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Can dialysis cause headache? As many as 70% dialysis patients complain of headache during or immediately after dialysis. Is it caused by dialysis? If it is, then what are the causes?
One of the most annoying symptoms during dialysis is frequent headache. But most patients do not know how it occurs. The followings are the answers to the myth.
A. Extra toxins in blood. Though dialysis can help discharge some of the toxins, it takes no effect on some middle and macro molecule toxins. With the blood circulation, the remaining toxins in blood will affect the nervous in your mind, causing headache.
B. High blood pressure. High blood pressure during dialysis is one of the causes of headache. You are suggested to control sodium intake in your diet. If headache occurs frequently, you need to ask doctor to stop dialysis.
C. Dialysis imbalance syndrome. The incidence of dialysis imbalance syndrome is 3.4%-20%. It is more common after starting dialysis for a short time. The main features of this syndrome is nausea, vomit, headache, cramps and even coma.
D. Electrolyte imbalance. Dialysis also remove the extra electrolyte in blood. But not all extra electrolyte can be removed. So there will be electrolyte imbalance, which can also lead to headahce.
How to relieve headache during or after dialysis?
A. Well control the blood pressure. You should restrict the sodium intake in your daily diet. Ask your doctor for how much sodium everyday is best for you. You can also consult the online doctor by telling him your specific conditon.
B. Do adequate dialysis. Adequate dialysis can discharge the toxins and extra electrolyte more completely. It is helpful to relieve headache.
C. Prolong the intervals of dialysis. Actually, dialysis do harm to both your kidneys and your overall healthy to some extent. Not only headache is its side-effects, many other refractory symptoms are also included. Long-term dialysis will caues more problems. So you should take measures to prolong the intervals of dialysis and reduce the times of dialysis and finally get rid of it. If you want to know how to avoid dialysis, you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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