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Shortness of Breath on Dialysis:Cause and Treatment

2013-07-05 16:06

Shortness of Breath on Dialysis, dialysisNo matter which type of dialysis is, some patients on dialysis may suffer from shortness of breath, which can bring a certain uneasiness and fear for patients. Here we will see the possible cause and treatment of shortness of breath on dialysis.

For people in the later stage of Chronic Kidney Disease, these normal amounts of fluid may cause problems. Too much fluid can build up in the body and be dangerous. The goal of fluid restriction is to help patients feel comfortable before, during and after dialysis sessions. Even though dialysis remove excess fluid and wastes out of body, it is not as effective as healthy kidneys. The build up of too much fluid causes swelling and increase blood pressure, which makes the heart work harder. Too much fluid can even build up in the lungs, making it difficult for patients to breath, which becomes a possible reason of shortness of breath on dialysis.

In order to avoid shortness of breath on dialysis, patients should keep a reasonable fluid restriction. However, the fluid restriction may vary for each individual patient. Factors such as weight gain between dialysis, urine output and swelling are considered. You can send us more about your condition to kidney-support@hotmail.com, our experts can give you some free and professional advices about the fluid restriction.

In addition to shortness of breath on dialysis, patients are likely to experience some other complications like headaches, chest pain, low blood pressure, itching, nausea, vomiting, leg crams, etc. And this will become a reason for some dialysis patients to decide to stop dialysis.

Actually dialysis is unable to treat any kinds of kidney diseases. After a period of dialysis, decreased urine output will be noticed, which indicates the continue loss of kidney function. However, if they still have some certain urine output, the frequency of dialysis will be reduced with the recovery of kidney function. And dialysis can even be stopped if a more obvious treatment effect can be achieved. Nowadays, such a treatment which helps kidney disease patients recover kidney function has come into being. And we hope every dialysis patients could get rid of dialysis one day.

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