Dialysis and Hand Cramps

While looking at the search terms that led people to this site, I found this:

“hand cramp vulcan live long and prosper”

I laughed out loud at that one because I have the same problem occasionally.  My hand/s will cramp right between the two middle fingers making it appear I am showing the Vulcan “Live Long and Prosper” hand sign.  I didn’t think others would have this happen but when I saw that search phrase, I knew there are other “vulcans” out there.  So, to my “vulcan” friends, I say, “Live Long and Prosper!”


About DevonTexas

I am a person with ESRD (End Stage Renal Disease) which means my kidneys don't work. Forty or so years ago that would have been a death sentence but today there is Dialysis which means I could be hooked up to a machine that would clean my blood as the kidneys should. Three days a week, I went to a dialysis center and had too very large needles stuck in my arm to remove and replace my blood as it passed through a process where it was cleaned and the fluid was removed, a process taking a little over four hours each time. In November 2017, I received a kidney transplant from a deceased donor. My life went into overdrive. With a "new" functioning kidney, I no longer had to go to a dialysis center and my days were not open to be lived rather than recovering from dialysis which meant dialyzing for three days and resting for 4 days a week. I work full-time and often 50 hours per week. It is something I never imagined. I highly recommend it! HeeHee I want to advance knowledge about dialysis and transplant so that others can learn from my experience and mistakes. We shouldn't have to reinvent the wheel, eh? There is so much to be learned and experienced about our predicament. There are vast resources available to support us and enrich our lives but many patients don't know about them. There are also many issues that we have to deal with whether we want to or not. So I blog about them in www.DevonTexas.com All comments are confidential until I approve them. If you don't want your comment public, let me know and I will respect that. So, feel free to leave a comment. I also blog in LegacyTales in WordPress if you are interested in the ramblings of a Old Man. Give a peek and let me know what you think. https://legacytales.wordpress.com/ Enjoy.
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3 Responses to Dialysis and Hand Cramps

  1. david says:

    cramps happen after 2-2 1/2 hours,must get md and nurses to explain bicarbonate levels,effect on blood pressure(low),heart attack dangers,granuflo recall june 2012 friend died on dialysis taking off 4500 units keep units below 3500 serious bussiness

    • DevonTexas says:

      You’ve got the right idea. Cramping and the amount of fluid being removed go hand-in-hand. Coming in heavy with too much fluid means more has be removed. The more that’s removed in a typical 3-4 hour session means that the body must endure the suddenness of losing all the fluid. It depletes the muscles of fluid and results in cramps. One way to avoid cramps is controlling fluids between sessions.

  2. Andy says:

    No idea why but this has started happening to me. Seems to be a combination of cold and repetitive activity.

    Any way …. live long and prosper.

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