Question: I Have FSGS and I am suffering from chronic pain. My kidney doctor cautions me from taking pain medicine but I am at a point where something has to happen. I can not even get up from the floor without huge effort and pain. I do a little work and it feels like I unloaded a truckload of stone. Could this be related to my FSGS?
Answer: Pain in kidney disease always occurs in the lower back and flank. It is one of the common symptoms of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). FSGS (Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis) refers to the damage of some glomeruli, units of filtering blood passing through kidneys. As a result, large amounts of wastes and toxins build up in the body, attacking many other organs and systems.
Then, how about fatigue? Fatigue in FSGS patients is always related to anemia. Anemia refers to a condition where red blood cells reduce. Damaged kidneys cannot produce enough erythropoietin, a hormone that is essential for the generation of red blood cells. Now, you know why you feel so weak even after little work?
However, pain and fatigue may be also caused by other factors, so you’d better take a test to check your kidney function. Test include a urinalysis and blood test. Then, you can copy the test report and send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will give you some suggestions related to treatment and diet. This consultation is free.