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Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a group of disorders that result from the formation and progressive enlargement of cysts in the kidneys without dysplasia, usually leading to renal failure.

Causes and Management of Leg Cramp in PKD

2013-05-06 11:08

leg cramp in PKDLeg cramp is a common complain among PKD patients; however, seldom of them know how PKD cause this bothersome symptom and how to manage it naturally.

How does leg cramp affects PKD patients?

Leg cramp is a sharp pain in the legs. With leg cramp, PKD patients may experience sudden awakening in the middle night due to this unbearable feeling. It usually lasts for several seconds to several minutes and frequent leg cramps affect patient’s sleep quality seriously.

Cause of leg cramp in PKD

In PKD, leg cramp is thought to be caused by imbalance of fluid and electrolyte like low calcium, low potassium and dehydration. These conditions are common among PKD patients, so they are believed to be the major causes of leg cramp.

Actually, aisde them, there are some other bad habits that also can cause leg cramps and PKD patients need to try to avoid these harmful living habits:

1. Sitting for long periods of time

2. Sitting improperly

3. Severe stress on a leg and this is common among atheletes.

How to manage leg cramp in PKD?

Effective management of leg cramp will help to reduce lots of sufferings. The followings are the several tips for PKD patients who experience frequent leg cramp:

1. Monitor serum electrolytes regularly and try to balance them by adjusting diet or taking corresponding supplements.

2. Adjust fluid intake according to illness condition, so as to avoid dehydration.

3. Regular and mild physical exercises also help to prevent night leg cramp.

4. Regular massage on legs

5. Some Chinese medicines like micro-Chinese medicines can improve kidney function, which is also helpful for preventing leg cramp.

With different causes of leg cramp, PKD patients need to take different measurements. What are the suitable management for you? Please consult our consultant online or directly leave message to

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