IgA Nephropathy is one inflammation appearing in kidneys. Because of its slow progression, most patients with IgA Nephropathy don’t have any symptom in the early stage. However, with its progress, more and more symptoms happen to affect these patients’ life quality.
What are the common symptoms of IgA Nephropathy?
IgA Nephropathy occurs for the deposits of IgA in glomerular mesangial area, so it can cause damage to kidney filters gradually. For this reason, the symptoms of this kidney disease usually have a close link with this characteristic.
Recurrent hematuria or microscopic hematuria is the most common symptom for IgA Nephropathy patients. Damaged glomerular filtration membrane leaks red blood cells in the urine that may be the reason for hematuria. Also, this symptom may appear after the gastrointestinal tract or urinary tract infections.
IgA Nephropathy can be a cause of Nephrotic Syndrome. If patients’ kidney disease shows Nephrotic Syndrome, heavy proteinuria will be a typical symptom.
Even though swelling isn’t as common as hematuria and proteinuria, it indeed happens to some IgA Nephropathy patients. Fluid and sodium retention and a lot of protein leakage are two reasons for swelling.
4. Back pain
A lot of IgA Nephropathy patients complain of back pain. Urinary tract infections or blockage or loss of kidney function are the reasons for these patients’ back pain or flank pain.
The above are commonly seen in IgA Nephropathy patients. Besides, with the progress of patient’s illness condition, they are more likely to develop some other symptoms, such as:
- Fatigue or tiredness
- High blood pressure
- Flu and cold-like symptoms
- Be susceptible to allergies
- Poor appetite
- Mood swings
All of the above symptoms can affect patients’ life quality and health condition largely. If you have one or more IgA Nephropathy symptoms, you had better tell your doctor and accept effective treatment timely.