A KidneyBuzz.com viewer wrote, "Is it just me or do others write in and ask about problems they are suffering with feeling excessively hot?" He continued, "I am in an AC room with my girlfriend and all of a sudden I start feeling flushed, terribly hot, and pouring in sweat while she is freezing! I don't know if it's my thyroid or hormones or what, but is there anything I can do!"
While each Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic patient is completely different, and it would be impossible for KidneyBuzz.com to suggest what might be causing you to feel extremely hot and sweaty, there are some common but lesser known complications that may cause this issue. As you know, KidneyBuzz.com does not offer medical advice, but the following strategies may assist Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic patients to improve their condition as well as their overall quality of life.
If you start to feel sweaty and really hot like a heat wave just hit or as if the room which you are in is locked and the temperature is rising, and/or your energy starts to decrease, then you may be suffering from Low Blood Sugar. Intense perspiration accompanied by decreased energy is a common problem in Diabetic patients, but did you know that the process of Dialysis can also cause Low Blood Sugar even if you DO NOT have Diabetes!?
When you have Dialysis, the process removes most things from your blood, including sugar. Although your Dialysate Bath (used in dialysis to draw fluids and toxins out of the bloodstream and supply electrolytes and other chemicals to the bloodstream) should be equalizing your electrolytes including your Blood Sugar, at times it does not and the result may be Low Blood Sugar. To correct this complication, those on Dialysis may choose to discuss with their Healthcare Team Dialisying with a High Glucose Bath such as D10. If you are currently using a D5 Bath maybe you will need to change based upon your teams feedback. Also, some patients have noted improved results by eating prior to Dialysis as well as having a light snack afterward.
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In terms of Diabetics who find they have Low Blood Sugar Levels, Davita HealthCare Partners Inc. recommends that they use the "Rule of 15" by eating a food or beverage containing 15 grams of carbohydrate including: 1 tablespoon or 3 packets of table sugar, 1⁄2 cup apple juice or grape juice (avoid orange juice if you are on a low-potassium diet), 7 gummy bear candies, 1⁄2 cup regular (not diet) Sprite®, ginger ale or 7-Up, 6 Life-Savers, or 2 to 4 pieces of hard candy. Afterward, recheck your blood sugar within 15 minutes. "If it is still less than 70 mg/dL, eat another portion of food or beverage containing 15 grams of carbohydrate. If it is above 70 mg/dl, eat a small snack (i.e. 1/2 turkey sandwich) or eat a meal within the next hour."
On the other hand, if you have High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) and are suddenly experiencing an episode of sweating along with chest pain or pressure, see your Primary Physician immediately or go to the Emergency Room as it may be a sign of a heart attack. Do you ever experience intense sweating? What do you do to correct it? Share with us your response at our KidneyBuzz.com Facebook Fan Page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/KidneyBuzz/347471888696381).
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