Kidney Failure - Dialysis

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Dialysis cleanses the body of waste products in the body by use of filter systems. There are two types of dialysis; 1) hemodialysis, and 2) peritoneal dialysis.

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Comment from: Been there, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 20

Dialysis is a difficult treatment, however sometimes it is the only option. At first you will feel weak and cold, always bring a blanket! Your blood pressure can drop, making you feel even worse. Remember, the dialysis is cleaning your blood but it is also sucking everything else out of you as well. Expect to feel pretty crummy the first few times, but hopefully you will get better at tolerating it the more you have it. The big hope is that it will be a temporary treatment and your kidneys will start functioning again on their own. With all my hope this will be the case for you! It was for me.

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Comment from: martha, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 31

I am a dialysis patient, I have received dialysis for the last three years and I feel so much better than not to have it! I was retired before because of sickness, and with the treatments I am working a part time job and enjoying it! It slows me down but you cannot let it control you.

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