Most people with CKD have no symptoms because the body can tolerate even a large reduction in kidney function.

A change in kidney function is usually discovered through a routine blood or urine test. If you are diagnosed with kidney disease, your kidney function will be monitored with regular blood and urine tests, and treatment aims to keep any symptoms to a minimum.

If the kidneys continue to lose function and there is progression towards kidney failure.

If kidney failure does occur, the symptoms may include:

  • weight loss and poor appetite
  • swollen ankles, feet or hands (due to water retention) 
  • shortness of breath 
  • blood or protein in your urine 
  • an increased need to urinate, particularly at night 
  • insomnia
  • itchy skin 
  • muscle cramps
  • high blood pressure
  • nausea

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The National Kidney Federation cannot accept responsibility for information provided. The above is for guidance only. Patients are advised to seek further information from their own doctor.