Causes and Treatment for Extreme Headaches in Chronic Kidney Disease Patients


Some people with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) suffer with extreme headaches. When you experience headaches it may reflect an underlying issue such as:

Waste Product Accumulation - If you are on dialysis and not getting a good enough cleaning then the accumulation of waste products in your body can cause headaches. Usually you will experience other symptoms, such as Back Pain, and High Creatinine Levels as well.

Renal Anemia - Normal kidneys work to participate in the production of EPO which is a necessary material for red blood cell formation. However, because of your kidney failure there is a decrease of EPO which results in less red blood cells production, and renal anemia. Thus causing headaches, better known as an Anemic Headache.

High Blood Pressure - Kidneys can stimulate the production of rein which plays an important role in controlling  blood pressure. In the case of renal failure, their ability to balance blood pressure substantially decline and consistent high blood pressure may trigger a headache. recommends working in conjunction with your healthcare team to find the cause of your headaches to identify the appropriate treatment. If your headache is related to the medicine that you are taking, it is suggested that you bring it to the attention of your Nephrologist as soon as possible to correct the issue.  Do not stop your medication regiment before consulting your Nephrologist. Also a regular walking program for about 30 minutes a day (if manageable) may help relieve stress, increase metabolism, and cure your headaches.


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