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How to Get Relief from Cramping in Ankles and Feet on Hemodialysis


2013-11-15 10:48

How to Get Relief from Cramping in Ankles and Feet on HemodialysisCramping in ankles and feet is very common for patients on hemodialysis. It is so painful that the dialysis session is usually terminated earlier than planned, leading to under-dialysis of the patients. For a long-term health, this practice should be avoided. Therefore, how to get relief from cramping in ankles and feet on hemodialysis?

What causes cramping in ankles and feet on hemodialysis

The exact cause is not known. Some of the reasons are:

-Low blood pressure. It results from too much fluid removing out of your body.

-The patient being below dry weight.

-Use of low sodium dialysis solution.

-Changes in electrolyte-water balance.

-Low levels of sodium.

-Inadequate oxygen

-Low magnesium in blood

Treatment to relieve cramping in ankles and feet on hemodialysis

Let a dialysis team member know it when you are cramping. Treatment for cramping varies from person to person. There lists some of them, if you would like more, leave us a message and we will reply you soon.

-If you have a low blood pressure, the staff may give saline or glucose . This will increase the fluid in your body and cramping may be relieved.

-For chronic cramps, Quinine, Carnitine, or another medication are often prescribed.

-Short-term treatment with vitamin E is a safe and effective treatment for patients suffering from crams during and after dialysis.

-Massage of the affected muscle and the application of moist heat may provide some comfort.

Ways to avoid cramping in ankles and feet on hemodialysis

-Try a program of gentle stretching exercise targeted at the muscles which is easily to cramp during dialysis or perform mile exercise such as riding a stationary bicycle during dialysis or prior to bedtime.

-Restrict your fluid and sodium intake. So removal of fluids will be less and more tolerable. The way to control liquid intake is to cut salt i.e. no cured meat, salami, pickles, etc.

-Keep bed covers loose and do not tuck in.

Hope the above methods can help you get rid of cramps.


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