PKD patients may suffer from severe leg cramp. It can keep them awake in the night, which will seriously affect their quality of sleep. How to prevent severe leg cramp with PKD?
What causes leg cramp with PKD?
Now let’s have a look at what causes leg cramp with PKD firstly. It is helpful for us to find the specific ways to prevent leg cramp.
PKD is an inhered kidney disease which is characterized by the presence of multiple cysts in the kidneys. Kidney is responsible for regulating the balance of calcium and phosphorus. Once the kidney function declines with the enlargement of cysts, the reabsorption to calcium will reduce, resulting in low blood calcium. This can lead to leg cramp.
Acidosis may be also related to leg cramp. Because kidneys are unable to discharge acidic materials from the body, if these acidic materials builds up in the leg muscles, it can contribute to leg cramp.
-Vitamin D deficiencies
Vitamin D deficiencies may give rise to leg cramp as well. Because vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium.
How to prevent severe leg cramp with PKD?
-To do some stretching exercise targeted at the leg. But avoid stretching your abdomen, which may cause kidney cysts rupture.
-Decrease the intake of phosphorus and increase the intake of calcium. Food that contains high calcium: milk, tofu, rape, celery, bone etc. Avoid food that contains high phosphorus such as nuts, cheese, seafood, animal viscera, etc.
-Proper supplement of vitamin D. Fresh vegetables and fruits are rich in vitamins. It does not only conduce to prevent leg cramp, but also improve immune system to protect you from various disease.
To prevent severe leg cramp thoroughly, you should regain the kidney’s function to regulate the electrolyte balance. Because kidney impairment is due to kidney cysts, to shrink them is what we should do. Some Chinese herbs such as dandelion root, cranberry, hydrangea, uva ursi, can be used to treat kidney cysts. For more information, you can contact us.