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How To Treat Muscle Cramp In PKD

How To Treat Muscle Cramp In PKDMuscle cramp is a common symptom in patient with polycystic kidney disease (PKD), and this problem can affect patient’s quality obviously, especially in sleeping.

Why patients with PKD have muscle cramp?

There are many factors can cause patient to have muscle cramp.

The shortage of calcium in blood is a major reason of muscle cramp, which is caused by diet restriction, the shortage of vitamin D, hyperphosphatemia, etc.

Beside, the deficiency of potassium can cause muscle cramp. And nerve problem caused the accumulation of metabolic wastes is also a major cause.

How Can muscle cramp be treated?

To treat this problem, measures should be taken according to its causes, and there are many effective ways in solving this problem.


Diet is important for patients to treat muscle cramp.

If this problem is caused by the deficiency of potassium or calcium, patient will need to increase these nutrients’ intake in his diet. And patient may also need to reduce his phosphorus intake in his diet, because phosphorus and calcium compete for absorption, and high phosphorus can lead to low calcium in body.

Besides, diet is also an important way to protect and improve patient’s kidney function, which is very important aspect in solving this problem.

Blood purification:

Blood purification includes many therapies, like dialysis, plasma exchange, etc. If muscle cramp is caused by nerve damage, which is caused by the accumulation of metabolic wastes in patient’s blood, blood purification will be useful in solve this problem.

And if patient’s muscle cramp is caused by the metabolic disorder of electrolytes in patient’s body, dialysis will be a effective way to correct the disorder.

Of course, many other medicines and nursing care will be applied in solving this problem, which are also essential. In the end, if you have any trouble in dealing with kidney disease, you can leave us a message, and we are glad to help you.

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