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Why Do FSGS Patients Have Leg Cramp

Time:  2014-02-26 01:46

Why Do FSGS Patients Have Leg CrampFSGS(Focal Segmental Glomerulous Sclerosis) is a kind of kidney disease which can cause a series of symptoms. Leg cramp is one of them. It can make them feel extremely painful and could not sleep well at night. Then why do FSGS patients have leg cramp?

Causes of leg cramp in patients with FSGS are mainly attributable to the following causes:

A. Low blood calcium

In FSGS,the diseased kidneys can not keep the balance of calcium and phosphorus and they fail to excrete the phosphorus from body adequately. High levels of phosphorus in blood can lower the levels of blood calcium. Low levels of calcium can cause increased muscle irritability. This results in muscle cramping and patients will often describe a feeling of pins and needles in their extremities.

B. High potassium level

Potassium is a major electrolyte that affects the excitability of nerve and muscle cells. High levels of potassium in blood will stimulate the activity of blood cells.

C. Side effects of steroids

Steroids is used commonly to treat FSGS. But with long time use, it will bring side effect to people, in which leg cramp occurs. Steroids can also cause calcium loss from bone and restrain the absorption of calcium from what they eat.

Treatments for leg cramp with FSGS

※ FSGS patients are suggested to reduce, if possible to stop diuretics, which can cause the loss of calcium and other nutritions in the blood.

※ It is a wise choice for FSGS patients to keep a low potassium diet. In this way, the level of potassium in blood will be reduced to rise calcium level.

※ If your leg cramp is caused by the side effect of steroids, consult your doctor and reduce the dose of this medicine. This will help relieve the condition of leg cramp even go away from it.

Why do FSGS patients have leg cramp? You must find the cause of this symptom and take steps to deal with it. Discover health, rediscover vitality. We will always be here to help you. Any question? Email us chinesemedicinekidney@hotmail.com or leave us a message below.   

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