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Headache is a common discomfort in the majority of people. However, as an autoimmune disorder, will IgA Nephropathy lead to headache? If so, what are the causes and treatments?
Frankly speaking, headache do attack IgA nephropathy patients. And the causes and treatments are mainly summarized as follows:
Causes of headache in IgA nephropathy
1. High blood pressure Normally, kidneys are responsible for the adjustment of blood pressure. However, the inflammatory reaction will cause damage to the blood-cleaners, as a result, high blood pressure occurs. When the nerve system is involved, headache appears.
2. Anemia In addition to regulating blood pressure, they can also help produce a kind of hormone named EPO, which is associated with red blood cells tightly. As kidneys can’t work normally, there will be less red blood cells. And anemia can also contribute to headache.
Additionally, headache is also linked with decline in immunity.
Ways to alleviate headache in IgA nephropathy
■ Management of high blood pressure Except for limiting the intake of salt, medications like ACE Inhibitors, ARBs, etc are also helpful to lower blood pressure and relieve proteinuria.
■ Painkillers In daily life, painkillers like ibuprofen, tylenol, etc may be used to treat headache. However, some of the drugs can be harmful to the
kidneys. Thereby, it is of essential to take drugs under the guidance of doctors’.
■ Immunotherapy It is also known as biotherapy, and clinical practices have proven its efficacy in correcting abnormal immune system and repairing the injured renal cells. During the process, Western medicine, traditional Chinese medicine and blood-purification technique are involved. After a period of treatment, the immunity can be improved and headache relieved.
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