This Polycystic Kidney Disease or PKD is a dreadful ordeal in the final stages. Back pain, vomiting, blood in urine, kidney infections are just some of the issues. The only known treatment until a replacement donor kidney can me obtained is dialysis. This treatment is short term and is not fully effective simply because as Debbie and I learned up at IU, dialysis does not in any way remove all the waste from the blood like your own fully functional kidneys or kidney would. Therefore the longer you are on dialysis the shorter you are cutting you life span after you do get your transplant. The ideal situation is to never go on dialysis in the first place, get a healthy living donor kidney and then the life you have left should be very fulfilling!