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PKD and Back Pain: Causes and Treatment

PKD and Back Pain: Causes and TreatmentBack pain is a common and frustrating problem in people with Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD). Here, let's us look at the causes and treatment for this symptom. Want personalized advice? Chat with our online kidney doctor right now!


- Enlargement of cysts in number and size. A person with PKD has clusters of fluid-filled cysts develop in the kidneys. These cysts will grow in number and size gradually. The enlarged cyst will stretch the kidney membrane, resulting pain of the back, flank, and abdomen.

- Kidney stones. Approximately 20 to 30% of people with Polycystic kidneys develop kidney stones. Pain caused by these stones is excruciating and thumping in nature, affecting the lower back mainly.

- Urinary tract infection. UTI is a common complication of PKD. People who develop this condition may experience symptoms include back pain, frequent urination, pain in the abdomen, etc.


Before starting any treatment, it is necessary to make the actual cause of back pain clear. Available treatments that can help relieve the pain include:

1. Micro-Chinese Medicine

This is a natural therapy for PKD which can function to slow down or even stop the growth of kidney cysts, shrink the cysts effectively in size, and improve the overall renal function.

2. Acupuncture

As another natural remedy for back pain, acupuncture can help the body to produce a substance which functions as natural pain-killer.

3. Herbal remedy

Certainly herbs can be used to treat polycystic kidney and its complications. They include dandelion root, cranberry, uva ursi, celery, hydrangea, etc. You can email us at for the detailed herb list.

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