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Elder Care Services for Common Symptoms of Kidney Disease

Mar 9, 2018 by Comfort Keepers

More than 14 million seniors have chronic kidney disease, but may not even realize it. The most common symptoms of kidney disease can be easily mistaken for symptoms of other chronic health problems. And even taking common medications can cause symptoms that closely correlate to the symptoms of kidney disease. Read on to learn more about the most common symptoms of kidney disease and how elder care services can help your loved one improve their quality of life at home.

Bad Taste in the Mouth

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. When seniors develop a chronic bad taste in their mouths they may stop eating or stop drinking adequate amounts of water, which can lead to other health issues. Elder care services can be a great resource to help seniors make sure that they are getting the nutrition and hydration they need. A Comfort Keepers caregiver can help your loved one with grocery shopping and nutritious meal preparation.

Weakness or Fatigue

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. It can be tough for seniors to determine if the weakness or fatigue they are feeling is due to aging, a reaction to medication, or kidney disease. Comfort Keepers elder care services can bring your family peace of mind knowing that a home care professional will be there to assist your loved one with mobility and transportation needs.

Changes in Urination

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.

Constant Coldness

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.

Shortness of Breath

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.

Swollen Feet and Ankles

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.

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.

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 doctor who treats kidney disease known as a nephrologist can conduct an evaluation and recommend lifestyle changes or medications that can slow the progression of this condition. If you have a senior loved one in Fort Myers, FL who may benefit from having professional home care contact us today to speak with our senior care specialists. Find out how elder care services can help your loved one manage symptoms of kidney disease. 

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