The exact cause of membranous nephropathy is unknown.
The autoantibodies will attack your own tissues because your immune system will mistake it for foreign tissue and these autoantibodies can damage your kidney’s filtering systems or the glomeruli.
Other causes may include infection with hepatitis B or hepatitis C or syphilis, autoimmune disease such as lupus erythematosus.
There are treatments and medications like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and gold salts. Along with other kidney diseases such as glomerulonephritis and diabetic nephropathy may also occur with membranous nephropathy.
4 Making a Diagnosis
If you feel you have membranous nephropathy visit your physician to receive a diagnosis. The doctor may refer you to a nephrologist that specializes in kidney problems. Bring your friend or one of the members of your family.
You can write down the questions that you want to ask your doctor:
Do I have a problem with my kidney?
Is it fatal?
How badly will they be affected?
What are the causes of this disease?
What kind of laboratory tests and exams do I need?
What medication do you recommend?
What treatment do you suggest?
Do I have other options?
What will be the possible side effects of these treatments and medications?
Make a list of all the vitamins, supplements, and medications that you are taking every day.
Your doctor may recommend some test like blood tests or creatinine blood tests so the doctor may check your kidney function, urinalysis, Glomerular filtration rate (GFR) test and Antinuclear antibody (ANA) test, glycosylated hemoglobin tests and Fasting blood sugar, a CT scan or ultrasound and kidney biopsy to identify what type of kidney disease you have.
Treatment of membranous nephropathy focuses on addressing the cause of your disease and relieving your symptoms.
There is no known cure for membranous nephropathy. There are only measures that need to be taken like controlling blood pressure with medicines.
The greater the protein level, the greater the risk to your body. Rituxan is effective in some people.
There are no certain steps to prevent membranous nephropathy.
You may take the prevention steps for not having hepatitis B and C for it may cause membranous nephropathy.
Eat healthy and nutritious foods. Sleep well. Exercise daily.
7 Alternative and Homeopathic Remedies
Ask your doctor if any alternative and homeopathic remedies exist for membranous nephropathy.
8 Lifestyle and Coping
Lifestyle modifications are necessary in order to cope with membranous nephropathy.
Find a support group in your area or talk to someone close to you.
Ask your physician how to reduce of developing kidney disease and he may prescribe medications and treatments and that you may have regular checkups.
Have a healthy diet and eat less salty foods and exercise regularly. Do not smoke or drink alcohol.
9 Risks and Complications
Some risks or complication of membranous nephropathy may include:
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