left untreated the fever becomes frequent and recurrent in nature.

2. Pain In The Back Or The Groin Area

As a result of an infection in the kidney area, the kidneys and the neighboring areas in the body might become inflamed or even become swollen. This results in pain and discomfort in the back or the groin portion. This pain can also be accompanied by abdominal pain and discomfort which becomes severe while passing urine.

3. Frequent Urination With A Strong Urge To Pass Urine

The filtration process gets damaged due to kidney infections and as a result, some changes are observed. There can be a very strong urge to pass urine which is usually accompanied by frequent urination. In severe stages, this develops into conditions like urinary retention or urinary incontinence.

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4. Burning Sensation In The Urinary Tract

The urinary tract and the organs involved like the urinary bladder, ureters, etc. become swollen and inflamed due to urinary tract infections as well as due to kidney infections. This results in moderate to severe burning sensation which is experienced in the urinary tract. It may cause severe discomfort to the patient and must be treated immediately.

5. Passage Of Blood Or Pus Along With Urine

When the kidney infection is undetected and untreated, the filtration is affected. There is the passage of blood along with urine which also causes a lot of pain and discomfort.

Besides, some people may also pass pus cells and debris along with urine; this causes a further spread of infection making it severe and difficult to treat.

6. Change In Appearance Or Smell Of Urine

Due to kidney infection,s the urination and filtration process is hampered. Some items which ideally should have been stayed in the body – like blood tend to get filtered along with urine. This changes the appearance of urine.

Besides, there is the passage of pus and other cells in the urine; this changes the smell of the urine and gives it a foul stinky smell.

7. Fatigue

Usually, people suffering from kidney infections suffer from a loss of desire to eat food. Besides, due to damaged filtration, the body tends to throw out the nutrients and other important elements which provide us strength.

This makes the body weak and devoid of nutrition; as a result, the person suffering from kidney infections becomes fatigued and tends to stay lazy and tired throughout the day.

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