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Treatments to Manage Muscle Fatigue for PKD Patients

Treatments to Manage Muscle Fatigue for PKD PatientsMuscle fatigue or weakness usually appears when Polycystic Kidney Disease progresses into advanced stage. This symptom will affect patients’ work, study and everyday life, so patients should take prompt treatment to manage their muscle fatigue.

Why do PKD patients have muscle fatigue?

Polycystic Kidney Disease is characterized by a lot of cysts in both kidneys. Enlarged kidney cysts will replace kidney functioning tissues gradually, so most patients with PKD are more likely to have kidney failure finally. During this progression, patients may have muscle fatigue easily which are due to three conditions.

The first one is poor blood circulation. The decreased kidney function can filter less blood every minute, so less healthy blood flows throughout the body. Less blood means less oxygen transported into muscle, so patients have muscle fatigue.

The second one is electrolyte disorder. As kidneys are unable to keep electrolyte balance, low calcium level, high phosphorus level, and so on, can induce muscle weakness.

The last one is renal anemia. Renal anemia is caused by lack of red blood cells that leads to less oxygen for functioning cells as well as muscle.

Effective treatments to alleviate muscle fatigue for PKD patients

Based on the above analysis, we can know several treatments are helpful to deal with this problem. For example, eating more foods rich in iron and calcium, taking EPO treatment, accepting massage, hot compression and warm bath, doing moderate gentle exercise, and so on. All of these methods are helpful to ease patients’ muscle problem. Of course, the detailed treatment plan should depend on patients’ illness condition. To learn which one therapy is helpful for you, you can consult the doctor online or email to

Besides, PKD patients should also seek some treatments to shrink kidney cyst and protect kidney functioning tissues, and a healthy diet plan is also needed.

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