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Why Dose ESRD Cause Leg Pain

Why Dose ESRD Cause Leg PainPatients with end stage renal disease have severe kidney damage, which can cause many systems’ disorder. Thereby, many complications will appear in this time, among which leg pain is a symptom that can affect patients’ life quality greatly.

In many cases, leg pain cause patients to have problems in falling asleep, and if patients do not have enough and regular rest, their condition will also be aggravated. Besides, this symptom will always worsen patients’ emotion, which is very bad for patients’ health.

Thereby, why does ESRD cause leg pain?

In fact, leg pain in patients with end stage renal disease is often caused by muscle cramps or bone pain.

Muscle cramps:

muscle cramps is mainly caused by the shortage of calcium or nervous problem.

Patients with kidney disease are easy to have mineral imbalance, among which hyperkalemia is very common in patients with kidney disease. While high level of potassium can lead to the shortage of calcium. On the other hand, the shortage of calcium can also be caused by the decrease of vitamin D. Damaged kidney will have problem in excreting a kind of enzyme, and that has the function of promoting the synthesis of vitamin D, which can promote our body’s absorption to calcium. Besides, the restriction in patients’ diet can also reduce the vitamin D intake.

For patients with end stage renal disease, they often have nerve problem, and the long nerves like nerves in arm and leg are more likely to have problem, which can cause patients to have muscle cramps.

Bone pain:

Bone pain is another common symptom in patients with kidney disease, an that is mainly caused by the shortage of calcium and the accumulation of urate.

We have mentioned the causes of calcium shortage in the part why patients have muscle cramps, and the causes in bone pain are similar with that in muscle cramps.

On the other hand, patients with damaged kidney are easy to have the imbalance of acid-base, and it is easy for patients to have the accumulation of urate, which can form crystal. When the crystal accumulate in patients’ joints, patients often have joint pain. As the shortage of calcium aggravate, patients will have osteoporosis.

To relieve this symptom, patients’ disease should be treated according to the causes. If patients leg pain is caused by the shortage of calcium, patients should supply calcium and vitamin D in their diet, and reduce the intake of phosphorus. If patients’ symptom is caused by the nerve problem, acupuncture and moxibustion or other chinese therapies may be effective. If their symptom is caused by the urate accumulation, patients should take the related medicines.

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