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

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    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!

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.
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