In its early phases, chronic kidney disease usually doesn’t cause symptoms. However, as the condition progresses to the end-stage renal disease stage, it can cause a number of symptoms, including: Feeling weak or tiredTrouble sleepingSwelling of feet and anklesPoor appetiteNeeding to urinate more often, especially at nightMuscle cramping at nightNauseaItchingShortness of breathMetallic taste in mouthChest painConfusionHiccupsIrritabilityDifficulty concentratingReduced interest in sexMenstrual irregularitiesNumbness and tingling in hands and feet
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Last reviewed May 2014 by Adrienne Carmack, MD
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