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Finding out that you have kidney disease can be very upsetting. It may have taken you by surprise, since kidney disease usually does not cause symptoms early on. Your diagnosis has a big effect on your family too. They may be worried and feel helpless. The more you learn about your disease, the better you will be able to get support when you need it.
There are different types of kidney disease. You have a type that causes fluid-filled bubbles (or cysts) to grow inside your kidneys. Nothing that you have done has caused them to form. You may have inherited genes that caused these cysts to grow. If they continue to grow and multiply, you may be more and more uncomfortable, and your kidneys may have problems doing their important work.
Your doctor can help you set up a treatment plan that can ease pain and help you stay active. Changes in your diet along with a good exercise program should help you stay healthy.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: March 1, 2023
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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