IgA Nephropathy (Berger's disease) is a kind of auto immune disease. As the most common cause of glomerulonephritis, it accounts for about 45% of cases. Originally thought to be benign, it is now known that many patients with IgA Nephropathy can progress to Renal Failure. Recognizing the following early symptoms of this disease contributes to prompt treatment.
● Urinary changes
a. You may find changes of the urine color. When you present cola- or
tea-colored urine, you need to take it serious and go to see a doctor as early
b. You may detect much foams or bubbles in urine and it can last for long
period. This is an possible indication of protein in urine.
c. You may have abnormal output of urine. For healthy people, it is normal to
have 4~8 times urination per day and the urinary output amounts to 1500ml. If
your urine output increases or decreases suddenly when you have no fever, much
sweat or excessive water intake, you need to go to the hospital for check in
case of IgA Nephropathy.
d. You may need to get up frequently in the night to urinate. In normal
circumstances, people younger than 60 years old should not have this condition.
If a young man has nocturia, you man have declined renal function.
● Swelling (edema)
After getting up in the morning, you may have eye puffiness, and swelling
face. The edema will remit late in the day, but get serious after strenuous work
which can be relieved after rest. In the cases of severe edema, you may have
ankles swelling, and edema in double lower extremities and feet, etc.
● Backache (lumbago)
You may have unexplained backache. It is necessary to check the kidneys,
spine and lumbar back muscles and so forth.
● Sexual problems
For males, you may have sexual problems like spermatorrhoea and
So far, the best treatment for IgA Nephropathy is immunotherapy, which can
help us eliminate the root cause. If you are find better treatmen for your
disease, immunotherapy is your good choice.