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If my family has a history of kidney disease and kidney transplants, should I be concerned with lower back pain?

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Dr. Amy Friedman
Surgery - Transplant
5 doctors agree

In brief: May not be connected

Many types of chronic kidney disease (that would lead to kidney failure + the need for a txp) do not cause pain, including hypertension, diabetes, + glomerulonephritis.
Others, such as polycystic kidney disease (they became enlarged and filled with cysts - giant blisters) + kidney stones may indeed cause pain. Persistent pain should always be evaluated by an md - disclose the family history.

In brief: May not be connected

Many types of chronic kidney disease (that would lead to kidney failure + the need for a txp) do not cause pain, including hypertension, diabetes, + glomerulonephritis.
Others, such as polycystic kidney disease (they became enlarged and filled with cysts - giant blisters) + kidney stones may indeed cause pain. Persistent pain should always be evaluated by an md - disclose the family history.
Dr. Amy Friedman
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Dr. Kenneth Choquette
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Maybe

Kindey disease doesn't always cause back pain.
It also depends on where your back is hurting you. I would go to your doc for blood work to routinely check on kidney function, given that family history. Have them see if your back pain is consistent with renal issues or more typical low back issues. May need ultrasound, mris of kidneys vs spine to determine underlying reasons.

In brief: Maybe

Kindey disease doesn't always cause back pain.
It also depends on where your back is hurting you. I would go to your doc for blood work to routinely check on kidney function, given that family history. Have them see if your back pain is consistent with renal issues or more typical low back issues. May need ultrasound, mris of kidneys vs spine to determine underlying reasons.
Dr. Kenneth Choquette
Dr. Kenneth Choquette
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