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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.

Why Is Polycystic Kidney Disease so Painful

2014-06-28 08:58

Why Is Polycystic Kidney Disease so PainfulMany Polycystic Kidney Disease patients complain that they are suffering pain in the flank, sides or back. Some of them even cannot work and sleep due to the pain. Then, why does Polycystic Kidney Disease cause pain? Are there any treatment to relieve or stop the pain?

► Causes of pain in Polycystic Kidney Disease patients

In people with PKD, sudden or acute pain is most likely to be caused by:

- Ruptured kidney cyst

When the kidney cyst grows to a large size and ruptures, it will lead to hematoma around the kidney. At this time, patient will feel a sudden and severe pain. Besides pain, hematuria can be diagnosed as well.

- Infection

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) or cystic infection are both complications in PKD, and also can cause pain. People with UTI will feel a burning sensation during the urination.

- Kidney stones

Kidney stones also compress the nerves and may flow onto the urethra, resulting in a sudden pain.

People with PKD often get persistent or chronic flank, lower back and/or abdominal pain that is not related to infection, bleeding cyst, or a kidney stone. This chronic pain is caused by:

- Developing cysts

- Pressure by cysts against other organs

- Changes in the back muscles and the spine due to enlarging cysts.

► Treatments of pain in Polycystic Kidney Disease patients

-Non-drug measures, such as heat pads, massage, and TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)—may be enough to treat a persistent dull pain or backache. But if your pain gets worse you are likely to also need drug treatment.

-Painkiller. It is the most used to treat pain in PKD. Even thought there is a debater that painkiller causes some side effects, you can take it safely under the doctor’s guidance. You should avoid long term of over-using of painkillers and tell your doctor what other medicines you are taking to avoid some potential interaction between painkillers and other medicines.

There is one more thing you should know that, the root cause of pain in PKD is the cyst, so how to shrink the kidney cyst is the most effective treatment. For that purpose, you can ask our doctor online. You will get a professional suggestions for free.

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