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Does CKD Cause Leg Problems During Sleep

2016-02-04 10:36| Font Size A A A

Does CKD Cause Leg Problems During SleepChronic Kidney Disease is a progressive disease over time, which can cause more symptoms or discomforts gradually. Well then, does CKD cause leg problems during sleep?

Actually, the answer is yes, especially when your kidney damage progresses into the advanced stages, such as CKD Stage 4 or Kidney Failure. Generally speaking, due to severe decline of renal function, patients are prone to suffer from leg swelling, leg cramps, restless legs syndrome, etc. Well then, what are the specific cause for leg problems during sleep?

1. Water-sodium retention

Healthy kidneys can help discharge extra fluid from our body effectively. When kidneys are unable to work effectively, extra water can build up in the body tissues, thus inducing swelling. During sleep, the swollen legs may cause pain, affecting sleep quality.

2. Poor blood circulation

When kidneys fail to produce enough EPO, fewer red blood cells are made and less blood and oxygen is transported into muscles, resulting in muscle cramps.

3. Potassium deficiency.

Potassium is a mineral that the body needs to work normally, which help the body uses energy and build muscles and make the bone strong. Kidneys are important organ to balance the electrolytes in your body and they help regulate the potassium levels in your blood. When you are in kidney disease stage 4 or 5, potassium deficiency occurs and causes leg, foot cramps.

In addition, leg problems also can occur if you are on dialysis treatment. Through the above analysis, we can see that there are many factors that can induce leg problems. Fortunately, there are still many treatments that can help relieve the condition. Future help, you also can email to us at or leave a message below directly!

1. Take a warm shower or bath to relax the muscle. And a heating pad placed on the muscle can also help.

2. Improve your blood circulation: Some traditional Chinese medicines have the effects of activation blood and improving the blood circulation all over the body. Besides, Medicated Bath is also helpful to deal with muscle cramps caused by poor blood circulation.

3. If you are suffering from potassium deficiency, you are suggested to take a specific diet which should be based on your own conditions.

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