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Restless Leg And Kidney Failure

2012-10-27 17:34

Many kidney failure patients complain restless leg. This article helps explain why patients with kidney failure feel this symptoms and how to manage it.

Restless leg syndrome is a disorder, in which the patients feel an uncomfortable sensation in the legs and are compelled to move them. This syndrome usually occurs along with painful sensation, burning sensation and pricking.

Here are several possible causes for restless leg in Kidney Failure patients.

Increased PTH can increase the patients' risk of developing bone diseases. Therefore, they are usually prescribed medications to control its level tightly. Some researches show that a common trait among patients with restless leg syndrome is that they have low PTH levels.

Healthy kidneys can produce EPO, which is a hormone that helps make red blood cells. However, in Chronic Renal Failure, the malfunctioned kidneys only make little or produce no EPO at all. With low iron levels and fewer red blood cells being made, anemia commonly develop in Chronic Renal Failure.

Diabetes can contribute to restless leg syndrome. Diabetes can damage nerves and tiny blood vessels, thus resulting in the disorder. If the patients have a tight control of blood glucose level, the uncomfortable sensations will be relieved.

Recommended Management

After the patients discuss the problem with their doctor, the doctors will firstly make a diagnosis to find out the specific causes. Usually, the following treatment methods are adopted, including: massage, EPO injection, altering PTH treatment, iron supplement, warm baths etc.

The above treatment methods can relieve the symptoms and discomforts. However, as restless leg syndrome results from impaired kidney function. The primary goal of the therapy should aim to restore the impaired kidney structure and recover its secretory and excretory function. Once the kidneys are restored very well, the relative symptoms and discomforts related to Chronic Renal Failure will disappear gradually.

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