December 1, 2015

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Kidney Failure

Does kidney failure cause pain?

Kidney failure in itself does not cause pain. However, the consequences of kidney failure may cause pain and discomfort in different parts of the body.

Amyloid proteins

Normal functioning kidneys filter amyloid (a protein) from the blood stream. In kidney failure amyloid proteins in the blood rise, and can separate and clump together forming amyloid deposits into a variety of tissue and organs, including joints and tendons. This can result in symptoms of:

  • joint stiffness,
  • pain, and
  • swelling.

Procedure related pain

  • Patients who are on dialysis may have discomfort when on the dialysis machine.

Underlying chronic disease pain

Reviewed on 1/23/2015