I can relate to your anxiety as i was recently diagnose with SLE Lupus.I'm with you Jenn and feel the same way.I worry so much about my kidneys now.From what i read so far,some people get NO SYMPTOMS at all when their kidneys are being attacked.That is why it is so important to follow up with your Rheumatologist and have a Unrinalysis to check for protein and also have blood drawn for BUN/Creatinine.The most important value in the Creatinine though.
But,if you want to watch out for symptoms of Lupus Nephritis look for......
1) Increased urinating(early onset)
2)Swelling of the eyes,face,feet or ankles
3) Dull ache or pain of the lower back
4)Itching and flakey skin
5) Unable to urinate(late symptom)
6)confusion and feelings of agitation as blood ammonia levels rise (much later symptom)
7) Increased Blood pressure too.
I hope this helps you a bit but just follow up with your M.D. on a regular basis and if you feel anything new or any of the symptoms above go to your Rheumatologist and have him/her check your Urine and blood.
Oh and Jenn....If you are in otherwise good health...drink PLENTY of water.I also follow a anti-inflammatory diet that Dr.Weil recommends for people with Autoimmunity to prevent further inflammation.Go to Dr.Weils Website and check out what he recommends for people with Lupus.
One other thing to look for as a symptom of Nephritis is Dark colored urine.That would be a late symptom though.
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Foamy urine is a sign of protein loss in the urine
I have lupus nephritis and other than increased urination the foam is a symptom to take notice of.
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When I was dealing with my nephritis, it was well before I was even diagnosed with lupus. I had no idea there was even anything wrong with my kidneys. I wanted to sleep all day, even though I had slept all night. My eyes were constantly swelling up to the point of closed; and not a single doctor I saw could tell me what was causing that. (Even though I kept insisting it had to be lupus, they told me I was crazy.) I also had severe lower back pain when I woke in the mornings that would go away after getting up and going to the bathroom, and my urine was always dark. I thought I just wasn't drinking enough water. The lower back pain had started in my teens, but eye swelling and fatigue didn't start until I was 26 (a 10 year span). I wasn't diagnosed with anything until I was hospitalized twice in one week. I will spare you the rest of the details, as it's just to painful for me to remember. Everybody always insists to me to this day that there are no symptoms to kidney problems, YEAH RIGHT! I'm very diligent now about checking my urine every time I go to the bathroom; as they have some damage now from the nephritis. The good news is that you can bounce back from it.