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Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a group of disorders that result from the formation and progressive enlargement of cysts in the kidneys without dysplasia, usually leading to renal failure.

Joint Pain Management in Polycystic Kidney Disease

2014-03-02 10:43

Joint Pain Management in Polycystic Kidney DiseaseJoint pain is one big headache for many Polycystic Kidney Disease patients. If left alone, joint pain may become more and more severe that can affect patients’ ability to work largely. Then, nearly all of these patients quite concern how to manage their joint pain.

Does PKD cause joint pain?

With this genetic disease especially advanced stage, patients are at a high risk of high uric acid level, osteoporosis and infections. All of these problems can cause joint pain directly. Besides, some problems which are not associated with PKD can also cause joint pain, such as injury and overwork.

From this analysis, we would like to give out some suggestions to ease joint pain due to PKD.

Several joint pain managements for people with Polycystic Kidney Disease

1. Limit the intake of purine-containing foods: For PKD patients, high uric acid, or gout, is one leading cause of joint pain, while purine is the main source of uric acid. Therefore, patients had better try to avoid purine-containing foods.

2. Normalize calcium-phosphorus balance: Osteoporosis is one common symptom of kidney disease as well as PKD, because of low calcium level and high phosphorus level. Take in high-calcium foods but low-phosphorus foods and use some correct medications that are both helpful.

3. Prevent infections: When kidneys fail to work properly, deposits of toxins, immune disorders and kidney cyst rupture will increase patients’ risk of infections. Therefore, patients are recommended to drink correct amount of water and cranberry juice. If necessary, take some antibiotics.

4. Massage: Massage is one natural remedy that can help ease patients’ joint pain, but patients should receive this therapy with professional doctors’ guidance.

5. Traditional Chinese Medicine: These medicines have an obvious effect on regulating patients’ inner body system, improving kidney excretion and protecting kidney function, so as to treat joint pain radically.

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