What can I do to feel better after a dialysis treatment?

Edtrina Moss
Ambulatory Care

The key to feeling better after a dialysis treatment is based on what you do before or between dialysis treatments. Adhering to your prescribed fluid restrictions is very important. When you gain more fluid weight than prescribed, you require more fluid volume to be removed during your prescribed dialysis time. This causes rapid fluid shifts from your body that can cause hypotension and fatigue. 

Your diet is also important. You must follow the prescribed diet by the nutritionist/dietician. Remember, your kidneys no longer can remove the by-products of food, so the by-products accumulate until your next treatment. This can cause you to feel weak and fatigued.

Take your medication as prescribed unless your healthcare provider instructs you to hold the dose before dialysis. Managing your disease that caused the kidney failure is important to maintaining your health and well-being. You should incorporate some activity into your activities as tolerated. This will help you to feel better over time.

Dialysis is a treatment, not a cure. It is crucial that you continue to manage your disease that caused renal failure. Always remember to discuss your concerns with your healthcare provider and other members of your team! They can assist you in improving your treatment experience!

Continue Learning about Dialysis


Healthy kidneys remove waste from your blood and produce hormones your body needs. If your kidneys fail, you either need a kidney transplant or dialysis. Dialysis is a procedure that uses a machine to perform many of the functions ...

of the kidney. Dialysis can help prevent problems resulting from kidney failure and it allows people with kidney failure to live productive lives. Dialysis filters your blood, and like a health kidney, removes waste from your blood. Patients using dialysis are also required to follow a strict diet in order to stay healthy. There are two types of dialysis: hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. There are different advantages and disadvantages with both hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Talk to your doctor about which type of dialysis would work better for you.

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