Family of PKD patients
Hello all, I am new to this support group but my family has been dealing with PKD (polycystic Kidney disease) for generations. Mother, aunts, sister, bothers and even my children were diagonised already. We are thankful for all the research and clinical trails that the medical community has been working on. We have seen how this disease is similar and different at times for us all. At this time we are all at different levels of kidney function and pain levels. Our family functions are sometimes more of a PKD forum on updates. For myself, I knew at 16 years old I had the disease and I lived a full life. Now 40 years later my kidney function has been under 15% for many years but then the overwhemling fatigue took its toll and I went on dialysis only recently. Hopeful for a transplant soon.
My advice to anyone - Be as healthy as you can be. Find the best nephrologist you can find that is familiar with PKD. Maintain a good blood pressure. ( Note: high Blood pressue & multiple pregnacies for women may cause faster cyst growth) Avoid heavy lifting or strain to kidneys.
Good luck to all
Just looking to get others thoughts on this one. I gave up Jiu Jitsu on the advice of a consultant when first diagnosed. Mentioned it at my last check up and the new consultant felt the health benefits of doing it and keeping fit outway the downside whilst kidneys aren't huge (19cm). So gone back but going stready.Any others had conflicting advice regarding activities?
I have a friend who is 79 years old and was diagnosed with PKD when she was in her 30s. She was diagnosed with kidney failure in one kidney two years go and this past December found herself in the ER with massive swelling and end stage renal failure. She is been having dialysis since just a few days before Christmas 2016. Her overall kidney function was 5% then and is 5% now. Just two weeks ago...
Hello everyone! I'm new here and don't know exactly how these posts work, but I'm here to reach out for advice...I do not have PKD but my boyfriend was diagnosed months ago with "the worst possible case" of this disease...he's been sick for well over a year before he was diagnosed. for all of you who have it..I'm sure you can all sympathize with him. He's 29 years old. His father, aunt, and uncle...
I realise our am lucky only to have PKD. There are a lot of families dealing with worse diseases and illness. My post is really vain and I feel like a phony posting on here. I am 37, I still have good renal function but my kidneys are quite huge now. Over the past 8 weeks I have been asked on several occasions about when my baby is due. I find people staring at my abdomen quite a lot. It is...