Your kidneys are the primary organs in the renal system, which eliminates waste and controls fluids. These are major functions in your body, so it’s important to understand what to look for when they aren’t working properly.
When my doctor told me lupus was affecting my kidneys, I was scared. But I worked with my doctor to make a few changes that have helped.
Kidney issues, such as lupus nephritis, can be experienced when the kidneys are inflamed, making them unable to properly remove waste from your blood or control the amount of fluids in your body. The result? Swelling, especially in the feet, ankles, legs, fingers, arms, or eyes. Symptoms can also include blood in your urine, elevated blood pressure, foamy urine, or an increased need to urinate, especially at night.
If you experience any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor as soon as possible. These could be signs that your lupus is active and attacking your kidneys. And if untreated, this can lead to permanent, irreversible kidney damage, including internal scarring of your kidneys.
Get your doctor’s help
with kidney problems.
Lupus nephritis most often develops within five years after a lupus diagnosis. In the early stages of lupus nephritis, symptoms may not be apparent. The first signs of lupus nephritis often appear on urine lab tests.
The earlier effective treatments are used, the better the symptom control can be. And that can mean slowing down or even stopping the damage to your kidneys.
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