"I just went out on a brisk walk and was dizzy for most of it; feeling a little weak and shaky. I was scared that I was going to faint," a viewer writes. "What causes this, and what can I do about it?" She is not alone. Have you been out, and suddenly began feeling tired, a bit faint and dizzy? Were you scared? Did you know what to do? Many Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic patients suffer spells of dizziness which may be caused by the very treatment of the diseases.
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) found that the main reason Diabetics experience dizziness is because of a lack of control of blood sugar and blood pressure levels. Likewise, leaders in the Chronic Kidney Disease field have noted that patients who do not have their blood pressure and blood sugar levels in balance are more likely to experience dizziness and feel faint.
In fact, the most common side effect of Hemodialysis is Hypotension (low blood pressure). This most often occurs when too much fluid is removed from the blood during treatments which causes pressure to drop, and dizziness as well as nausea. If you believe that you are removing too much fluid, let your Healthcare Team know. They can program your Dialysis machine so that the right amount of fluid is removed.
Did you know that diet is just as essential as your daily "medication in controlling blood sugar levels?" For some Chronic Kidney Disease and/or Diabetic patients who are not prescribed Diabetes medication, diet is the main source for controlling blood sugar levels. Nerve damage which is common among both Diabetics and Kidney Disease patients may cause impaired digestion (Gastroparesis), nausea, vomiting, pain, and very difficult to control blood sugar levels - according to the ADA.
In this case YOU can actively protect yourself by taking your medication on time, and precisely based upon the instructions. Variation may cause your blood sugar levels to be too high or too low. Also check your blood sugar levels at regular medical check-ups as your doctor can determine if medicinal adjustments are necessary.
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High blood pressure is common in those with Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetes because of "shared causes of the diseases themselves," according to Dr. Patrick Lyden, UC San Diego's Stroke Center. It can cause dizziness as well as low blood pressure. Medication for high blood pressure should usually not be taken before Dialysis treatments, unless your Nephrologists prescribe it that way. This could cause further drops in pressure and more discomfort. As a Dialysis patient, you should also watch and limit your fluid intake as recommended by your Dietitian to prevent low pressure during treatments.
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But what happens if you do become ill, or even unconscious while you are away from home? Well, if you are not wearing a No BP/No Stick wristband, then you could be jeopardizing your fistula (lifeline) as Emergency Medical Service professionals will not know to look for your lifeline otherwise while trying to resuscitate you. So, if you have not already, go to KidneyBuzz.com as soon as possible and order your No BP/No Stick wristband to protect your fistula.
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