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Q:I have been on PD only for more than 10 days.I am experiencing a shortness of breath,mostly in the evenings.I even can not walk for a while without gasping.Also,I can feel a lot of pain in my abdomen. What should I do to control the issues?
A:Shortness of breath should be caused by fluid overload. Healthy kidneys work 24h a day 7 days a week to filter fluid from your body.However,peritoneal dialysis only works for hours each time. Between dialysis treatments, if you have too much fluid intake, it is very likely to cause fluid load.Shortness of breath is caused by retaining a lot of fluid around legs.
There is a variety of causes of pain in peritoneal Dialysis, as follows:
-Peritonitis is a common complication and it refers to an inflammation of the peritoneum.It can cause cloudy PD drainage and abdominal pain.
-Exit site infection can cause redness,pain and drainage at the exit site.
-Hernia refers to a condition in which a small or large area of tissue becomes large and hard under the skin, close to the exit site of your catheter. It can cause redness and pain in area of swelling.
The above are the causes of shortness of breath and pain issues in peritoneal dialysis.As the cause varies in different cases, you should check with your doctor and find the specific causes and then take right ways to control it.
Asides from the above side effects of peritoneal dialysis, other common side effects include dehydration, anemia, skin itching etc. As you just started dialysis recently, you should make precautions in advance to prevent these problems from happening. You can email to firstname.lastname@example.org to get detailed information on how to prevent them effectively.