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Why Do People with ADPKD Get Leg Cramps

Why Do People with ADPKD Get Leg CrampsCramps, especially leg cramps, are a common symptom of chronic kidney disease as well as ADPKD. Quite a number of patients with ADPKD complain leg cramps make them have trouble falling asleep and affects their life quality a lot. Why do people with ADPKD have leg cramps?

General speaking, several conditions can cause leg cramps or muscle cramps for Polycystic Kidney Disease patients. Consult the doctor from Kidney Service China to determine which one causes your leg cramps and develop a correct treatment plan.

1. Electrolyte imbalance

When kidneys are damaged severely by enlarged kidney cysts, they will lose their ability to maintain electrolyte balance. Then, extra phosphorus builds up in the blood and causes low calcium level. This is one common reason for leg cramps. Besides, diarrhea and severe vomiting may also cause electrolyte disorder and cramps.

2. Fluid retention

Diseased kidneys are unable to determine how much fluid stays in the body, so extra fluid will retain in some regions like leg. In this condition, we call it leg swelling that causes poor blood circulation in legs, resulting in leg cramps easily.

3. Nerve damage

As glomerular filtration rate (GFR) declines, more and more waste products and toxins will build up in the body and damage muscles and nerves. This can result in muscle weakness, switches, pain and cramps, while legs are often involved in these problems.

4. Lack of blood flow all over the body

Enlarged ADPKD kidney cysts can replace kidney functioning tissues gradually, causing renal anoxia and ischemia state. Therefore, less blood can be filtered by kidneys every minute, so less blood flows all over the body including legs.

These are four common causes of leg cramps for patients with ADPKD. Patients should take effective treatments according to their illness condition. Otherwise, they won’t get any improvement.

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