Restless leg is not a definite symptom of kidney disease. However, there is a link between them. There is a medical name of this discomforts: Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS). Restless leg generally occurs among individuals suffering from end-stage kidney disease, especially those who are dependent upon dialysis.
Causes of restless legs with kidney disease
Damaged kidneys cannot produce enough EPO (erythropoietin), which is involved in the generation of red blood cells. Due to lack of red blood cells, anemia occurs. Anemia may lead to restless leg.
If so, your doctor will prescribe medication. While the direct cause of restless leg is not certain, it is believed that treatment of EPO injection still treat restless leg.
2. Iron deficiency
People with kidney disease may have their digestive tract damaged, thus they have poor appetite, nausea and vomiting. On this condition, they are likely to have iron deficiency. Iron supplements can help relieve that condition.
3. Low parathyroid hormone levels
More recently studies have shown that restless leg may be associated with low levels of parathyroid hormone (PTH). Because people with kidney disease are at risk for bone disease, their doctor monitor their PTH level to make sure it isn’t too high.
4. Side effects of medicines
Some anti-depressants, cold and cough medications or anti-seizure drugs that may be causing or enhancing restless legs.
How to treat restless leg in kidney disease?
Except the treatment conducted by your doctor, there are some home remedies to help you such as:
2. Warm baths
3. Warm/cool compresses
4. Relaxation techniques
5. Changes to your sleep environment
Restless leg is a medical condition and can be treated. No matter what symptoms in kidney disease, the key to solve the problem is to repair damaged intrinsic renal cells so as to improve kidney function. Please do not hesitate to ask help from us. We will give you free service as you can feel your best.