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Joint Pain in Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)

2013-08-26 17:17

Joint Pain in Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)Some patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) may complain that they often suffer from joint pain.In serious case, extreme joint pain even can affect their life quality and interfere with their normal life. How does joint pain occur and how to deal with it in CKD?

Causes of joint pain in CKD

The prime culprit of joint pain in CKD is high levels of uric acid. Uric acid is the byproduct of purine and it is normally filtered out of body by kidneys. In right condition, the levels of uric acid keep at a constant level in body. However, when kidneys fail to work properly,uric acid will not be removed by kidneys adequately,thus resulting in high levels of uric acid in body. Over time, the uric acid will form crystals. If the crystal deposits in joints, it can cause inflammation in the affected part, thus resulting in arthritis.

In addition, joint pain may be one sign of bone disease in CKD. Bone disease is a common complication of CKD. As the kidneys are impaired, they will to remove phosphorus from body. If the level of phosphorus in blood is too high, it will pull calcium out of bone to balance the levels of calcium and phosphorus in body. As a result, bone disease will occur. Joint pain can become present among patients with bone disease.

How to manage joint pain in CKD?

To manage joint pain in CKD, the first thing is to find out the specific cause in your case. If you have no idea about it, consult with our online doctor now!

If joint pain in CKD is related to high level of uric acid, the major goal of treatment is to lower the level of uric acid. Firstly, it is important to avoid the foods which contain high levels of purine. Secondly, control the factors which can elevate uric acid level like Diabetes, obesity etc. Email to kidneycares@hotmail.com  and get to know what factors can raise your uric acid level.

In the case of bone disease, calcium supplement can help. Meanwhile, the patients should cut down foods high in phosphorus. Moreover, some medications will be prescribed to control the bone problem.

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