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A 35-year-old male asked:

What can treat pain from pkd cyst. my kidneys are covered with cyst' too numerous to count. kidney function is normal, tyenol doesn't work?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 54 years experience
See below: Medications for pain in PKD include tylenol, (acetaminophen) tramadol, limited use of NSAIDS, and narcotics. For back pain heating pad physical therapy can help. The following have been found helpful, depending on the source of pain: TENS, acupuncture, spinal cord stimulation, celiac plexus block. Occasionally surgical intervention is needed. For persistent pain referral to a pain center is appropriate.
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Dr. Patrick Kohlitz
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
PCKD: Pain from Polycystic Kidney Disease can be difficult to treat sometimes. Opioid analgesics may be of some benefit but carry other risks and are not a good long term solution. Surgical aspiration of sclerosis may help in select cases with an experienced surgical team. Be sure to address this issue with your doctor.
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Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Anti-inflammatory OK: As long as kidney function is normal, and you are not taking an ACE inhibitor and diuretic, then anti-inflammatory pain meds like ibuprofen are OK for a few days at a time. They shouldn't be used constantly, and as always, kidney function needs to be monitored. Please avoid narcotics, which are best used for acute conditions that expected to resolve (like surgery), or end of life pain.
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Last updated Jan 3, 2016

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