How will PKD make me feel?
If you’re living with polycystic kidney disease (PKD), you will want to take steps towards maintaining your quality of life – it is possible to continue living a happy, fulfilling life after diagnosis. One of the most common concerns for those living with PKD is chronic pain management; however this can typically be easily managed with occasional pain medication, such as acetaminophen. If you are not experiencing any pain, you may still choose to participate in routine day-to-day activities, such as working, volunteering and sports. Regular exercise can help contribute to a sense of well-being, as well as decrease blood pressure and stress. Over the first few months following your diagnosis, your kidneys may increase in size and weight, which can cause discomfort and might even contribute to chronic pain. Speak with your specialist if you are experiencing discomfort or pain that interferes with your lifestyle and they will work with you to determine the best course of action.