From Tendonitis to Liver and Kidney Disease

You ask yourself: “How can may tendonitis possibility lead to liver or even kidney disease?”.  The reason might not be so obvious but the plain truth is that tendonitis or symptoms of tendonitis can cause chronic pain and inflammation in the joints.  In order to relieve the pain and inflammation, a person  will usually take an over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen or some other pain reliever.  Herein lies the rub.  You may “temporarily” relieve your painful symptoms BUT, if you overuse these pain killers and NSAIDs, you are in danger of developing liver or kidney disease.

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Purpose of Kidneys:

According to WedMD, the kidneys' function are to filter the blood. All the blood in our bodies passes through the kidneys several times a day. The kidneys remove wastes, control the body's fluid balance, and regulate the balance of electrolytes. As the kidneys filter blood, they create urine, which collects in the kidneys' pelvis — funnel-shaped structures that drain down tubes called ureters to the bladder.

Damage to the kidneys may cause any one of the following, just to name a few:  kidney stones, chronic renal failure, nephratic syndrome, kidney cancer.

Purpose of the Liver:

WebMD states that the liver's main job is to filter the blood coming from the digestive tract, before passing it to the rest of the body. The liver also detoxifies chemicals and metabolizes drugs. As it does so, the liver secretes bile that ends up back in the intestines. The liver also makes proteins important for blood clotting and other functions.

Diseases and Conditions:

Abusing pain killers and anti-inflammatory drugs can also lead to the following diseases and conditions to the kidney and liver, respecively:

  • Kidney stones, chronic renal failure, nephrotic syndrome, kidney cancer
  • Liver cancer, hepatitis, cirrhosis, gallstones