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    Symptoms of Stage 3 CKD

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    Based on glomerular filtration rate (GFR),chronic kidney disease(CKD) can be divied into five stages. A person with stage 3 CKD has moderated kidney damage with GFR of 30~59 ml/min. As kidneys function decline, high levels of wastes will build up in body. A number of early symptoms begin to appear. Common symptoms of stage 3 CKD include:


    Feeling tired is a common complaint in stage 3 CKD.It is often caused by anemia.This is because the failed kidneys can not produce a hormone called EPO which can produce the marrow to produce red blood cells.


    The kidneys may lose their ability to control how much fluid stays in body. As a result, extra fluid builds up in body, resulting in swelling. The patients with stage 3 CKD may notice swelling in legs and feet as well as around faces.

    Changes in urine

    Foamy urine may occur if there is excess leakage of protein in urine. Cola-colored and red urine may be noticed if it contain blood in it. A person with stage 3 CKD may urinate more or less, or get up at night to go to toilet more frequently.

    Skin itching

    Skin itching is mainly related to high phosphorus level in body.As the kidneys have moderate damage, extra phosphorus may build up in body. High levels of phosphorus in body is a major culprit of skin itching in Kidney Disease.

    Sleep disorders

    Sleep disorders may make the patients feel tired and have no energy to involve their job. Skin itching, muscle cramps or restless leg syndrome can keep them awake.

    The above is a general list of symptoms in stage 3 CKD. Stage 3 is a very critical phase and it still has high chance of being reversed. Once it progresses into stage 4, many patients will be asked to prepare for Dialysis or kidney transplant. Therefore, the patients with stage 3 CKD should seek an effective treatment early enough.

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