Kidney Disease Symptoms

Signs of chronic kidney disease (CKD) are not easy to detect in the early stages as kidney disease symptoms vary for every individual. And often, the symptoms are exhibited when kidney function is substantially impaired. This is the reason kidney disease is referred to as a “silent condition.” 

Over 10% of the global population is affected by some degree of CKD, and a sizable number among them face the chance of progression to end-stage kidney disease. Therefore, it is critical to be watchful of any kidney disease symptoms that may appear. 

Early signs of kidney disease

Illustration of person with chronic kidney disesase symptoms

Most people with Stage 1 CKD and Stage 2 CKD do not experience any symptoms that affect their health. This is the reason why many patients do not realise they have chronic kidney disease till later stages. However, there are still some early signs of kidney disease patients may notice or doctors may notice while testing for kidney damage or other health conditions.

  • Swelling in your hands or feet
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Blood in your urine
  • Protein in your urine
  • High blood pressure
  • Kidney damage that shows up in an ultrasound, CT scan, MRI or kidney biopsy

It can be beneficial to receive regular blood and urine tests, especially if you have a family history of kidney disease or other risk factors such as diabetes or high blood pressure.

What are the symptoms of kidney disease?

Signs and symptoms of chronic kidney disease develop over time if kidney damage progresses. The most common signs of advanced-stage kidney disease or kidney failure are outlined below.

The signs and symptoms of chronic kidney disease (CKD) are mostly non-specific in nature and can also be caused by other health conditions. Talk to your doctor if you have any of these symptoms for an accurate diagnosis.

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Symptoms


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