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Leg Cramps and Kidney Disease

Leg Cramps And Kidney DiseaseLeg cramps is a common symptom in patients with kidney disease, and this disease can damage patients’ emotion and life quality greatly. Thereby, it is important for patients to have a better understanding about this, which is helpful for patients to deal with their condition.

To know how to deal with this symptom, it is necessary to know how it appears.

Thereby, why do patients with kidney disease have leg cramps?


A major reason of patients’ leg cramps is low calcium in patients’ blood.

Kidney has the function of regulate the internal balance, include the electrolyte balance. And kidney disease can make patients to have the shortage of calcium in their blood easily, while hypocalcemia can increase patients’ muscles and nerve’s irritability, which can cause patients to have muscle cramps easily.

There are several reasons that can cause patients to have hypocalcemia. One is the shortage of vitamin D, which has the function of promoting the absorption of calcium. While the shortage of vitamin D may be caused by patient’s diet restriction, and it may also be caused by patient’s metabolic disorder. The other common reason of hypocalcemia is hyperphosphatemia. Because of the decrease of patients’ GFR, the excretion of phosphorus will decline. While calcium and phosphorus compete for absorption, and the rise of phosphorus in blood will cause the decrease of calcium.

Nerve problem

Another common reason of leg cramps is patients’ nerve problem.

For patients in the end stage of kidney disease, they may often have leg cramps, and that can not be relieved when calcium is supplied into patients’ blood, because it is caused by patients’ nerve disorder.

As the progression of patients’ kidney damage, lots of wastes and toxins will accumulate in patients’ blood, and these substances can cause many systems’ damage, including patient’s nerve health, which can cause many symptoms to patients, and leg cramps may appear.

To deal with this this symptom, patients should take measures according to their own condition. No matter what the cause of patients’ leg cramps is, patients will always need to do their best to improve their kidney condition. Besides, if patient’s leg cramps is caused by nerve problem, acupuncture and moxibustion may be a good choice to relieve their condition.

As we know, treatment should be taken based on patients’ condition, so it will be different for different patients. Besides, if you need any help or have any question, you can consult us, and we are willing to help you.

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