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Stiffness in Hip and Leg Cramps in Kidney Failure

Stiffness in Hip and Leg Cramps in Kidney FailureKidney failure is the end stage of chronic kidney disease, and it may make patients can’t work normally due to stiffness in hip and leg cramps. Detecting the underlying cause can guide patients to get correct treatments.

How does kidney failure cause stiffness in hip and leg cramps?

Both of stiffness in hip and leg cramps are more likely to hypocalcemia, which is common in kidney failure through the following aspects.

1. Restricted diet: Active vitamin D can help regulate calcium-phosphorus metabolism, but in kidney failure, patients often need to follow a restricted diet plan that can cause vitamin D deficiency easily. Then, more phosphorus builds up in the blood and calcium level declines easily.

2. Hyperphosphatemia: With the decline of glomerular filtration rate, kidneys’ ability to excrete phosphorus also declines. Deposits of phosphorus in blood can cause the increase of serum phosphorus level and the decline of serum calcium level, which can lead to neuromuscular irritation. Finally, muscle cramps and stiffness in hip occurs.

3. Some diuretics: It is reported that some diuretics like furosemide can increase the calcium excretion, which is another cause of this problem.

Effective methods to manage stiffness in hip and leg cramps for kidney failure patients?

From the above analysis, we can conclude these problems are due to vitamin D deficiency, calcium and phosphorus disorder, side effect of some medications, or low kidney function. According to the causes, the following methods are helpful.

- Eat more foods rich in calcium or calcium supplements

- Follow a low-phosphorus diet plan

- Change the medications if patients’ problems are caused by diuretics

- Use Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy or Clear Blood Pollution Therapy to repair damaged kidneys

This is only an overview of some suggestions for kidney failure patients with stiffness in hip and leg cramps. To get individual treatment advice, you can email to or leave a message below.

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