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Has Polycystic Kidney Disease. Have lower back pain. Prescribed Medrol. Continue medication?

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My Brother has a Polycystic Kidney Disease and form the last one month he has pain in his lower back and Dr. suggested him to took Medrol for 4 days after taking the medicine he is getting relief in his pain but as the 4 days over he is again getting pain in on the 5th day. so can we continue to this medicine as he is having kidney problem ?
Posted Sat, 28 Sep 2013 in Kidney Conditions
Answered by Dr. Avinash Ignatius 36 minutes later
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In polycystic kidney, pain can occur due to many reasons - a stone, a bleed in a cyst, infection.

Medrol is a steroid, and will reduce pain by reducing inflammation. But if the cause is an infection it may worsen later. It is not a good idea to continue medrol, without investigating the cause of his pain.

He needs an ultrasound, if that is inconclusive and pain persists he may need a CT.

Also get a Urine examination and culture to rule out an infection.


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