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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.

Tiredness and Numbness in PKD; Cause and Treatment

2014-06-12 01:06

Tiredness and Numbness in PKD; Cause and TreatmentPolycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) is a genetic disorder characterized by a cluster of cysts inside the kidneys. Those fluid-filled sacs will affect the kidneys and other organs, causing many complications such as tiredness and numbness. Why? How to deal with that situation?



Polycystic Kidney Disease causes tiredness because of a decreased number of red blood cells. Red blood cells are the carrier of oxygen, which is needed to provide energy for the body. When the kidney are damaged, they cannot produce enough EPO (erythropoietin) which is essential for the generation of red blood cells.

However, the cyst enlarges and makes kidney tissues injured. As a result, EPO are produced inadequately due to damaged kidneys, leading to lack of oxygen in the blood stream. Therefore, patients with PKD often feel tiered or fatigue. Sometimes, patients may also experience coldness and weakness.


It usually arises from a lack of blood supply to an area, nerve compression, or nerve damage. When the kidney cysts grow, they will compress the other tissues, including nerves. What’s more, as the kidneys cannot filter wastes and toxins, the nerves will be damaged by those accumulations. The nerves are alongside the tiny vessels of hands and feet, so patients always have numbness in the fingers, hands, feet, arms, or legs.


As decreased kidney function is the root cause of tiredness and numbness in PKD, improving the kidney function is the key solution. Instead of medicines, I would like to introduce you a more natural way-Hot Compress Therapy. It is based on traditional Chinese herbs and is used externally. Therefore, it causes few side-effects and more convenient. The micronized Chinese medicines will work more effectively by working through expanding the blood vessels, providing oxygen and nutrition for kidney repairing.

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