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Leg Cramps In Patients With Kidney Disease

Leg Cramps In Patients With Kidney DiseasePatients with kidney disease often have leg cramps, and this is especially common to patients in late stage renal disease. Leg cramps often makes patients hard to fall asleep, which can damage patients’ life quality severely. Thereby, it is necessary for patients to have a better understanding about this aspect.

Causes of leg cramps in patients with kidney disease:

Mineral disorder in patients’ blood

Patients with kidney disease often have mineral disorders, and the leg cramps may mainly be related with the balance of potassium and calcium. Patients with kidney disease are more likely to have hyperkalemia, which can cause the shortage of calcium, and that can cause patients to have leg cramps easily. On the other hand, if patients have potassium deficiency, that is another reason to cause patients to have muscle cramp in their hands and feet.

The shortage of vitamin D

The shortage of vitamin D is easy to cause patients’ hypocalcemia, which may cause patients have muscle cramps. The shortage of vitamin D is often caused by patients’ strict diet restriction and the metabolic disorder of vitamin D.


Almost all patients in dialysis will suffer many complications, among which patients can have muscle cramps easily. In this condition, patients may have muscle cramps in their legs, and they may also have this symptom in their abdomen and chest, which can make them have stomach pain and labored breathing. The causes of muscle in dialysis have not be very clear, and it is said this may be related to the shortage of oxygen, low amount of sodium and the reduction of blood flow.

Besides the factors above, patients’ leg cramps may also have relations with other factors, like nerve problem, and patients should accept treatment based on their own condition. If you are not sure what the cause of your cramps are, you should see a doctor to make it clear. Or you can also consult our online experts, and we are willing to help you.

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