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Causes of Leg Cramps at End of Dialysis

2014-08-03 01:52

Causes of Leg Cramps at End of DialysisLeg cramps are a common complication at end of dialysis treatment, occurring in 33-36 percent of patients; they often result in the early termination of a hemodialysis session and therefore a significant cause of underdialysis. The exact etiology of cramps in dialysis patients is unknown. Since cramps tend to occur most frequently near the end of hemodialysis treatments, changes in plasma osmolality and/or extracellular fluid volume have been implicated.

Why my leg cramps at end of dialysis?

1. Poor blood circulation: Muscle cramp mainly occurs on the shank and feet, and it can also affect upper limbs and abdomen. The possible reasons are lack of oxygen in the tissues and inadequate circulating blood volume.

2. Vitamin D deficiency: What’s more, damaged kidneys cannot produce activated vitamin D, which is very important for the absorption of calcium. Lack of calcium lead to leg cramps.

3. Dehydration: Dialysis is a way to eliminate the extra water in body. But if dehydrate too much, low blood pressure and muscle ischemia will happen.

4. Low-sodium dialyzate: You should not dialysis with the dialyzate whose concentration is less than 135Eq/L.

You may have leg cramps due other factors. You can consult your doctor or ask help from our online experts. Find the real cause and take proper treatment.

What can I do to for leg cramps at end of dialysis?

1. Exercise: You can do some mild stretch movements.

2. Massage: If your condition permits, you can try this natural method.

3. Adjust the amount, concentration or temperature of the dialyzate, but you should make the changed under the doctor’s monitoring.

4. Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy: This therapy does not treat leg cramps directly, but it take effects by improving kidney function. As long as your kidney can restore the normal function, you can reduce the frequency of dialysis, and even avoid dialysis.

I am not exaggerating. Thousands of patients from more than 64 countries have benefited from this innovative therapy of our hospital. If you want to know more about this therapy or about us, you are welcomed to contact us at any time.

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