Is Neck Swelling a Symptom of Diabetic Nephropathy


Swelling is a fluid collection which can occur throughout the body, or a specific part or organ can be affected. Swelling is considered one of the five characteristics of inflammation; along with pain, heat, redness, and loss of function. Generalized swelling, or massive edema, is a common sign in severely ill people. Although slight edema may be difficult to detect to the untrained eye, especially in an overweight person, massive edema is very obvious.

Swelling caused by diabetic nephropathy

Healthy kidneys are very important organs to remove the wastes and fluid from the blood. If your kidneys are damaged, they fail to remove the wastes and fluid from the blood out of body. As a result, wastes and fluid build up in the body. The fluid collection causes edema in the body. At the early stage, you may find swelling around the eyelid in the morning. Then swollen face can be found and last it can spread to the whole body. It is dangerous to develop a generalized edema.

Except for edema, people with diabetes kidney disease can experience other symptoms including:

Protein in the urine. You may find your urine is foamy appearance.

Unintentional weight gain (from fluid accumulation)

Loss of appetite

Nausea and vomiting



Generalized itching

If you find swollen part of your body, you need to see a doctor in case of further kidney damage.

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