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What Should We Do to the Headache Caused by Dialysis

What Should We Do to the Headache Caused by DialysisDialysis is a burdensome experience for patients with kidney disease. Complications caused by dialysis such as a headache, weakness, high blood pressure will worsen both their body and spirit. Are there any methods that can help patients get rid of the annoying complications? If yes, what should patients do?

1. Firstly, let’s talk about the causes of a headache.

A headache is common for patients with dialysis, especially for hemodialysis. The probability of a headache for patients with dialysis is 70%. And headache caused by dialysis is divided into two types. One is that patients have a medical history of a headache, reappear during dialysis; the other is patients have no medical history of a headache and it happens during dialysis. The second kind of condition has a 20% possibility of all the two types of a headache. It has the characters of happening after three or four hours of dialysis, and bilateral frontotemporal pain is normal symptom.

Other reasons for patients with dialysis include:

Glaucoma, a complication of dialysis;

Lack of caffeine, dialysis can clean caffeine in patients’ body. If patients had a long term of using high caffeine products, headache may occur;

Central venous stenosis, which has a 30% occurrence rates, can cause increased intracranial pressure, headache and vomiting.

2. Treatment for a headache caused by dialysis includes medication and dialysis adjusting.

Dialysis Duration Adjusting:

Adjusting the duration of hemodialysis. The duration of hemodialysis can be in 2-4 hours. The duration can be adjusted slowly in order to reduce the urine toxic nitrogen. The low-temperature dialysate is suggested. But the temperature change should be gentle, or it will cause patients’ uncomfortable. Sometimes the switch of carbonate and acetate can help to improve the headache of patients.

Medication Adjusting:

Conventional dose of Aspirin can be used in pain management. The key to using this kind of medication is early. Supplement of magnesium can reduce the headache caused by peritoneal dialysis.

Other ways to avoid a headache includes Traditional Chinese Medicine, nerve block, ear auricular pressure treatment. All these methods have an evident effect of reducing headache caused by dialysis.

If you want to reduce your frequency of dialysis or even get rid of it, please contact us on Email: chinakidneyhospital@gmail.com. We have industry-leading treatment that can reduce the frequency of dialysis.

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