Fatigue should alert you to more than just tiredness. If you continue to feel tired after an easy day, or after a long night of rest, the kidneys could be to blame. Once your kidneys begin to fail, they are unable to properly regulate hemoglobin levels, resulting in a major drop in overall energy. It may also lead to anemia.
Fluid may build up in your system if your kidneys are unable to create urine for the body to excrete. This fluid build up may result in inflammation and swelling in the muscle tissues. This can also lead to weight gain.
There are two easy tests to test for kidney disease. These include a urine test called ACR, and a blood test. An ACR test measures the ratio of albumin-to-creatinine. During this test, urine is tested for albumin, which is a type of protein. This protein should not be present in the urine, as its presence could mean that the kidneys are not properly filtering the blood. Three positive results of this test over a span of three months is a sign of kidney disease.
A blood test may be done to test for the waste product creatinine. This waste product comes from muscle tissue, and is not removed from the blood if the kidneys are failing. After testing for creatinine, your result is measured with your age, race, and sex to find out how well your kidneys are working.
The kidneys should not be ignored, as they are often the culprit of a bigger problem. If you feel like you may be experiencing abnormal stress or fatigue, don’t forget to consider your kidneys to be an option of the cause.