Our expert says:
Buffs, if your doctor thinks a biopsy is needed, he probably has very good reasons for doing so, and it could be very unwise to ignore it. there are many reasons for a pain in a foot, including tumors, infections, circulation problems, neuritis, and arthritis. Treatment could probablym clear it up, but only the right treatment for the right cause. If you're bothered that they didn't do much on a previous occasion, discuss this with your doctor, and make sure they do something more useful this time. ONLY a biopsy can be really clear about what could be going wrong in the kidney, and thus give a proper chance to clear it up or at least to control it. And the consequences of ignoring some of the possible causes of these problems, can be serious and avoidable.
With all due respect, you seem to know what you need to do, and want to find a way to reassure yourself that you needn't do it. Depending on where you are, some of the Medical Schools and larger state hospitals have good facilties for biopsies, dialysis, etc., and you could be referred there if you can't afford to have this done privately. But I'm worried that you may be accumulating harm and damage, and we'd like to have you round for a long time to come !
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