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When Should I Consider Seeing a Nephrologist (Kidney Doctor)?

Poor kidney function can come with a variety of problems, so it’s essential to see a kidney specialist as soon as you notice problems. However, it can be difficult to know when you should see a kidney doctor and what constitutes an emergency. Here are some of the top reasons to see Dr. Gaurav Tandon at the Kidney Clinic of North Florida.

1. Changes in Your Pee

Several factors can affect the color and amount of urine that you produce, including dehydration, medications, food or beverages consumed, or underlying conditions. However, it’s important to know the normal pattern of your urine color or amount. If you notice abrupt changes in your urinary patterns, make sure to see a kidney specialist right away.

2. Metabolic Changes

The kidneys play an important role in nutrient distribution and waste removal. When kidney function declines, waste products cannot be cleared from the blood as well as they should. Over time, extra fluid accumulates in the body. Eventually, it can cause symptoms like fatigue or shortness of breath. If you notice a change in your energy levels or day-to-day functioning, it can be a sign of kidney problems.

3. Anemia

The body doesn’t properly absorb red blood cells when kidney function declines, and this can lead to anemia. Symptoms include fatigue, shortness of breath, and dizziness which are more often attributed to other conditions such as heart disease or diabetes. However, it can also be attributed to poor kidney function.

4. High Blood Pressure

When kidney function is poor, the body becomes dehydrated, and a hormone called renin is released from the kidneys. Renin stimulates the production of angiotensin by the lungs. Angiotensin, in turn, causes blood vessels to constrict (narrow), increasing blood pressure. If your blood pressure becomes high seemingly without cause, it may be related to your kidneys.

5. High Protein Levels in Urine

Excess protein may be excreted into the urine when the kidneys stop filtering the blood effectively. This occurrence is called proteinuria. Typically, this causes symptoms like fatigue, swelling, upset stomach, or loss of appetite.

Schedule an Appointment

Keep your doctor in the loop. Whether you are on dialysis, on medications, or have other concerns, having a kidney doctor you trust is an important part of successful care. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Gaurav Tandon at Kidney Clinic of North Florida in Jacksonville, FL, to learn more.