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Muscle Cramping in PKD: Causes and Treatment

2014-11-21 13:44

Muscle Cramping in PKDSome PKD patients complain that they are suffering from muscle cramping and that has already effected the quality of their life. After learning about the causes and treatment for muscle cramping in PKD, you are expected to manage your condition well.

Causes for muscle cramping in PKD

Firstly, patients should know that PKD has already become a common cause for kidney failure requiring dialysis or kidney transplant in the near future. That is to say, with the development of condition, kidney function becomes less and less. While, with the continue loss in kidney function, various symptoms and complications will appear, and electrolyte imbalance is included.

Muscle tissue relies, in part, on a range of minerals, electrolytes and other chemicals in order to contract and relax. Some of these important substances include calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium. Once electrolyte imbalance happens, muscles become more susceptible to cramping. What is more, other symptoms of PKD including dehydration, vomiting and diarrhea can also result in electrolyte imbalance and then muscle cramping.

Treatment for muscle cramping in PKD

Medication – some medications can be helpful to control muscle cramps. See your doctor for further information.

Stretch and massage – lengthen the cramping muscle using a gentle, sustained stretch then lightly massage the area until the cramp subsides. If you are unsure how to stretch leg muscles, see your physiotherapist for advice.

Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy-this natural treatment is commonly used in the clinic to treat PKD. On one hand, to shrink cysts by the functions of increasing permeability of cyst wall, decreasing lining cells’ ability of secreting cyst fluid, speeding up blood flow and changing inner and outer pressure difference of cyst wall; on another hand, to recover renal function through improving blood circulation, removing blood stasis, anti-inflammation, anti-coagulation, promoting DNA replication of damaged inherent cells and offering kidneys nutrients, thus treating electrolyte imbalance from the root and then relieving muscle cramps.

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