What's it like to get a biopsy for IgA nephropathy?

Posted by joejokief73 @joejokief73, Jun 23, 2019

I have stage 3 kidney disease and have been in stage 2 for 10 years. I’m getting a biopsy soon. I want to know your experiences with them.


Now im just wanting to get it over with

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@joejokief73, I am happy that you have already gained support and confidence by hearing the experiences of other members who have gone thru it.
I never had a biopsy of my native kidneys, but I have had several on my transplanted kidney which is in my lower left abdomen. My experience is very similar to those already posted. The only pain for me was a 'bee sting' prick with the initial lidocaine was administered and it was only a split second prick.
For me the most discomforting part was just the thought of being in a hospital like environment for this outpatient procedure.

My husband accompanied me, and he was able to be with me afterwards, and we chatted with the nurses who monitored my vital signs, brought me a drink and snack, helped me to bathroom when I got up, and walked with me before I was discharged. I did have some discomfort afterwards, and I was allowed to take some tylenol for it.
Take comfort in knowing that it is a 'routine' procedure. The doctors do it often enough that they have developed a remarkable skill.

Has the biopsy been scheduled?


Welcome to Connect, @joejokief73
You'll notice that I moved your message to the Kidney & Bladder group (https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/kidney-conditions/) where you'll meet other members with stage 3 kidney disease and IgA nephropathy, like @eileen14 @butterfly225 @AlwaysHopeful and @kidney09. I'm also tagging other members @cehunt57 @rosemarya @kamama94 and @trishannawho, who have or had CKD and may have had a kidney biopsy and can share what it is like.

Joe, how are you feeling these days? What symptoms concern you the most?

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I just found out that I have been in stage three kidney for over five years now; and if I did not discover this myself the endochronologist and the others would not have told me this. I have also been going to an oncologist for eight years and he also did not notify me of this. They all took the same blood tests. Perhaps I should not be so upset? Now, after I have changd the doctors. the new endochonologist is addressing this issue starting with a decrease if the metformin medication and is sending me to a nephralogist. I have stated before that the doctors here in Ocala are questionable. (I am trying to be kind). ha, ha, ha, ha.

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