CKD Stage 4 Symptoms

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is divided into 5 stages in clinic, according to the glomerular filtration rate (GFR). When GFR declines, many symptoms occur. Fatigue has been a prevalent symptom in Chronic Kidney Disease. Many patients may ig

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Why I Feel Tired With CKD Stage 4

2014-07-16 07:04

Why I Feel Tired With CKD Stage 4Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is divided into 5 stages in clinic, according to the glomerular filtration rate (GFR). When GFR declines, many symptoms occur. Fatigue has been a prevalent symptom in Chronic Kidney Disease. Many patients may ignore it because it is so common even in healthy people due to over-time work emotional stress. Then, why CKD stage 4 patients feel tired?

Why do I feel tired with CKD Stage 4?

The major cause of fatigue in stage 4 CKD patients is Anemia. In stage four Chronic Kidney Disease, the GFR ranges from 15ml/min to 30ml/min, resulting in deposition of waste and toxins in the body. Those useless substances will damage the kidneys and other tissues. Damaged kidneys cannot produce enough erythropoietin (EPO), which is very important for the generation of red blood cells. Due to lack of red blood cells, a shortage of oxygen occurs in the brain. Therefore, patients will feel tired. The other symptoms of anemia may include headaches, pale skin, difficulty breathing, feeling cold, dizziness etc.

In addition, poor appetite in stage 4 CKD will cause tiredness as well. The advanced kidney disease will affect other organs. When gastrointestinal tract is damaged, patients will have poor appetite, nauseas, vomiting or diarrhea. As a result, people cannot get enough energy from what they take, so they always feel tired.

How can I get rid of frequent tiredness in stage 4 CKD?

As mentioned above, anemia is the major cause of tiredness and damaged kidney is the cause of anemia. Therefore, improve kidney function is the way to get rid of tiredness in stage 4 CKD. Firstly, patients should control the symptoms if they are severe. Meanwhile, take Chinese medicines to improve kidney functions. Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy, Hot Compress Therapy, and Medicated Bath are all based on traditional Chinese medicines and are performed externally. Therefore, those therapies are natural remedies. Improving kidney function can also increase appetite.

Apart from medication, patients can also improve anemia by EPO and iron supplements. Taking foods that contain rich iron is helpful.

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