The Link Between Neuropathy and Kidney Disease

May 10, 2019

For those living with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), there can be a slew of other complications that come along with it. One of those being neuropathy, more commonly known as peripheral neuropathy. Here’s what you need to know about risk factors, treatment options, and more:


What is Peripheral Neuropathy?

When damage occurs to your peripheral nerves, weakness, numbness, and pain can occur. Though it's most commonly spotted in the hands and feet, it can also affect other areas of the body. Medications, dialysis and more have all been known to help ease pain and weakness.

Why Does Chronic Kidney Disease Increase your Chance of Neuropathy?

When your kidneys are not functioning as they should, it often leads to an imbalance of salts and chemicals. This imbalance can increase your chances of damage to the peripheral nerve, leading to neuropathy.

What are The Symptoms?

Gradual numbness, sensitivity to touch, and muscles weakness are just a few symptoms of CKD. The best prevention is to manage the underlying disease. By sticking to a healthy diet, keeping your blood sugar at a normal level, and exercising regularly, you can help stop the progression of neuropathy and CKD.

For those who do develop chronic kidney disease, or believe they might have the start of neuropathy, there a several good treatment options (including dialysis) that can help you live a longer, healthier, and happier life. Learn more about your options on our website.

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