bone pain


sometime the delicate balance of calcium and phosphorus in a dialysis patient gets out of whack resulting in calcium being drawn out of the patient’s bones and this can result in bone pain.  Usually it has to do with forgetting to take calcium carbonate immediately after meals and snacks.  The calcium carbonate chemically bonds with the phosphorus and can be removed by dialysis.  The other problematic element is potassium.  The main trick is to avoid eating foods rich in potassium or phosphorus.   Oddly enough my bone pain arrived after one bad month according to my monthly blood work.  I had been doing really very well in my blood tests for at least 8 minths.  The nephrologist used words like “great” and “excellent”.  The bone pain for me is focused on the front and top of my hips.  Initially it was very painful to walk.  It has eased somewhat and now walking is easier.  The solution is the parathyroidectomy scheduled for the end of this month.  A month following that surgery the bone pain should be gone.

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Author: William J. Gibson

62 year old - writer/photographer Canadian, survived open heart surgery, received kidney transplant, sometimes dour, sometimes amusing, over six feet in height, severely follicle challemged

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