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Does Kidney Failure Cause Joint Pain


2013-08-27 14:02

Does Kidney Failure Cause Joint PainJoint pain is a common complaint for people with kidney failure. It is a very painful disease and even can affect the patients’ mobility. In serious conditions, the patients even can not walk. Why do patients with kidney failure get joint pain?

Causes of joint pain in Kidney Failure

Uric acid comes from the breakdown of purines which are found in both our diets and bodies. Uric acid normally dissolves in the blood, processes through the kidney, and leaves the body in the urine. In kidney failure, as the kidneys cannot clear enough of it, then excessive uric acid will build up in body. If the levels of uric acid in body become too high, it will lead to a condition called hyperuricemia.

If hyperuricemia continues for a long time, crystals may form and cause gout. Gout is the direct cause of joint pain in some cases of kidney failure.

In addition, some health problems such as obesity, hypertension, high blood sugar, and high cholesterol also can increase the building up of uric acid in body and the development of gout.

Another cause of joint pain is renal osteopathy. Kidneys can keep the bone healthy because they can produce calcitriol from vitamin D. However, the diseased kidneys fail to work normally, resulting in a drop in the production of calcitriol. The body then cannot absorb calcium from food, leading to increased PTH levels. Both decreased absorption of calcium from food and PTH drawing calcium from bones can contribute to bone disease. Bone disease may lead to joint pain.

How to treat joint pain in kidney failure?

If joint pain is associated with joint pain, the patients should reduce the intake of foods that contribute most to gout include: red meat, organ meat, seafood, beer, liquor, and sugar-sweetened items, especially with high fructose corn syrup. Effective control of the risk factors like obesity, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and high cholesterol.

In the cases of joint pain caused by bone disease, the patients should increase the vitamin D supplement and avoid foods high in phosphorus.

However, the underlying cause of joint pain in kidney failure is the reduced renal function.To control this condition completely and fundamentally,the treatment should focus on restoring the impaired kidney structure and improving the excretory ability of the kidneys. How to get this treatment goal? Chat with our online doctor directly now!




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