Leslie Spry: My name is Leslie Spry, and I am a kidney specialist in Lincoln, Nebraska. I am here on behalf of the National Kidney Foundation today to talk with you about understanding chronic kidney disease and this will introduce you to kidney disease signs and symptoms.
Kidneys are extremely important as far as the cleansing of blood and perhaps the most important thing I can impart to you today is that kidney disease often has no symptoms and that's what's the most difficult part of kidney disease. Kidney disease may present in its very advanced stages without any symptoms at all, and that is unfortunate. Unless, you have blood testing, you may not know that you have kidney disease. However, some people do have symptoms of kidney disease. Those symptoms might include weakness, difficulty with urination. We sometimes see foamy urine such that the urine is extremely foamy and looks like a head of a beer. We also, sometime, see darkening of the urine such that it becomes Coca-Cola colored or some what dark. Puffiness that occurs around the face and eyes. Puffiness that occurs around the ankles, and puffiness that may be generalize on occasion.
Sometimes kidney disease can cause back pain but the most common cause of back pain is still musculoskeletal, not kidney disease. Finally, in the advanced stages of kidney disease, weight loss, nausea, vomiting, and itching may occur but again this is again in the very advanced stages of kidney disease which is unfortunate.
Next, we will discuss the risk factors associated with chronic kidney disease and who is at risk.