Why Kidney Failure Patients Experience Muscle Cramps
For people with kidney failure, they are usually troubled by a range of symptoms including muscle cramps. Then, what are the possible causes? Read on to find detailed info.
After careful study, nephrologists at our Peking Tung Shin Tang Chinese Medical Hospital concluded the following inducing factors of muscle cramps:
Toxins accumulated in the kidneys In normal condition, healthy kidneys can help filter waste products and toxins out of the blood. However, in kidney failure, extra toxins will accumulate in the body and cause damage to the nerve system. And restless leg syndrome is one of the main manifestations.
Electrolyte imbalance The other function of kidneys are to maintain the balance of electrolytes in the blood. In advanced stage of kidney disease, due to decline of kidney function, electrolyte imbalance is more likely to occur.
As an electrolyte, calcium is related to the excitement of muscle system. When there is low blood calcium, the possibility of presenting muscle cramps will be increased.
Kidney damage Kidneys can produce active vitamin D, which is responsible for calcium-phosphorus metabolism. In renal failure, the intestinal tract can not absorb calcium as usual, therefore, the building up of phosphorus will appear. And this is another cause of muscle cramps.
Improper usage of diuretics It is reported that a kind of diuretics named furosemide can increase the secretion of calcium.
The above contents are possible causes of muscle cramps in kidney failure, if you are experiencing this discomfort, it is necessary to find out the root cause as early as possible. Anything unclear, you are suggested to chat with our online doctor or call us US +1-909-895-6253 / AU +61-02-8373-6766. Best wishes!
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