Dialysis is a life-saving method for ESRD (End Stage Renal Disease) patient. However, this treatment cannot replace kidney function completely. Therefore, some patients even experience fluid retention. What can you do to deal with excess fluid accumulation between dialysis sessions.
Determining fluid restriction
This is the first step for controlling fluid intake. Specific restriction may vary for each individual patient. How much fluid intake is based on your body weight and urine output.
If you’re on hemodialysis, your weight is recorded before and after your dialysis session. If you’re on PD (peritoneal dialysis), your nurse will have you record your weight every day. Sudden weight gain may mean you are drinking too much fluid. Your dietitian will coach you on individual goals for your fluid intake.
You fluid intake not just refers to waster, but have many forms such as juices, porridge and some beverages, etc. All of them should be taken into consideration.
Taking strong or long term exercise may always make you thirsty and sweat a lot. Let your doctor or healhcare team know you exercise plan, and they will help you decide how much fluid you can take.
If you have severe swelling, you doctor may also prescribe you some diuretics to increase urine output. However, you cannot depend on these medicines because they may damage your kidneys.
To deal with fluid accumulation in dialysis, you should find treatment to improve kidney function so the excess fluid can be excreted by kidneys naturally.
In that case, you may as well try our natural medicines and therapies, such as Maikang Composition, Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy, Foot Bath and Medicated Bath, etc. You can send your test report to us, and our doctors can analyze it and give you some guidance. The online consultation service is for free.