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Does Creatine Give Anyone Else Kidney Pains?


#1

I started taking it a little while back, and after a few weeks I started getting a pretty bad pain in one of my kidneys. I went to the doctor and after a few tests they said they didn’t understand what was wrong, when I said I was taking creatine they said to stop taking it immediately. Now doctors always seem to hate supplements, but sure enough I stopped taking it and the pain went away.

I’m thinking of starting up and seeing if it happens again, but I was wondering first if anyone else has had this issue?


#2

How much water do you drink.

And yes, when something hurts, stop.


#3

Are you taking high quality creatine, or some cheap brand from a discount store?


#4

I was using MyProtein’s creatine monohydrate, and I tend to drink about half a gallon a day


#5

That isn’t enough for a hard working athlete in general, let alone one supplementing with creatine. Up it to a gallon and make it a mission to always drink that much.


#6

Creatine needs lots of water to work. One of the symptoms of that is hurting kidneys.

2x what he said.