Skip to content

    Announcements

    Exciting News for WebMD Members!

    We've been busy behind the scenes building new message boards for you. You'll have new and easier ways to find messages, connect with others, and share your stories.

    And, this will all be available on your smartphone or other mobile device!

    What Do You Need to Do?

    The message board you're used to will be closing in the coming weeks. While many of your boards will be making the move to our new home, your posts will not. Want to keep a discussion going? Save posts you want to continue (this includes your member profile story), so that you can re-post them in the new message boards.

    Keep an eye here and on your email inbox, we'll be back in touch soon to give you all the information you need!


    Yours in health,
    WebMD Message Boards Management

    Have you had a kidney transplant or are waiting for one? Then visit the Organ Transplant Community and the Diabetes and Kidney Community to share your experiences with other community members!

    Are you newly diagnosed? Use the WebMD search engine to read articles like Understanding Kidney Disease.
    Polycystic Kidney Disease
    avatar
    MelissaG109 posted:
    I was diagnosed with PKD when I was 23, I am now 29. I have not been to see a specialist as I haven't had any real issues. I get the occasional UTI/kidney infections but I can usually feel them coming on and take measures to counteract them. I have done my own research and with personal experience, I have learned what foods/drinks to avoid. Lately, however, I have been experiencing fatigue and just recently sore calf muscles. The fatigue has been going on for about a month now and the sore calf muscles only started last week. I'm basically looking for any information concerning this until I can find and see a kidney specialist. I am going today for blood tests to check my CBC and TSH. I tried to give blood last month but was unable to because my iron was too low. Since then, I have been taking iron supplements but that has not helped with the tiredness at all. I'm concerned after my research that I am having some form of kidney failure.

    Like I said, I am looking for a kidney specialist, but if anyone has any advice or information in the meantime, I would greatly appreciate it.
    Reply
     
    avatar
    mrscora01 responded:
    You really need to see a doc and get regular kidney lab work done. It tends to progress silently until you suddenly get symptoms. You could be anemic due to the kidneys. In some cases iron supplements help, but in many cases of kidney issues, the iron isn't absorbed that well and needs to be administered intravenously. Many kidney patients have this done. The cramping could be due to an electrolyte imbalance as well. What you are allowed to eat is often dictated by what your labwork says.

    In the meantime work on cutting back on sodium (especially from processed food - it has a lot). If you have no swelling, I would also try to hydrate well as this helps take some of the pressure off the kidneys.

    Best of luck finding a specialist.

    Cora


    Spotlight: Member Stories

    i have just been diagnosed with kidney disease(Interstitial Nephritis)i also suffer from CFS/ME ,i am aged 50yrs work as a support worker part time,go...More

    Helpful Tips

    QUESTION
    MY DAUGHTER WAS JUST DIAGONSED WITH KINDEY FAILURE LAST YEAR SHE IS ALMOST 5 YEARS OLD AND I WAS WONDERING SHE HAS A BACTERIAL INFECTION IS ... More
    Was this Helpful?
    1 of 2 found this helpful

    Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

    FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.