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Can Dialysis Cause Extreme Fatigue

2015-05-10 06:58

Can Dialysis Cause Extreme FatigueCan dialysis cause extreme fatigue? Yes, it can. Fatigue is a debilitating symptom or side effect experienced by many patients on long-term dialysis. Well, what factors are contributing to extreme fatigue in dialysis?

1. Anemia and fatigue in dialysis

Anemia resulting from reduced erythropoietin production has been cited as an important contributor to fatigue in dialysis patients.

2. Sleep disorder and fatigue

Dialysis patients have high rates of sleep apnea, insomnia, restless leg syndrome and excessive daytime sleepiness. These can affect sleep quality and vitality.

3. Depression and fatigue

Depression and fatigue are closely interrelated and depression may manifest as feelings of tiredness and lack of energy. Depression has also been shown to correlate strongly with overall symptom burden and severity including fatigue in dialysis patients.

4. Uremia stage and fatigue

Uremia may lead to protein and energy malnutrition, nausea, loss of appetite which can all lead to fatigue. The treatment of uremia by dialysis may also influence fatigue, as the mode and frequency of dialysis are associated with fatigue.

Besides fatigue, dialysis can still cause many discomforts like muscle cramp, low blood pressure and infection. Therefore, the patients are eager to find alternative treatment. If the renal function can be improved, dialysis will not be required. First, we need to set up a good inter-environment for repairing kidney damage. Thus, we use Blood Cleaning and Detoxifying Therapy to remove wastes and toxins out of the body to purify the blood. Second, Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy is recommended and has the functions of dilating blood vessels, preventing inflammation and coagulation, degrading extracellular matrix and providing nutrients for damaged kidneys. After a period of treatment, kidney damage can be repaired to some extent. More importantly, kidney function will be improved. Under such a condition, it is possible to get rid of dialysis and its side effects.

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