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What Causes Headache for Kidney Failure Patients

2014-01-18 03:04

What Causes Headache for Kidney Failure PatientsPeople with Kidney Failure often complain about headache. What causes headache for them? In the following, you may find that there are many underlying causes.

High blood pressure

Almost all kidney failure patients suffer from high blood pressure. When their kidneys go wrong, the excretion of renin and prostaglandin will be affected, as a result, kidneys can not regulate the blood pressure normally. High blood pressure may stimulate your nerves to cause headache.


Anemia is also a common symptom of kidney failure patients. Because the impaired kidney can not excrete enough erythropoietin, which is beneficial for the production of red blood cells. And the building up wastes and toxins in the blood will shorten the life span of red blood cells. All in all, the amounts of red blood cells reduce, causing anemia. It may decrease the oxygen transportation to the brain and lead to headache.

Low community

Immunosuppressor are often used by kidney failure patients. Though they have function of anti-inflammation and reduce proteinuria, they may lower your immunity if used for long term, which means you are easily to catch a cold or have a fever. These aliments may contribute to your headache.

Side effects of medication

Many medications you take have side effects, such as corticosteroids and hypotensive drugs. They can give rise to headache


Many kidney failure patients may also suffer from insomnia, due to the wastes accumulating in the body or frequent urination at night or some other factors. Not having a good sleep may also cause headache.


Headache is also a complication of dialysis. It occurs due to rapid fluctuation of blood pressure, electrolyte disorder or change of dialyzate.

According to different causes of headache, there are different treatments to headache for kidney failure patients. Some painkillers have nephrotoxicity, so you had better take them under the instruction of your doctor. But the fundamental way is to improve kidney function. With the help of our online doctor, you may get more information about how to ease headache.

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