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Why Do Dialysis Patients Have Cramps

Why Do Dialysis Patients Have CrampsAs many of you have experienced, muscle cramps are a common complications during dialysis treatments. Patients often experience cramps in the lower extremities, but they can occur in the hands, arms and abdominal muscles as well. Well, why do dialysis patients have cramps?

Multiple causes can lead to cramps in dialysis patients, including volume contraction, low blood sodium concentration, low body magnesium and carnitine deficiency. In terms of volume contraction, both getting below your dry weight, as well as rapid removal of large volumes can cause cramps. And low concentrations of sodium in dialysis bath can also cause cramps by lowering your blood sodium concentration.

The following are some treatments to help you prevent cramps:

1. Minimize weight gains between dialysis

Restrict your fluids. The more you take in, the more we have to take off to get to your dry weight. The more taken off, the more likely you will get cramps.

2. Have a proper dry weight

If your blood pressure is low, you have no edema and you are cramping, you need to have your dry weight increased.

3. Carnitine pills

If your carnitine level is low, you will be given carnitine pills, which can prevent cramps.

4. Quinine sulfate

One small study showed a benefit of quinine taken at the beginning of dialysis to prevent cramps.

5. Chinese medicine treatments

The radical treatment for cramps is to take Chinese medicine treatments to repair injured kidney tissues and improve renal function. We have a systematic Chinese medicine treatments including Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy, Medicated Bath, Medicated Foot Bath, Medicinal Soup, Moxibustion Therapy, Enema Therapy and Steaming Therapy, etc. They first purify your blood via removing toxins and wastes from your blood and kidney cells. After blood is purified, Chinese medicines can improve your renal function gradually through dilating blood vessels, improving blood circulation, preventing inflammation and coagulation, degrading extracellular matrix and providing nutrients. In this way, it is possible for you to get rid of dialysis. Without dialysis, you will not have cramps and other complications.

The above gives you causes and treatments of cramps in dialysis. If you still have any question, you can leave a message below or consult our online doctor directly.

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