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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.

Polycystic Kidney Disease and Pain in Knees, Shins and Ankles

2013-07-21 09:38

Why Cold Lead To Nephrotic Syndrome RelapseDo you have Polycystic Kidney Disease and pain in knees, shins and ankles? If yes, finding out the causes and accepting proper treatment can both ease your chronic pain and slow down the progression of your PKD.


The incidence of knee, shin, and ankle pain increases along with the continuous enlargement of PKD cysts. Most often, there are two direct reasons for this symptom.

- Infections: Some PKD patients find that their pain in these areas occurs after sphagitis, nasosinusitis, chronic cholecystitis and some other infectious diseases. This is because people with PKD usually have lower immunity than general population and they are more susceptible to bacteria and virus. Once being infected, pain in knees, shins or ankles happens easily.

- Gout: Gout is another condition that associates Polycystic Kidney Disease with these chronic pains. When a part of kidney functioning tissues are replaced by large kidney cysts, uric acid can’t be excreted from the body entirely. This is more likely to cause gout or hyperuricemia.


Since low immunity and build up of excess uric acid are the causes, the effective treatment should start from solving these two problems. In view of this, we give several suggestions.

- Ventilate your room regularly: To maintain indoor air fresh is a good way to prevent viral and bacterial infections.

- Medicated bath: It is quite beneficial to add some herbs to your bath water, which can prompt the blood circulation all over your body and improve your immunity. Consult the online doctor about which herbs are suitable for you.

- Limit the intake of purine: Purine is one main source of uric acid, so controlling the intake of high-purine foods is the most easy method to lower high uric acid, thus alleviating gout and hyperuricemia. (If you want to get a list of high-purine foods, you can send email to and we are glad to share it)

- Blood purification: If diet modifications and medicines can’t reduce high uric acid effectively, blood purification is needed to help damaged kidneys remove excess uric acid. Hemoperfusion, hemofiltration, plasma exchange, hemodialysis, CRRT, and immune adsorption are available for various patients.


Pain in knees, shins and ankles can reveal more severe conditions for PKD patients, finding out the causes and receiving the effective treatment is very necessary. Don’t miss the best treatment time. Take care!

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