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Swelling is commonly seen among dialysis patients.In serious cases, the affected skin area may feel painful. If swollen legs and ankles occur during dialysis, they may affect the patients' motility.
Causes of swollen legs and ankles with Dialysis
Your kidneys are losing their ability to balance electrolytes in your bloodstream.Healthy kidneys can dump excess sodium into the urine,but not sick kidneys. And that excess sodium causes fluid retention.
Dialysis can take off extra fluid your kidneys do not remove anymore. However, dialysis can not do all of the fluid removal. Therefore, the patients on dialysis have to limit their fluid intake. Otherwise, excess fluid will build up in body, resulting in retention of fluid. Due to gravity, swollen legs and ankles commonly occur during dialysis.
Swelling not only occurs in legs and ankles, but also may occur in any part of the body like lung,heart etc.Therefore,it is important for the patients to prevent fluid retention during dialysis.
How to prevent swelling during dialysis?
Firstly, it is important for the patients to limit fluid intake. The daily fluid intake depends on how much urine you make. A fluid is anything that is liquid or anything that would be melt if left at room temperature like soups, ice cream, soft drinks etc.
Secondly, if dialysis is performed inadequately, the fluid will not be removed from body.It is also a cause of swollen legs and ankles with dialysis.In this case, you should report it to your health care provider and more times of dialysis will be performed.
Apart from swollen legs and ankles with dialysis, the patients often also experience shortness of breath, fatigue, sleep disorders etc. If you are tortured with these problems, you can email to firstname.lastname@example.org for advices.