Chronic kidney disease (CKD) doesn’t cause problems in early stages. As it progresses, it can cause a number of symptoms. These may include:

  • Feeling weak or tired
  • Trouble sleeping— insomnia
  • Swelling of feet and ankles—edema
  • Lack of hunger
  • Increase in urine output, especially at night
  • Muscle cramping at night
  • Nausea
  • Itching
  • Breathing problems
  • Taste of metal in your mouth
  • Chest pain
  • Confusion
  • Hiccups
  • Irritability
  • Problems concentrating
  • Lower sex drive
  • Menstrual problems
  • Numbness and tingling in hands and feet— peripheral neuropathy

Revision Information

  • Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review Board Adrienne Carmack, MD
  • Review Date: 05/2018 -
  • Update Date: 06/19/2018 -