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Restless Leg Syndrome in Chronic Kidney Failure with Burning Sensation

2014-01-29 11:12

Restless Leg Syndrome in Chronic Kidney Failure with Burning SensationRestless leg syndrome is a common complication of chronic kidney failure. It can make the patients feel very uncomfortable like burning sensation, itchy feeling etc.

What is restless leg syndrome?

Restless leg syndrome is a condition in which the legs feel very uncomfortable and the legs are compelled to remove. The patients may feel creepy or crawling feeling in their legs. In some cases, they may feel burning or itchy.

Causes of restless leg syndrome in Chronic Kidney Failure

Restless leg syndrome in chronic kidney failure can be attributed to a number of causes.

Diabetes: Diabetes is a common cause of chronic kidney failure and can be a possible cause of restless leg syndrome. Long-term high blood glucose level can influence the small blood vessels and nerves in legs.

Low levels of iron and EPO: A restricted diet is the main cause of low levels of iron. Healthy kidneys can produce EPO, a hormone which can stimulate the bone marrow to produce red blood cells. However, in chronic kidney failure, the diseased kidneys fail to produce enough EPO.

Decreased level of PTH: Lower level of PTH also can contribute to restless leg syndrome in chronic kidney failure. While increased level of PTH is commonly seen in chronic kidney failure, some patients may experience lower level of PTH. Firstly, it is due to suppression of parathyroid glands with medicines. Secondly, some drugs mainly psychopathic drugs also can lower the levels of PTH.

Treatment for restless leg syndrome in Chronic Kidney Failure

The first step is to get a clear diagnosis to find its specific cause. EPO, iron supplement and PTH level adjustment often help. If it is related to psychopathic drugs, the drugs should be changed.

Meanwhile, some home remedies also can help relieve the condition mainly including massage, warm bath, cold and hot compresses and exercise.

However, the underlying cause of restless leg syndrome in chronic kidney failure is kidney damage and reduced renal function. To control the condition fundamentally, the patients should have a treatment to enhance renal function. Micro-Chinese Medicines Osmotherapy is the recommended treatment for the patients.

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