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                    WHAT PATIENTS SAY:                        METALLIC TASTE IN MOUTH/AMMONIA BREATH

                  “Foul taste in your mouth.                  A build-up of waste products in the blood (called
                       Almost like you’re                     uraemia) can make food taste different and cause
                         drinking iron.”                      bad breath. You may also notice that you stop
                                                              liking to eat meat, or that you are losing weight
                                                              because you don't feel like eating.

                                                                         WHAT PATIENTS SAY:
                                                                      “You don’t have the appetite
                                                                            you used to have.”

                                                                  SYMPTOM 6:
                                                                  NAUSEA AND VOMITING
                                                                  The severe build-up of wastes in the blood
                                                                  (uraemia) can also cause nausea and vomiting.
                                                                  Loss of appetite can lead to weight loss.

                                                                           WHAT PATIENTS SAY:
                                                                   “When I got the nausea, I couldn’t
                                                                       eat and I found it difficult to
                                                                            swallow my tablets.”

                                               SYMPTOM 7:
                                               SHORTNESS OF BREATH
                                               Trouble catching your breath can be related to the kidneys in two
            WHAT PATIENTS SAY:                 ways. Firstly, extra fluid in the body can build up in the lungs. And

                “I couldn’t sleep              secondly, anaemia (a shortage of oxygen-carrying red cells) can
                at night because               leave your body oxygen-starved and short of breath.
             when I lay down flat,
              I couldn’t catch my
                     breath.”                                     WHAT PATIENTS SAY:
                                                           “You go up a set of stairs and you’re
                                                            out of breath, or you do work and
                                                           you get tired and you have to stop.”

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