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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.

Pain Management in Polycystic Kidney Disease

2013-03-28 10:40

Pain is a common complain among people with Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) and it affects about 60% of patients. Pain in PKD can be caused by different conditions and for PKD patients, frequently lower back pain affect their life seriously and make them unable in concentrating on what they are doing. Therefore, an effective pain managment means a lot for PKD patients.

Usually, PKD patients experience pain symptom in following conditions:

1. Enlarge cyst pull renal capsule and cause pain in kidney location.

2. In Polycystic Kidney Disease, cysts enlarge over time. Large cysts in kidney rupture easily and when cysts rupture, patients will feel pain. Besides, aside from kidney pain, cyst rupture is often accompanied with blood in urine.

3. Kidney infection: Polycystic Kidney Disease patients are at high risk to develop urinary traction infection which can cause kidney infection, another possible cause for kidney pain.

4. Kidney stone is a common complication of Polycystic kidney Disease. When stones suck in kidney, pain will occur. Therefore, pain in PKD may occur due to kidney stone.

Pain management in Polycystic Kidney Disease

1. Shrink cysts in kidney

Polycystic Kidney Disease is a genetic kidney disorder characterized by increasing cysts in kidney. As time goes by, these cysts become larger and larger, which will pull renal capsule, oppress surrounding kidney tissues and rupture easily. However, when cysts in kidney are shrunk effectively, they will stop oppressing surrounding kidney tissues and pulling renal capsule, which will help to avoid further kidney damages and alleviate kidney pain effectively.

2. Antibiotic

Drinking large amounts of water is helpful for managing kidney infection, but if the illness condition is seriously, antibiotics will be needed. Besides, drinking lots of water also help to expel kidney stones easily.

3. Chinese medicines for kidney stone

Having a hot shower will be helpful for remitting pain caused by kidney stone. Usually, for small kidney stones, they can be expelled easily by drinking more water and doing some physical exercises. However, for big stones, they suck in kidney easily and in such a case, Chinese medicines with function to dissolve stones will be needed.

Proper pain management helps Polycystic Kidney Disease patients reduce sufferings, for people with PKD learn these basic information in advance is very necessary.

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