What You Need to Know About Chronic Renal Failure

Chronic renal failure will often occur in stages, and not at once. These are the most common causes of CRF:

1. Type 1 and 2 uncontrolled diabetes

2. Uncontrolled hypertension

3. Chronic Urinary Tract Infections

4. Polycystic Kidney Disease

5. Glomerulonephritis, a chronic kidney disease that slowly destroys the kidney glomeruli, is known as Glomerulonephritis.

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Chronic renal failure is when your kidneys slowly die until you reach end-stage renal disease. There will be very few symptoms in the early stages of chronic kidney failure. However, as acute renal failure treatment progresses, symptoms will gradually appear. As chronic renal failure progresses, the most common symptoms are:

1. Hiccups

2. Tiredness

3. Malaise (Unwellness)

4. You feel sick to your stomach and are throwing up a lot of food

5. Unexplainable weight loss

6. Headache pains can be severe

7. Itching that drives you insane

8. Hypertension

9. Urine contains a lot of protein

Chronic renal failure will lead to some debilitating symptoms. These are the most prominent symptoms:

1. You're vomiting up blood

2. Producing very little urine (hematuria), and not much blood.

3. You won't feel anything (sensory nerves are affected).

4. Leg cramps

5. The chalky white substance is called Urea and it can be applied to the skin and breathe.

Urea can be seen on the skin as a sign of uremia. This is a medical term that refers to kidney failure. In the initial stages of chronic renal failure, blood tests will not show any significant problems. However, as the disease progresses, blood tests will reveal some very poor results.

The levels of creatinine in the blood will increase and the glomerular filter rate, will continue to drop. This means that your kidneys are trying to do less.

The BUN (Blood Urea Nitrogen) is a measure of how well the kidneys are processing urea. Trouble is indicated if the level rises above 39.

A high potassium blood test will indicate that your kidneys are not processing potassium properly and it has become toxic in your blood.

The bloodstream may have high sodium levels. Another reason is that the kidneys don't properly remove sodium from the bloodstream. This can lead to a buildup of sodium in the blood.