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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 Painkillers Don't Work For PKD

2013-05-16 16:37

Back pain, abdominal pain or flank pain are the most common symptoms and complains among PKD patients. The pains will become worse along with age and the continuous increase and enlargement of renal cysts and the pain is more common among women patients.

The pains can be caused by oppression of surrounding tissues, stretching of renal capsule, kidney stones, urinary tract infection or obstruction or cysts in the liver.

If the pain is transient and goes away by itself, patients can have no special treatment except regular follow-up checks. If the pain is persistent or serious, your doctor may prescribe some painkillers to help ease the pains when the cyst is not very large. The painkillers have been proved to be not very effective at easing pains especially with the continuous deterioration of illness conditions. Since painkillers just aim at controlling the symptoms and suppressing the pains without solving the root problems, the pains will still exist and that is why many PKD patients complain that the painkillers do not work for them. Only if the underlying cause is solved can the pains be remitted.

Western therapies: if the pain can not be relieved by painkiller and the pain begins to affect the patient’s normal daily life activities, surgeries will be considered. Cyst puncture, laparoscopic decortication can help remove large and symptomatic cysts so as to help patients achieve instant relief of pains.

Chinese therapies: Chinese therapies mainly adopt natural herbs to control cyst growth and shrink renal cysts. When the renal cysts are shrunk to ideal small size, the pains will disappear naturally.

Western therapies have quick and obvious pain relief, but the long-term effect is not that satisfying. Chinese therapies need longer time to have obvious effects, but the effect is lasting and it has no side effects to the patients.

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