What Are the Signs That You Need Dialysis?

More than 430,000 people receive dialysis treatment per year in the U.S., reports eMedicineHealth. Although dialysis is most often used by those with complete kidney failure, those with renal insufficiency or major kidney problems may require such treatment to survive. Since the kidneys play a vital role in maintaining homeostasis and healthy blood pressure, among much more, recognizing the signs of end-stage renal disease indicates when someone needs this treatment.

Poor Urination Patterns Is a Leading Sign of Needing Dialysis.

Those in need of treatment for renal failure may exhibit unusual changes in urine production and desire to urinate. The volume of urine may decrease, but the frequency when feeling the urge to urinate may increase.

Excessive Fatigue Resulting From Extreme Blood Pressure Fluctuations.

As the kidneys grow unable to remove excess salt and water content from blood, a person may begin to experience fatigue.

Trouble Sleeping and Unexplained Skin Conditions.

The symptoms of renal disease, especially changes in urination and fatigue, may lead to trouble sleeping and unexplained rashes, dryness or itchiness of the skin.

Blood Present in the Urine.

Blood in the urine is an indicator of trauma or problems with kidney’s ability to properly filter the blood. This may be a sign of increasing severity of the renal disease or additional trauma to the structure of the kidney.

Persistent Puffiness Around the Eye and Swelling of the Ankles and the Legs.

The eyes are an area that becomes swollen with the slightest change in homeostasis. Puffiness around the keys, as well as swollen legs and ankles, may indicate retention of fluid. Since the fluid increases with eating and drinking, body tissues become saturated and take on a swollen appearance.

Someone Needing Treatment Experiences Poor Appetite.

Those in need of treatment may experience changes in appetite. This is the result of increased osmotic pressure in the body and a sensation of being too full to eat or drink.

A buildup of Toxins Contribute to Severe Muscle Cramps

Muscle cramps are the result of an imbalance of electrolytes in the blood and muscles, and those with severe renal insufficiency or renal failure may experience muscle cramps.

Known Diagnosis of End-Stage Renal Failure.

People with a family history of kidney problems may be at an increased risk for renal disease. Primarily, those with a known diagnosis of end-stage renal failure should hemodialysis or another proper treatment for removing the toxins from the body and restoring balance to the body’s systems.

Know When Treatment for End-Stage Renal Failure Is Necessary.

The first step in increasing the survival of kidney failure is learning how to recognize when someone needs treatment via hemodialysis. Find out more about if you may require dialysis treatment now by scheduling your appointment via the online contact form or calling 1 (508) 828-5986 today.