How can PsA affect the kidneys?

How can PsA affect the kidneys?


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  • forpaws author
    11 months ago

    everytime PsA.com mentions some% of PsA sufferers experience “this or that” I fall into that percentage. I seem to have an excessive case of it. To be fair I also have a multitude of other conditions which likely includes SLE as well. Anyway, I’ve noticed odd patterns/cycles with urination. Probably the most frustrating is having to urgently pee not even 10 minutes after using the toilet (it’s not an infection as this has been going on for months). Phosphaturia is also an interesting symptom that I can’t figure out and at times I can’t seem to fully empty or am not when I think I am (maybe it’s old age too). I do not have insurance so testing/treatment isn’t an option. I just like knowing what might be the root of weird stuff…

  • VickiN moderator
    11 months ago

    @forpaws, I’m really interested to hear what the community has experienced! Hopefully you can get some ideas to run by your Doc. One of my relatives has something very similar, but has always just attributed it to “getting older.” That’s sort of the catch-all for things our Docs can’t explain, right? (at least, this has been my experience!).
    -Victoria, Community Moderator

  • forpaws author
    11 months ago

    yeah, and “you need to lose weight” is the other garbage can they dump everything into. And for God’s sake, don’t tell them you’re in pain because then you’re a doctor-hopping drug seeker…

  • VickiN moderator
    10 months ago

    @forpaws, I totally agree! When a Doc’s only recommendation is “lose weight” I interpret this as *shoulder shrug*, “I don’t really know what’s going on.” And oh my goodness, don’t even get me going on how difficult it is to get pain management. I understand where the Doctors are coming from (at least here in Canada), as you can lose your license to practice if it’s deemed you are inappropriately prescribing narcotics, but the carte blanche decision not to prescribe is hugely detrimental to a whole group of us. The system needs fixing. We are of the same mind!
    -Victoria, Community Moderator

  • VickiN moderator
    11 months ago

    Hi @forpaws, kidney disease is actually one of our health conditions that can be more common in those of us with PsA:
    https://psoriatic-arthritis.com/related-conditions-risk/
    Kidney damage can also occur from diabetes (which is also linked to PsA), and/or from some of the medications we take to manage pain and inflammation. Is this something that you’ve been concerned about lately?
    -Victoria, Community Moderator

  • forpaws author
    10 months ago

    my pulmonologist once told me that if I lost weight (and I was obese) I “would cure my COPD (incurable, which I knew), diabetes, high BP AND arthritis”. I lost 120# (the right way over a year) and my COPD got worse, needed insulin when I’d never used it, my arthritis obviously got worse BUT my BP did improve and I had a pair of heart attacks 6 days apart…As for pain management, evidently Canada and the US are rowing the same boat. In addition to the other things I mentioned my teeth also began breaking and this exacerbated all treatment of me because now I also looked like a meth user >:( I DO resort to pot occasionally, it makes my arrhythymia even more stupid tho, BUT I would be refused any treatment if THC is found in my system…so. treading icy water in a fast current between a boulder and waterfall hanging on for what?

  • VickiN moderator
    10 months ago

    Hi @forpaws, I’m curious if you’ve had any of the same success with CBD? There are companies that sell CBD creams and supplements that are free of THC (so no worries if there is drug testing). Of course I would say make sure to check with your Doc first, but I’m not sure how feasible that is! (insert eye roll emoji, lol)
    -Victoria, Community Moderator

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