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Causes and Treatment for Leg Pain after Dialysis

2013-01-20 10:11

leg painMany renal failure patients suffer from sever leg pain and leg acids after starting dialysis therapy, is this one complication of dialysis or there are other causes? Here you can learn its causes and alleviation.

Why my legs ache after dialysis?

Muscle cramps. Muscle cramp is one common side effect of dialysis with an incidence of about 10-15%. Muscle cramp mainly occurs to calf muscle and feet and it can also affect upper limbs and abdominal muscles. The possible reasons are lack of oxygen in the tissues and inadequate circulating blood volume.

Renal osteopathy. Due to calcium, phosphorus and vitamin D metabolic disorder, secondary hyperparathyroidism and imbalances of acid-base, chronic renal failure patients often have renal osteodystrophy, also called renal osteopathy. It has slow progression and is characterized by bone pain, bone fracture and bone deformation. This is another major cause of leg pain and some patients can not even get up.

How to alleviate leg pain after dialysis?

For leg pain caused by muscle cramps, slow down or stop ultrafiltration and infusion of 100-200ml saline or hypertonic sugar water can alleviate leg pain.

For leg pain caused by renal osteopathy, effective alleviations are to balance calcium and phosphorus levels, prevent and rectify parathyroid hyperplasia.

To alleviate leg pain from the root, patients need effective treatments for renal failure so as to improve kidney function and get rid of dialysis or at least reduce frequency of dialysis.

Effective treatments should have the following functions---removing metabolic wastes and toxins, eliminating blood stasis and promoting blood circulation, rectifying electrolyte imbalances and providing necessary nutritions to strengthen the bone and promoting repairing of damaged renal tissues.

Immunotherapy is a good treatment for treating leg pain due to renal failure and dialysis. It is a systemic therapy which consists of 6 steps. It takes advantages of more advanced blood purification technologies such as hemofiltration, hemoperfusion, plasma exchange which have more thorough clearing functions and at the same time reducing the side effects of dialysis. After toxins and wastes are removed and the internal environment is cleared, following medicines can have better effects on repairing renal damages and improving renal functions.

Only if renal failure is treated together with leg pain can the effects be lasting and durable.

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