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Why Do Renal Failure Patients Suffer from Fatigue

2013-03-23 17:09 Why Do Renal Failure Patients Suffer from Fatigue

Feeling tired is fairly common for people with renal failure. Long term of chronic kidney disease nearly breaks patients’ interest to enjoy their life. Why do renal failure patients suffer from fatigue? Will renal failure take all of their energy away? Now, let us find out the answer togather.

Why do renal failure patients suffer fom fatigue?

For renal failure patients, their fatigue may be caused by anemia and too much wastes deposition in the blood. Normally, the healthy kidney is responsible to both make hormone erythropoietin (EPO) to tell the body to produce enough red blood cells and remove wastes from the body. However, in renal failure, nearly all of kidney function has lost, so these patients are more susceptible to anemia and large waste deposition. Usually, patients’ fatigue begins in the early stages of Kidney Disease and gets worse as kidney function decreases.

How to alleviate renal failure patients’ fatigue?

From the above analysis, we can know remiting anemia and removing wastes from the body can help remit patients’ fatigue.

To remove too much wastes from the body, dialysis is often used. As an artificial kidney, dialysis is able to cleanse small molecular substances including water, urea acid, blood urea nitrogen and creatinine from the blood so as to maintain patients’ basic life. However, dialysis can replace kidney to make some EPO so it can treat anemia. Therefore, a healthy diet and some medications are needed to help treat patients’ anemia. Iron is an important part of red blood cells, so a diet high in iron can assist the whole treatment. In addition, a medication called erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs) is usually used to stimulate the formation and production of red blood cells. Once anemia and waste deposition can be solved, patients’ life quality will be improved largely.

The last thing we need to note that the above method just can help remit patients’ fatigue but can’t do anything to the damaged kdiney function. If the patient want to avoid further dialysis and improve their kidney function,, the effective treatment for renal failure should be used.

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