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Fatigue in Kidney Disease

2015-10-14 16:07| Font Size A A A

fatigueFatigue can be a very common symptom of kidney disease. We can not deny that fatigue can influence the quality of life to a large extent. If you are suffering from fatigue, have you ever thought of dealing with it by treating your kidney disease well?

What is fatigue?

Fatigue, also referred to as tiredness, exhaustion, lethargy, and listlessness, describes a physical and/or mental state of being tired and weak. Fatigue is a symptom, rather than a sign. A symptom is something the patient feels and describes, such as a headache or dizziness, while a sign is something the doctor can detect without talking to the patient, such as a rash. Fatigue is a non-specific symptom, i.e. it may have several possible causes.

Why can kidney disease cause fatigue?

-As we all know, the most important function of red blood cells is the transport of oxygen. Once there is not enough oxygen in our body, it is easy for us to feel tired. However, anemia is a common complication of kidney disease. That is to say, the most common cause of fatigue in kidney disease is anemia.

-Some medications commonly used in kidney disease treatment like antihypertensives, steroids, antihistamines can be another cause of fatigue.

-The body’s immune system normally helps keep people healthy, fighting off illness-causing invaders. But in those with autoimmune diseases, the system targets the person’s own tissues. Researchers have found the foremost fatigue inducers to be higher-than-normal levels of cytokines – chemical messengers that regulate the intensity and duration of immune responses.

-You can become anemic if you do not eat healthy foods with enough vitamin B12, folic acid and iron. Your body needs these important vitamins and minerals to help make red blood cells.

What are the treatment options for fatigue in kidney disease?

-If your fatigue is caused by anemia, then drugs called erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs) and extra iron will be used to help treat anemia.

-Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy is commonly used in clinic to treat kidney disease. Because it aims at repairing kidney damage and recovering kidney function, a series of symptoms including fatigue will be naturally treated with the recovery of kidney function. This treatment is based on Chinese herbal medicines, but used externally. Kidney disease patients just need to lie on the bed to take this natural treatment. The active materials of Chinese herbal medicines are expected to play a series of functions like anti-inflammation, anti-coagulation, degradation, extending blood vessels, promoting blood circulation, removing blood stasis and providing nutrition for damaged kidneys.

-Eating is a pleasure with purpose: to nourish your cells and create energy. Always start your day with breakfast. This jump-start meal increases energy levels and attention spans. Make sure to include some protein, like an egg or yogurt, along with carbohydrates such as whole-grain bread or oatmeal.

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