What does it feel like when your kidneys fail?

What does it feel like when your kidneys fail?Just wondering what it feels like when your kidneys fail do you die instantly or over time? You always hear about some one needing a transplant so if any one knows thanks ~
what are the symptoms like how would you feel going through it if you could not get to a doctor how long would it take to die?

Posted by a_beautiful_wreck
It is a very long, painful process usually. Often people are kept alive through the assistance of dialysis.

Posted by JIMBO
You may have no clue when your kidneys begin to malfunction gradually and the process may take years before your require dialysis or transplant. Common causes include hypertension and diabetes. As you renal function becomes very poor you may begin to notice fluid retention and swelling especially of the legs, itching of the skin, cramping. fatigue and change in urinary patterns with overall decreased volume of urine production. End stages untreated may result in pericarditis, heart failure, malnutrition, alteration in mentation, coma and eventually death. Acute renal failure is another ballgame and generally comes about as a result of overwhelming infection in a matter of days. You know your very sick and the kidney malfunction is found incidentally to your major problem.

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