What other symptoms might occur with kidney symptoms?

Kidney symptoms may accompany other symptoms that vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Symptoms that affect the kidneys frequently affect the entire body, as they allow waste to build up in the blood stream.

Kidney-specific symptoms that may occur along with other kidney symptoms

Multiple symptoms affecting the kidneys may occur at once including:

  • Changes in urine color
  • Changes in urine composition
  • Foul-smelling urine
  • Frequent urination that often produces only a small amount of urine
  • Low urine output
  • Pain of the back, sides or abdomen
  • Pain or burning with urination

Other symptoms that may occur along with kidney symptoms

Kidney symptoms may accompany symptoms related to other body systems or the entire body including:

  • Dizziness upon attempted standing
  • Edema (swelling)
  • Fatigue
  • Feeling very thirsty
  • General ill feeling
  • Nausea with or without vomiting
  • Weakness (loss of strength)

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, kidney symptoms may be a symptom of a life-threatening condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these life-threatening symptoms including:

  • Confusion or loss of consciousness, even for a brief moment
  • High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Inability to urinate
  • Severe side or flank pain


What are the signs of kidney problems?

Kidney symptoms are signs of abnormalities in kidney function. The kidneys are responsible for filtering waste out of the bloodstream. Healthy kidneys function continuously and the body’s total blood supply passes through the kidneys several times each minute. The healthy body can continue to function with only one good kidney, as happens when a person volunteers to be a living kidney dono... Read more about kidney symptomsintroduction


What causes kidney symptoms?

Kidney symptoms can be caused by any sort of injury or damage to the kidneys. Often, the kidneys are damaged by injury, infection, inflammation, or high blood pressure. If the volume of blood that passes through the kidneys is too high or too low, it can interfere with the kidneys’ ability to filter out waste.

Common causes of kidney symptoms

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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Sep 6, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

This Article is Filed Under: Kidneys and the Urinary System

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