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  • JuniorS13
    started a topic Muscle cramps

    Muscle cramps

    Can anyone give me some tips for dealing with severe cramping during and after dialysis? It is so severe that I have a hard time coping. The dr.s and staff are nice but I have not had any success.

  • Elaineec2016
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    What’s up with that eating a pickle advice? Pickles are salty so I guess it’s helping hold back some fluid? But I’m guessing - anyone know the chemistry?

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  • dsmachemer
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    Like everyone says your dry weight is too low causing your cramping. I have been dialysis for almost 3 and 1/2 years and I have found that keeping your dry weight reasonable and as much stretching as possible between treatments it greatly reduces for me.

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  • maggie59
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    I cramp really bad if they take too much fluid off. Controlling fluid intake makes a difference but I also spoke up and was adamant that they were taking too much off. The doctor had told them to "push my limits" and I was cramping so bad I was moving and causing the needles to move which hurt and caused bleeding and bruising. Speak up. I also have several tricks I use. Go to a local large animal supply Tractor Supply here. Purchase rolls of Vet Wrap. It is rolls of large self adhesive wide wrap. My husband helps me wrap my ankles or calves or arms. It really helps. My tech told me to eat half a dill pickle and that helps as well. I also use Thera Worx. A foam ointment. That helps too.

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  • maggie59
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    I have found something called Vet Wrap at our local Tractor Supply in the horse section. It is in expensive and I have my husband help wrap what ever limb is cramping. It helps also Theraworx from the drug store or Walmart helps.

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  • larry1942
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    Hi Junior: I apply stoppain roller gel about 1-2 hours before I go to Dialysis and it works for me. I apply it on my calfs, thighs, ankles and legs.You can purchase this item at any Walmart store.. I hope it works for you.

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  • AshMob89
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    Oh, and I stay away from potassium. I haven't had a banana in 7 years. I've been on dialysis for over 8 years.

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  • AshMob89
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    I just cut back on my sodium intake, gained less fluid between treatments and got my dry weight goal perfect for me, so they don't pull too much fluid, causing me to cramp.

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  • giron1042
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    2 main problems, salt and water. Reduce salt and that will automatically reduce water consumption. Check potassium levels also, potassium reduces cramps, but do not over do it.

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  • dac0214
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    Originally posted by MitchsLaLa View Post
    I believe too much fluid taken out or too quickly. I keep TUMS by my side. I've found that Diet Tonic water also works.

    Keep in mind that it's quinine in tonic water that stops cramps; not all tonic waters these days have it.

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  • MitchsLaLa
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    I believe too much fluid taken out or too quickly. I keep TUMS by my side. I've found that Diet Tonic water also works.

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  • Olmanrivah
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    Originally posted by JuniorS13 View Post
    Can anyone give me some tips for dealing with severe cramping during and after dialysis? It is so severe that I have a hard time coping. The dr.s and staff are nice but I have not had any success.
    It's really quite simple. Insist they raise your dry weight until cramping stops. I did .5 at a time until it stopped. You can always lower it later to fine tune it.

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  • DonnaKane77
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    my doctor told me to eat dill pick pickles during dialysis. that simple trick saved my life.

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  • stumpr54
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    Hello paulettebarron,

    I experience lower leg cramps at night, especially when conducting a nocturnal HHD treatment. Even though I remove a limited amount of fluid per hour and per treatment, I am still prone to cramping in the area around the front and sides of lower leg, but not as frequently in the calve area. I will occassionally get cramps in the thighs, which are mercilous and require screaming into a pillow. I've also experienced cramping in the feet and ankles. I have noticed that excercise earlier in the day that can be limited to just brisk walking can trigger leg cramps later that night. Eating foods that tend to absorb a good deal of water, e.g. cereals, pastas and rice, can also trigger night cramps in the legs.

    During most treatments, I am drinking ice water, and I find this helps prevent or resolve the cramping - though not immediately. During sleep you are naturally dehydrating yourself via breathing and not replacing that fluid loss by drinking as you would be during the day. I find that I am far better off drinking fluids before bed and through the night (when I wake up parched) and then having to get up an urinate than I would be getting awakened by painful leg cramps and trying to resolve those.

    If you are drinking caffeinated beverages during the day, you are dehydrating yourself, as caffeine has diuretic properties. The same can be said for any alcoholic beverages. You think you are replenishing fluids with these beverages but you are stealing fluid as well. At the suggestion of my nephrologist I am taking a Calcium/Magnesium supplement to ease or reduce cramping but with all the variables associated with hemodialysis, it's hard to tell if I am getting any benefit. I got leg cramps at night before I started dialysis, usually the product of dehydration and exercise earlier in the day.

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  • paulettebarron
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    I seem to have the worst leg and foot cramps at night even if I did not have any during dialysis. These cramps are severe and wake me up.I have to get up and try to move around until they calm down. I try to go back to sleep and they start again.Do any of you suffer with this problem. Why, and what do you do about it.

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