One of the most important organs in the human are kidneys, located just below your ribs. They are filtering 120-150 quarts of blood each day, allow the body to function properly. They are imperative for keeping blood stable, prevent buildup of extra fluids and waste in body. Keeping the electrolyte levels stable, they help bones stay strong, produce red blood cells as well as regulate blood pressure.

If kidneys are damaged, then your health is threatened. In order to keep your body strong, healthy, highly important is to recognize signs of kidneys damage.

Kidney damage

Here are the most common symptoms which indicate that your kidneys are being damaged.

Upper back pain

If you suffer from kidney damage, you are likely to experience pain in your upper back. The kidney pain is usually one-sided ache in your upper back, commonly accompanied by urinary changes and fever.

In case you are dealing with spasms and severe pain, you could be suffering from some kidney infection or kidney stones.

Skin Rash

The waste buildup in your body can be linked to kidney failure and this can cause rashes and itchy skin. If the kidneys can’t filter the blood and remove the waste build up your skin can look unhealthy, dry and irritated. Lotions and creams and cosmetics can ease up the situation a little bit, but don’t solve the problem which comes from the inside – IF the rash is directly caused by the kidney problems of course


If you experience swelling without any obvious reason it could be linked to damaged kidneys. As we already mentioned if the kidney’s function is compromised they could be unable to remove the waste build up leading to swelling in your face, hands, legs, feet and ankles.

Metallic Taste in The Mouth

Due to the waste deposits in the blood, a person may have bad breath or a changed taste in the mouth. In the case of severe kidney damage, the person may experience a great change in the taste of some foods, as well as poor appetite.


In the case of healthy kidneys, they produce EPO (erythropoietin), which is a hormone that produces red blood cells which supply the needed oxygen for the body. If the number of red blood cells is lowered, the person experiences fatigue, brain, and muscles damage. This is a common sign of severe anemia as well.

Urination changes

The most obvious and early signs are these:

Trouble urinating

Pressure during the process

Dark urine, less frequent urinating and with small amounts

Pale color of urine, frequent and in large amounts

Foamy urine

Many urge to urinate during the night

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