Dialysis

Dialysis is the most commonly used kidney replacement treatment for end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients. It cannot cure uremia, but it can help patients with disabled kidneys to maintain life. Can dialysis cause chronic pain?

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Can Dialysis Cause Chronic Pain

2018-07-28 03:30

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Dialysis is the most commonly used kidney replacement treatment for end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients. It cannot cure uremia, but it can help patients with disabled kidneys to maintain life. However, hemodialysis also has its own disadvantages, for example, it may cause many complications, among which chronic pain is very common, and it also adds a lot of psychological burden onto patients. Therefore, it is particularly important to effectively control chronic pain and improve the quality of life of dialysis patients.

Why do dialysis patients often have chronic pain?

-Various complications cause chronic pain. Although dialysis maintains life, there are also potential systemic diseases and pain syndromes, such as limb ischemia and neuropathy.

-Chronic kidney disease itself can also induce chronic pain, such as renal osteodystrophy;

-Primary kidney disease itself, such as PKD;

-Dialysis also produces pain. A large number of patients will experience pain in dialysis, with varying degrees of pain and different locations. Joint muscle pain, backache, headache and so on are commonly to see.

-Chronic infection. For example, osteomyelitis and intervertebral disc inflammation are complications in dialysis.

-Puncture factors. The Angle, speed, direction and different puncture methods of the renal biopsy will affect the severity of the pain.

-Depression, insomnia and chronic stress can also cause pain. Studies have found that hemodialysis patients and their feelings of pain are associated with greater difficulties in depression, anxiety and insomnia. Many patients give up dialysis because of pain.

How to alleviate the pain of dialysis patients?

-The most commonly used treatment is pain killer. According to the popular "three-step pain relief method", the first step is from mild to moderate pain. It is recommended that dialysis patients choose acetaminophen, non-narcotic analgesic drug, as the first choice. The second step is moderate to severe pain. Mild opium can be used. If not under control or worse, take the third step and use hydromorphine ketone, a slightly stronger opium.

-Mindfulness therapy. Expectation and confidence can affect the activation of certain brain circuits. Before giving the drug, patients are told that the drug has a powerful analgesic effect. Even though this drug is only sugar, some patients may feel great relief on pain. Mindfulness therapy can help with depression and insomnia. Listening to music, relaxing exercise, and recreational activities are all good for create a good relaxation environment for patients.

Regardless of the length of dialysis, most patients will experience varying degrees of pain, seriously affecting their quality of life. It requires the joint efforts of our medical staff and patients' families to minimize the physical and psychological pain of patients so that they can live a high quality life. In Beijing Tongshantang Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, we can help you repair kidney damage and promote renal function so as to reduce dialysis or even get rid of dialysis. For more information on our hospital and our treatment, please leave a message below or contact online doctor.

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