Kidney Failure (Symptoms, Signs, Stages, Causes, and Treatment)
Table of Contents
- Kidney failure definition and facts
- What are the kidneys? Where are they located?
- What do the kidneys do?
- What causes kidney failure?
- What causes acute kidney failure?
- What causes chronic kidney failure?
- What are the signs and symptoms of kidney failure?
- Does kidney failure cause pain?
- How is kidney failure diagnosed?
- What is the treatment for kidney failure?
- Dialysis and Hemodialysis
- Peritoneal dialysis
- Kidney transplantation
- What is the prognosis for someone with kidney failure?
Does kidney failure cause pain?
Normal functioning kidneys filter amyloid (a protein) from the blood stream. In kidney failure amyloid proteins in the blood rise, and can separate and clump together forming amyloid deposits into a variety of tissue and organs, including joints and tendons. This can result in symptoms of:
- joint stiffness,
- pain, and
Procedure related pain
- Patients who are on dialysis may have discomfort when on the dialysis machine.
Underlying chronic disease pain
- Pain is often a consequence of the underlying chronic disease that led to kidney failure, for example:
- People with poorly controlled diabetes may develop diabetic neuropathy pain.
- People who have peripheral vascular disease also may have pain in their extremities, and may develop claudication (leg pain that occurs with walking).