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Headache and Hemodialysis: Causes and Treatment

2013-09-01 10:05

Headache and Hemodialysis: Causes and TreatmentHemodialysis is used commonly to sustain kidney failure patients’ life, but it isn’t an easy therapy even for the fittest patients. Headache is just one bothersome complication of hemodialysis that affects many patients’ life quality. Therefore, experts in our hospital are here to introduce the cause and treatment for headache due to hemodialysis.

Causes of headache in hemodialysis

With the osmotic pressure gradient effects, hemodialysis achieves to exchange excess fluid and waste products in blood with some nutritions in dialyzate. However, because hemodialysis can’t be as effective as healthy kidneys, some conditions are more likely to occur during dialysis, such as severe hypertension, fluid or electrolyte imbalance and cerebrovascular accidents. Besides, people who have consumed coffee for a long time have a high risk of headache.

Headache is so common during hemodialysis that about 70% of patients complain of it. To treat or prevent this obnoxious complication, some effective methods are needed.

Treatment of headache in hemodialysis

To guarantee patients can accept correct treatment, making clear the underlying cause should be the first step. Then, some preventative managements should be noted. First of all, people receiving hemodialysis need to control their blood pressure into normal range through lowering sodium intake and taking some anti-hypertensive agents.

Besides, controlling the consumption of coffee, using low-sodium dialyzate and accepting hemodialysis regularly are also helpful to prevent headache.

Even though hemodialysis is a life-sustaining therapy for kidney failure patients, it doesn’t mean all people with kidney failure must live with this cold machine. If your kidneys are damaged but you still have urine output, effective treatments can help you get rid of hemodialysis successfully. Until now, many patients have stopped hemodialysis, let alone easing headache. Hopefully, you can be the next one. If you want to know more information about these treatments, send email to kidneyabc@hotmail.com or leave a message to us. Either is OK. 

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