2. Fluid Retention and Swelling: The Visible Manifestation of Kidney Dysfunction
When your kidneys aren’t functioning correctly, they can’t effectively remove excess fluid from your body. As a result, you may experience fluid retention and swelling (edema), particularly in the ankles, legs, and feet. This visible manifestation of kidney dysfunction can be uncomfortable and, in severe cases, even painful.
The accumulation of fluid in the body can also lead to weight gain and a feeling of bloating or fullness. In some cases, fluid retention may be accompanied by other symptoms, such as shortness of breath and fatigue, which can further indicate kidney issues.
It’s essential to monitor any sudden or unexplained swelling and consult with your healthcare provider if you suspect that your kidneys may be responsible. They can assess your condition and recommend appropriate treatment to manage the symptoms and address the underlying cause of your kidney dysfunction. (2)