How to Deal with Headache After Hemodialysis

How to Deal with Headache After HemodialysisHow to deal with headache after hemodialysis?

For Kidney Failure patients who do dialysis for the first time, it is likely for them to have dialysis disequilibrium syndrome (DDS), which is manifested as headache, weakness, nausea and vomiting. In severe case, muscle cramp, coma and even death can occur.

Why are those patients prone to these discomforts during or following shortly after hemodialysis?

Because you use dialysis machine to filter toxins out of the body, plasma osmotic pressure drops rapidly, which can be interpreted as blood thinning.

The thinner blood means that water in the blood is more likely to go through the blood-brain barrier (a barrier that protects the brain) and penetrate into the brain, leading to the above series of symptoms of dialysis disequilibrium syndrome.

In addition to those who start dialysis shortly, people prone to DDS include children, elderly patients, patients with high blood nitrogen, hypernatremia, hyperglycemia, metabolic acidosis, past history of nervous system abnormalities, past history of brain edema, and diseases that increase blood-brain barrier permeability, such as meningitis, vasculitis, central nervous system tumors, hemolytic uremia syndrome, thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, etc.

What should we do when we encounter dialysis disequilibrium syndrome?

The plasma osmotic pressure should be controlled to make blood thinning more slowly. There are three main measures:

1) To reduce the clearance rate, and do not let the plasma osmotic pressure after dialysis drop too low.

2) To slow down blood flow and prolong dialysis time so as not to let plasma osmotic pressure drop too fast.

3) To inject osmotic agents, such as sodium (hypertonic saline) or mannitol so as to increase plasma osmotic pressure.

For patients who start dialysis shortly often have various discomforts, but most of them can be improved after timely adjustment. Current hemodialysis technology usually allows uremic patients to survive for more than ten or twenty years. Uremic patients can also properly use other more advanced and thorough means of blood purification, such as long-term hemofiltration, to improve their quality of life. Besides, systemic Chinese medicine treatment can be used to help make internal environment good for kidney self-healing and other medication application, which is helpful for kidney self-healing and other medication application. When you restore a portion of renal function, you can reduce dialysis frequency or even avoid dialysis. For more information on such a treatment, please leave a message below or contact online doctor.


***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.***

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