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Leg Swelling and Pain in Stage 4 Chronic Kidney Failure

2013-09-20 18:11

Leg Swelling and Pain in Stage 4 Chronic Kidney FailureMy mother in Stage 4 Chronic Kidney Failure have leg swelling and pain. Also, her creatinine level is around 8mg/dl. The pain has even affected her ability to walk. Can you tell me the causes and treatment of leg swelling and pain in Stage 4 Chronic Kidney Failure?

Today, kidney experts at kidneyabc community are here to give out the answer step by step:

Causes of this symptom

Even though patients in stage can still live without dialysis, their kidneys have been damaged so severely that are unable to do their work as effeciently as before. With the progress of patients’ kidney disease, several conditions may appear to cause leg swelling and pain:

1. The decline of glomerular filtration rate (GFR): This case is common in glomerulonephritis in which GFR declines but renal tubules can still reabsorb fluid and sodium well. This leads fluid and sodium to retain many regions as well as leg.

2. Low plasma colloid osmotic pressure: It usually occurs along with serious proteinuria. A heavy loss of protein causes the decline of plasma protein level, thus resulting in low plasma colloid osmotic pressure.

3. The complication of diabetes: A diabetic with Stage 4 Chronic Kidney Failure may suffer from diabetic neuropathy. This is more likely to lead to numbness in legs and feet. As a result, it may cause swelling and pain.

How to treat leg swelling and pain in Stage 4 Chronic Kidney Failure?

The effective treatment should depend on the root causes, so we give some suggestions in accord with the above causes:

1. Limit the intake of salt and fluid: Since fluid and sodium retention is the direct cause of swelling, make sure you don’t drink excess water and develop a low-sodium diet or salt free diet.

2. Supplement correct amount of protein: If patients lose too much protein, high-quality protein intake can help increase plasma colloid osmotic pressure so as to reduce fluid and sodium retention. Please, rememeber to takin in high-quality protein.

3. Medicated bath: In this method, some herbs are put into your bath water, so the active ingredients of herbs can permeate your body via skin. With the effects of dilating blood vessels, boosting blood circulation, anti-coagulation and anti-inflammation, medicated bath can help boost patients’ immunity, ease diabetic neuropathy and alleviate swelling and pain in leg.


The above treatments can help ease leg swelling and pain large for people with Stage 4 Chronic Kidney Failure, but they may do little to improve your kidney function and repair damaged kidney cells. If you want to reverse your illness condition radically, a treatment that can repair damaged kidney cells should also be sought. Any question about Stage 4 Chronic Kidney Failure, you can leave a message below. 

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