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How to Deal with Headache for PKD Patients

2013-12-16 09:11

How to Deal with Headache for PKD PatientsMany PKD patients suffer from headache. What causes headache? How to deal with headache? These questions are often asked. In the following, you may find the answer.

What causes headache for PKD patients?

-High blood pressure

In PKD, headache is mainly related to high blood pressure. High blood pressure in PKD is caused by renin-angiotensin system (RAS). The enlargement of cysts cause increased secretion of renin thus activating RAS.

-Cerebral aneurysm

Cerebral aneurysm is also a common reason for headache. It is likely for patients with PKD to have cerebral aneurysm due to high blood pressure.


Anemia may result in headache as well. Kidney is responsible for excreting erythropoietin, which can enhance the production of blood cells. For PKD patients, their kidneys can not work properly so that anemia occurs.

How to deal with headache for PKD patients?

The direct way to relieve headache is to take some painkillers. But they can not eliminate the underling causes of headache. Once you stop using them, headache will reoccur very soon. Therefore, lower blood pressure, shrink enlarged cysts and improve kidney function are what we should do to treat headache.

-Lower blood pressure

Conventional treatment is to take western medicines such as ACE inhibitors, ARB, Beta-blockers, Calcium channel blockers etc. However, medications can not keep the blood pressure within control effectively. Because high blood pressure is caused by enlargement of cysts, you should take therapy focusing on shrinking enlarged cysts.

-Shrink enlarged cysts

Sclerotherapy and laparoscopic cyst decortication are usually used to shrink enlarged cysts.

-Improve kidney function

Recently, western medicine treatments are all aim to treat the symptoms rather than improve kidney function. And long-term using will bring about side effects. Therefore, natural herbs are recommended. Some Chinese herbs does not only has the function of improving kidney function, but also shrinking kidney cysts. Maybe you can have a try.

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