Dialysis can instigate severe headaches as a result of an abundance of water and electrolyte shifts. Headaches can be extremely awful and can be stressful to deal with. Robert outlines the backstory of his kidney disease journey when he was on dialysis for around 2-3 years, and shares some important knowledge on how to combat this issue.
In this video, we share various ways to manage headaches coming from dialysis. We always strive to deliver enough material to help support kidney sufferers so they can avoid dialysis and live a good quality of life. However, in some cases, you may end up on dialysis and we’re going to dive deeper into how to manage this issue. You can improve your condition by doing a few simple things.
Hemodialysis headaches is a fairly common issue among those on dialysis. Robert went through numerous dialysis sessions that triggered his headache every single time. Some may have a rough time on dialysis, while others may be more rigid. There are many things you can implement to prevent that dialysis hangover.
Referencing the Journal of Headaches, 2006. They observed a large number of hemodialysis patients and found out that around 30% of the people who experienced a severe headache, had low magnesium levels. This reduced level can contribute to more headaches.
When you encounter headaches, one thing you can do is take magnesium supplements. Any kind of magnesium will help but the better types that have a higher absorption rate are magnesium glycinate and magnesium aspartate. Robert suggests taking two pills per day. As for the dose, you want to get near 400mg per day. Doing this can help bring your magnesium levels back up and prevent the headache.
Secondly, you can try to eat a meal close to dialysis and make sure to include some protein whenever you can. Robert recalls times when he’d just eat a meal on the dialysis chair, right before they begin.
Lastly, the third thing you can do is check your BUN levels. The BUN levels simply indicate how many kidney toxins are floating around in your system. Those with a higher BUN level tend t0 have more headaches as opposed to those with low BUN levels. To fight this issue, you want to supplement with a high dosage probiotic to get your BUN levels back up and probiotics also help support optimal kidney health.
We have a probiotic supplement called, ‘KIDNEY RESTORE’ and it contains two of the strongest probiotics; Lactobacillus acidophilus & Bifidobacterium longum. Robert recommends kidney sufferers on hemodialysis to get at least 50 billion a day. Probiotics are ‘good’ bacteria for your body and they help clear out the kidney toxins. The more the better.
In conclusion, be sure to try to eat a meal close to dialysis, get your magnesium levels tested, and use a high dose probiotic supplement to manage your headaches while on hemodialysis.
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