Pain affects more than 100 million people in the United States, including more than 60% of hemodialysis patients who say they feel moderate or severe chronic pain. Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something is not right. There are many types of pain and figuring out what is causing your pain can be challenging. Common causes of pain for people with kidney disease include gout, metabolic bone disease, nerve damage, inflammation from dialysis treatments and repeatedl
Some hospitals around the country are making the difficult decision to postpone kidney transplants in light of the rapidly spreading coronavirus, which has threatened to overwhelm our health care system. While this news may be devastating to patients who are on the waiting list or have a living donor, it’s important to understand the medical reasoning behind the decisions. If you are in this situation, be sure to check in with your transplant center to ask for updates.