Dialysis, another name is “artificial kidney”, is a treatment for kidney failure patients. It works by replacing the kidney to filter wastes and toxins in the body. Dialysis indeed can prolong the patients life, but it can also hurt them due to some side effects. Have you been taken too much fluid during dialysis? Well then, you will see such signs as:
1. low blood pressure
Low blood pressure (also called hypotension) is the most common side effect of hemodialysis. Low blood pressure occurs when too much fluid is removed from the blood during hemodialysis. Why? You can imaging that when the water in bottle reduces, the pressure inside the bottle will becomes lower than the outside. Similarly, when too much fluid is removed from the blood, the plasma osmotic pressure will decline. Therefore, patients will experience hypotension, and sometime they have nausea and dizziness, as well.
Letting a dialysis team member know about this issue is highly recommended. The dialysis machine can be programmed so that the right amount of fluid is removed.
2. Muscle cramps
The exact cause of muscle cramps can vary from patient to patient. Sometimes when fluid is taken out of the body at a fast rate during dialysis or too much fluid is removed, the muscles react by cramping. A patient should alert a healthcare team member as soon as a cramp happens to get help in alleviating the discomfort. A doctor may be able to recommend some remedies if muscle cramps are making dialysis treatment uncomfortable.
In order to prevent too much fluids from being too much, you should keep a healthy diet, including not eat salty foods and not drinking alcohol. That will make you always feel thirsty, so you will drink more water, which is bad for you during dialysis. Then, if you have any signs listed above, tell you doctor immediately and they will make some changes.
Any questions, you can consult our doctor online or leave a message below.