Dialysis can keep people with ESRD alive and prolong their life span. However, the patients have to encounter a lot of discomforts. Sometimes people may want to discontinue dialysis treatment when they feel dialysis has no meaning in improving their life quality. However, stopping dialysis may mean that death may be around the corner if other treatment is not used in time. How long on earth can people with ESRD live without dialysis?
Dialysis helps eliminate extra fluids and wastes from body. Once dialysis is stopped, uremic toxins and extra fluids will build up in body. It can make people feel more discomfortable, difficulty breath and serious fatigue. Usually, some medications can be prescribed to relieve these discomforts.
How long can people with ESRD live without dialysis varies from person to person. They can may live anywhere from one week to several weeks, depending on the amount of kidney function they have left and their overall medical condition.
However, no one wants to end their life early except there is no but death. Kidney transplant is a better option for people with ESRD, but it is really hard to get the opportunity. Many people have to wait year after year. Isn't there other treatment option for people with ESRD free of sufferings?
Yes, there is. In ESRD, kidneys are damaged severely. Dialysis is only able to remove a part of toxins and fluids from body, but is unable to restore the impaired kidney structure and improve renal function. With the extending of dialysis treatment, kidney damage will become more and more serious. Therefore, to prolong their life span, the treatment goal should be to restore kidney structure and enhance renal function. If so, the patients with ESRD can live longer after they stop dialysis.