In the age of the Internet, it's easy to feel like you can diagnose yourself based on a set of loosely connected symptoms that certain sites suggest could be problematic. At the risk of further playing into your constant health paranoia, I do think it's worth pointing out that there are signs of kidney failure that not many people know about — and if you're experiencing them regularly, you need to start tracking them, as well as consider seeing a doctor IRL. Of course, while lists like this can set you on a path to finding answers for the questions you have about your body, they can't provide a solution — only a medical professional can — so keep that in mind as you read!
Dr. Jennifer Caudle, family physician and associate professor at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, tells Bustle that symptoms of kidney failure — as well as the failure of other organs — can manifest gradually. "It's not usually a static process," she says. "It's often something that evolves, whether it be slowly or quickly, and it's different for different people."
It's also important to remember that these symptoms could be a sign of different levels of kidney (or renal) problems. If you're getting nervous because this list sounds all too familiar, it's possible that your kidneys aren't quite failing, but do require some medical attention. In any case, you should see a doctor quickly so you can get to the bottom of it. To prevent panic, make it a priority to see your doctor on a regular basis, anyway, so that she can help diagnose any issues before they progress to a point where you would even notice these symptoms.