Patient：I was diagnosed with IgA Nephropathy a few years back. I have flank pain as well, although most doctors will tell you that IGAN is not painful. I have almost a constant dull ache in my kidney area that gets worse when I am sick or out in the sun too much. I was wondering whether IgA Nephropathy will cause kidney pain or not.
Actually kidney pain is a common symptom of IgA Nephropathy. Usually, the pain is dull and achy most of the time but sometimes very sharp and severe. There are many factors leading to kidney pain in IgA Nephropathy.
1. Loss of kidney function
2. Urinary tract infections
There are no good medical treatments for kidney pain in IgA Nephropathy. NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Antiinflammatory Drugs) are widely used, but bot recommended for IgA Nephropathy patients, because they can aggravate hematuria. Doctors warn against using it in children and teenagers whenever there is a possibility of a viral infection. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) are both nephrotoxic and should not be taken in quantity for any type of pain. Besides, painkillers appear to have little effect on kidney pain. Similarly, there is no evidence that sedatives and muscle-relaxants like Valium and some heavy-duty painkillers like Demerol are effective.
What’s more, you should also stay away from caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco. Meanwhile, avoiding strong activities (strenuous exercise) and having a good rest are also good choices.
Finally, since IgA Nephropathy is an immunological disease and it is caused by immune dysfunction, I recommend you to try Immunotherapy, which can not only remit kidney pain but also treat the kidney disease from the root, through removing the immune complexes and improving kidney function.
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