Kidney failure is characterized by some or all the kidney function loss due to various chronic kidney diseases’ progression. In clinic, there are five stages of chronic kidney failure, and stage 3 kidney failure means that the kidney function is mildly damaged with Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR) reduced to 30-59ml/min. At this stage of kidney failure, many symptoms are present. Doctors can give you some suggestions based on the symptoms.
Some general symptoms of stage 3 kidney failure include:
►Swelling: When the patient’s function is mild damaged, the glomerular filtration rate declines, which means that excessive wastes and toxins cannot be discharged. More fluids accumulates inside the body and thus cause swelling in the hands, arms, legs or ankles. Sometimes, other organs may be affected, for example, pulmonary edema is caused by the fluids in the lungs. Patients may experience trouble in breathing.
► Fatigue: Patients may always feel weak or tired even without mild activities. This condition is called fatigue in clinic. It happens because anemia. For stage 3 kidney failure patient, his or her kidney cannot produce EPO (erythropoietin), which is essential for the generation of red blood cells. The red blood cells are responsible for the carrying of oxygen. If red blood cells production is reduced, the oxygen supply cannot meet the body’s need. As a result, people feel fatigue.
► Urination changes: The leaky kidneys cannot keep proteins and red blood cells in the body. Then patient will see the urine appears foamy or dark orange, brown, tea-colored or red. The two conditions are respectively called “proteinuria” and “hematuria”. Besides, they may also have more or less urine than before, or go to the toilet more frequently.
The above are the most commonly seen symptoms of stage 3 kidney failure. If other organs are affected, patients may have pain, sleep problems, itchy skin, poor appetite, vomiting or nausea. If left untreated, stage 3 kidney failure is very easy to develop into stage 4 or stage 5 kidney failure. You can leave a message below, and our doctors will give you some suggestions.