Peritoneal Dialysis

Peritoneal dialysis is used popularly to maintain kidney failure patients life worldwide, which uses patients own peritoneum as dialysis membrane. Then, pain in a variety of regions may appear. Among them, shoulder pain is common.

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Why Do Peritoneal Dialysis Patients Have Shoulder Pain

2014-04-19 02:20

Why Do Peritoneal Dialysis Patients Have Shoulder PainPeritoneal dialysis is used popularly to maintain kidney failure patients’ life worldwide. Different from hemodialysis, this therapy uses patients’ own peritoneum as dialysis membrane. Then, pain in a variety of regions may appear. Among them, shoulder pain is quite common for peritoneal dialysis patients. What causes this problem?

Why do peritoneal dialysis patients have shoulder pain?

It is reported that about 5% of peritoneal dialysis patients have this problem. Generally speaking, these patients’ shoulder pain is due to the following problems, including:

- Malpositioned peritoneal dialysis catheter

- Bowel perforation

- Pneumoperitoneum

How to deal with shoulder pain for peritoneal dialysis patients?

To ease peritoneal dialysis patients’ shoulder pain, some doctors prescribe painkillers like vicodin. These medications indeed can alleviate patients’ symptoms temporarily, but they fail to work as well as we expect. The clinical research shows patients who need fewer times of peritoneal dialysis suffer from less pain than those who need more times of peritoneal dialysis. Here, we have some alternative treatments. To find out which one is suitable for you.

1. Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy: For patients who still have urine output, this therapy is able to improve patients’ kidney function and reduce the frequency of peritoneal dialysis. With the increase of patients’ kidney function, it is possible for them to avoid peritoneal dialysis, let alone easing shoulder pain.

2. Immunotherapy: This therapy is better at treating kidney disease caused by immune disorders, and IgA Nephropathy, FSGS, Lupus Nephritis, etc, belongs to this type of kidney disease. With intimate linked six steps, this therapy can not only remove immune complexes out of the body but also repair damaged inherent kidney cells. As long as patients’ GFR increases to 15% and maintains stable, patients can live without peritoneal dialysis.

Even though these two treatments are able to help peritoneal dialysis patients solve their problem, they are not suitable for all patients. Consult the doctor online to determine whether you can use it safely and effectively.

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