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Polycystic Kidney Disease Stage 4 Symptoms

Polycystic Kidney Disease Stage 4 SymptomsStage 4 polycystic kidney disease (PKD) means patient’s condition is in the advanced stage. As kidney is an important organ for our body health, it is normal for patients with stage 4 PKD to have lots of health problems, which can cause many obvious symptoms.

For patients with stage 4 PKD, some common symptoms often appear in their body.

1. Fatigue:

Most patients with stage 4 PKD will have fatigue, and that is mainly caused by anemia.

Kidney has the function of excreting hemopoietin, which is very important for producing red cell. While kidney cysts will damage patient’s kidney structure, so the secretion of hemopoietin will also reduce, and then patients will have fatigue.

2. Joint pain:

Joint pain is also very common in patients with stage 4 PKD, because their kidney function is low in this stage. Many complications can appear at this point, and some complications like renal osteopathy, high uric acid, etc, can cause patients to have joint pain.

3. Hypertension:

Hypertension is a common symptom in patients with PKD, because kidney cysts can oppress kidney structure, which will reduce the blood flow in kidney. That will stimulate the secretion of renin, which can cause hypertension easily. Usually, patients with PKD can have hypertension when they are in the early stage of PKD, not to speak of stage 4.

4. Muscle cramp:

Many factors can cause patients with PKD to have muscle cramp, and it becomes more common when patients are in stage 4. In fact, this problem can damage patient’s sleeping quality greatly.

5. Itching:

Just like muscle cramp, this is also a major factor that can cause patients to have sleeping problem.

Itching can also be caused by many factors, like the metabolic disorder of phosphorus and calcium, the hyperfunction of parathyroid gland, too much excess metabolic wastes in body, etc.

6. Urine changes:

As we know, kidney has the function of producing urine, so when patient is in stage 4 PKD, it is normal there will be many abnormal symptoms in patients’ urine.

Patients can have urine changes like abnormal urine color, foams in urine, frequent urination at night, etc.

7. Edema:

Due to patients’ low kidney function, a large amount of fluid may accumulate in patients’ body, and that can cause patients to have obvious edema.

In fact, for patients with stage 4 PKD, if they also have massive proteinuria, they can have severe edema in their body, and they may even have edema in their stomach and lungs.

For patients with stage 4 PKD, they can have many other symptoms except for the symptoms above, such as headache, nausea and vomiting, tingling in limbs, etc.

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