Mar 14, 2018 by Marlin Duncan
Kidney disease affects more than 14 million seniors, yet many don’t even realize they may have this condition because the symptoms can mimic those of other health problems. To determine if you or your older loved one has kidney disease, a doctor can perform basic screening tests. If kidney disease is found, a nephrologist can conduct an evaluation and recommend lifestyle changes or medications that can slow the progression of this condition.
Since the symptoms are so subtle, kidney disease often goes undiagnosed. Therefore, it’s important to understand the most common symptoms of this condition so that you can consult a doctor if you or your senior loved one experiences any of them. Read on to learn more about some of the symptoms of kidney disease, and how Comfort Keepers elder care services can help seniors with kidney disease follow medication schedules, manage incontinence, and maintain independence at home in Hazleton, PA.
Anemia and kidney disease may make someone feel cold even when they are surrounded by warmth. In addition, pyelonephritis or kidney infection may lead to fever and chills. If your senior loved one often complains of being cold or keeps the heat on high in their home that is something that could indicate a medical problem.
Due to the fact that kidneys handle urine, changes in urination are often a sign of kidney disease. Some examples of these urination changes include urine with traces of blood, urine that comes out foamy or bubbly, overwhelming urges to urinate in the middle of the night, and difficulty attempting to urinate. Seniors may not realize that urination problems could be due to kidney disease. Seniors who receive elder care services from Comfort Keepers of Hazleton, PA can get extra help tracking their symptoms from a professional in home caregiver.
When the kidneys begin to fail, a buildup of wastes or anemia which is a shortage of red blood cells can lead to feelings of weakness or fatigue.
Decreased kidney function can cause sodium retention which may lead to swollen feet and ankles. Swollen feet and ankles can also be a symptom of chronic leg vein issues, heart disease, or liver disease.
A consequence of waste buildup in the blood is a bad taste in the mouth. In some cases, a bad taste in the mouth is the result of medications used to treat kidney stones, high blood pressure, and arthritis.
Additional fluid in the body which can build up in the lungs and anemia can lead to shortness of breath. Shortness of breath is often seen in the later stages of kidney disease. Shortness of breath can occur as a side effect of medication as well. So if your senior loved one complains about shortness of breath your loved one should get checked by a doctor right away.
If you have a senior loved one in Hazleton, PA and you’re worried about their health and safety at home, contact us today to find out more about how elder care services can help keep track of the symptoms of a potentially serious illness like kidney disease.
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