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Are Chills A Symptom of Kidney Failure

2015-02-28 08:07

Q:

Are chills a symptom of kidney failure? I have no fever, and this just doesn't feel like any flu, but I can't stop shivering, I feel weak, and have no appetite. And I can't stop peeing although I'm not drinking an awful lot.

A:

Are Chills A Symptom of Kidney FailureKidney failure is a medical condition in which kidneys fail to filter waste products from the blood. It will result in many body malaise, such as swelling, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, headache, etc. Chills are also a common complaint of kidney failure patients.

Possible causes of chills for kidney failure patients

Fever and flu are common contributors to chills. As you said, your chills are not associated with them. There are also other factors that can give rise to chills.

-Anemia

The failed kidneys can not secrete enough erythropoietin to make red blood cells. Besides, the accumulated waste products shorten the lifespan of red blood cells. As a result, anemia occurs. The less kidney function you have, the more severe anemia is. A common symptom of this condition is chills without a fever. And you will have other symptoms, such as pale skin, fatigue, dizziness, chest pain, shortness of breath, headache, etc.

-Malnutrition

In order to control your kidney disease better, diet restriction is often recommended. But sometimes kidney patients can not do it very well. When your body is not getting sufficient nutrients, it is likely for you to suffer from chills.

-Other factors

Prescription drugs, bladder infection, hypothyroidism, hypoglycemia and so on are also contributors to chills.

Therefore, you had better talk with your doctor to find out the underlying causes of chills. As to your frequent urination, it may indicate that there is something wrong with the reabsorption function of renal tubule. If you can send your medical test report to kidneycares@hotmail.com, we will give you an accurate answer after analyzing your case.

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