Did you know that over 20 million people have Chronic Kidney Disease in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention? Slightly more staggering, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) notes that 25.8 million people suffer from Diabetes in the United States. As you know, both of these diseases have their fair share of complications that can cause Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic patients which greatly hamper their quality of lives. However, there are simple strategies that YOU can utilize to help ease the burden of these diseases.
Around 60% to 90% of people with Chronic Kidney Disease and/or Diabetes end-up suffering with a painful nerve disorder, Neuropathy. Although the longer you have Diabetes or Chronic Kidney Disease, the more likely it is that you will develop Neuropathy, patient success has been documented after utilizing specific Topical (medication that is applied to body's surface) treatments such as Capsaicin Cream and Lidocaine Patches. Notable oral treatments which can potentially offer relief include Oxycodone, Tramadol, and Vitamin B12 supplements.
Arm pain during and after dialysis is a frequent complaint among those on Hemodialysis. This is understandable as the nature of Dialysis is to be stuck with a rather larger needle on a continual basis. Do you suffer arm pain? If so, try sucking on a sweet candy approximately 5 minutes before being stuck because research has shown it improves pain tolerance. Also, do NOT tie restrictive material during needling (insertion of needle into fistula). The increase pressure may cause more pain and could lead to long-term Fistula damage.
Additionally, you can request cream such as Lidocaine to be applied 1 hour before your treatment. Some patients note that on top of using pain relief cream, adding Ethylene Oxide spray (available from pharmacy), works by numbing the area with a very cold temperature and further lessens pain. If pain persists, you may consider requesting for your nurse to use a smaller needle like size 17G.
Moreover, Diabetics as well as those with Chronic Kidney Disease can avoid dizziness, fatigue, nausea, and potentially fainting by simply managing their Blood Sugar. I know that it is easier said than done, right? Well to reduce High Blood Sugar, try using cinnamon to add flavor to your meals and drinks instead of sugar. Experts recommend at least ½ teaspoon of cinnamon every day.
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