Leg pain and muscle cramps which especially happen near the end of dialysis treatment to some kidney failure patients. If you are also having this problem, the following information is expected to be helpful.
Causes of leg pain and muscle cramps for dialysis patients
The application of low sodium dialysate can cause the serum sodium to decline greatly, which results in vasoconstriction in the muscles and ischaemia of muscle. Then leg pain and muscle cramps appear.
Low blood pressure, a common dialysis problem, happening during dialysis treatment can become one of causes.
If the weight of patients is less than dry weight after ultrafiltration, leg pain and muscle cramps may appear at the later stage of dialysis. Also it may even last for several hours after the treatment.
Treatment for leg pain and muscle cramps for dialysis patients
Acute leg pain and other muscle cramps can be relieved with hyperosmotic glucose or hypertonic saline. The sodium load in the hypertonic saline can lead to thirsty after dialysis, so patients with non-diabetes had better choose hyperosmotic glucose.
To prevent low blood pressure seems to be very necessary to prevent muscle cramps happening. Some kidney failure patients can avoid it by increasing the concentration of sodium in dialyzate at the last one-two hours of dialysis treatment.
What should dialysis patients know?
Nowadays, more and more kidney failure patients are eager to get rid of dialysis treatment, and various dialysis problems including muscle cramps can be one of reasons. Here we have to say that dialysis can be a double-edged sword, and the only way to reduce dialysis times and even stop it is to make kidneys work again by recovering renal function. In general, the clinical experience tells that those dialysis patients who still have some urine volume will achieve more obvious treatment effect after the proper treatment. And then how about your condition? If you have interests, go and learn about Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy for Renal Failure. Feel free to let us know if having any questions.
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