How Serious Are Hiccups for Dialysis Patients
Chronic kidney disease and dialysis patients often experience edema (swelling), anemia ( excessive fatigue), and itchy skin. Hiccups, however, is a little-known complication. For this reason, complications may go undiagnosed, leading to insomnia, fatigue, malnutrition, weight loss, dehydration, and other negative effects on patients with chronic kidney disease and dialysis.
Burps usually last only a few minutes, but prolonged episodes can be a sign of stroke, multiple sclerosis (a chronic neurological disease), tumors, meningitis and encephalitis (infections that can cause brain swelling), or even head trauma caused by falls or epilepsy. Because of electrolyte disorders, post-operative responses to anesthesia (drugs used to prevent pain), certain types of drugs (barbiturates, steroids and sedatives) and Parkinson's disease (a degenerative brain disease), chronic kidney disease and dialysis patients also experience prolonged hiccups.
Nephrologists note that "in dialysis patients, the primary causes of hiccups seem to be uncontrolled diabetes, uremia (urine in the blood), hyponatremia (low sodium in the blood), and hypokalemia (lower than normal potassium levels)."
If hiccups persist after 48 hours, dialysis patients with chronic kidney disease or uremia should talk to their nephrologists, who may try gastric lavage or carotid sinus massage (massaging the main carotid artery in the neck). If there is no obvious cause for hiccups, several medicines can be prescribed. Commonly used drugs include chlorpromazine and haloperidol (antipsychotics), benzodiazepines (a class of sedatives), metoclopramide (a nausea drug), baclofen (a muscle relaxant), nifedipine (a blood pressure lowering drug) and epileptic drugs such as gabapentin.
Hiccup is just one of the complications of dialysis. If you have been fed up with dialysis and want to get rid of it, you should check whether you still produce urine and what is the size of your kidneys. As long as your urine volume is over 100 ml, and kidney size is over 6cm, you can try a systemic Chinese Medicine Treatment, which is made up of 9 therapies. This set of treatment can eliminate waste products and extra fluid from body, improve blood circulation and increase blood flow into kidneys, and reduce renal inflammation, making internal environment good for kidney self-healing and other medication application.
After a short period of treatment, symptoms such as weakness, skin itching, swelling, nausea, vomiting and so on will get relieved greatly.
After a long period of treatment, kidney function can get improved gradually, and your living quality will also get promoted.
Now you know how serious the hiccups are for dialysis patients. Are you suffering from it? You can talk with online doctor to get personalized guidance for free.
***Please seek professional medical advise for the diagnosis or treatment of any ailment, disease or medical condition. This article is not intended to be a substitute for the advice of a licensed medical professional.***