These Signs Tell That Your Kidneys Aren’t Working Correctly
5 Taste of metal in mouth
One of the most distinguishable signs that our body gives us when our kidneys are failing is that we start to taste metal or have a persistent metallic taste in our mouth. The condition is called Dysgeusia. Some people also have the stench of ammonia in their breath, if their kidneys are not working properly. This happens because the ammonia is usually filtered out by the kidneys via the urine, but as they are not doing their job properly, the body compensates, by balancing the ammonia in the saliva for removal and hence the stench of ammonia in breath.
Those diagnosed with chronic kidney disease may also suffer from an associated disorder called sleep apnea. Alternately if you suffer from sleep apnea you may want to get your kidneys checked too. Sleep apnea is a breathing disorder where your breathing rhythm can get disrupted while sleeping. In certain cases, it can even stop making you awake several times at night. The breathing pauses in this condition can last from a few seconds to a minute after which normal breathing is resumed again. This is signaled by loud snorting noise. If you suddenly find yourself habituated to heavy snoring, then it’s time to see a doctor.
Vitamin D is produced during healthy kidney function and is responsible for strong bones and production of EPO (erythroprotein) which is a hormone necessary for the production of red blood cells. Poor kidney function results in reduced levels of EPO which in turn means low red blood cell production carrying less oxygen to organs including the brain. This is why you may get headaches, foggy brain and brain fatigue if suffering from kidney disease.
Due to the above explanation of poor red blood cell production, chronic kidney disease also causes anemia that starts when a person experiences only 20-50% of normal kidney function. Even though you may be getting adequate sleep but still feel tired and fatigue, it could be a sign of anemia. You will need to get a blood test but first, consult your doctor.