"I have a question. It is kinda embracing, but is it just me or do you get bad gas from dialysis?," a viewer wrote. This should not be terribly embarrassing and is not a problem that only dialysis patients suffer from. In fact, if you are reading this right now, you may be suffering a similar problem or know someone who is.
Gastrointestinal (organ system responsible for consuming and digesting foodstuffs, absorbing nutrients, and expelling waste) disorders are common among all people with Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetes. At some point in any patient's life, the chances that s/he will develop a Gastrointestinal (GI) tract problem, be it peptic ulcer disease, gallstones, irritable bowel syndrome, food poisoning, or some other related disorder, are extremely high.
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As many as 75% of patients visiting Diabetes clinics will report significant GI symptoms. The numbers are equally as high for those with Chronic Kidney Disease. This can certainly affect your quality of life, so the question you may have is, "Why does this happen, and what can I do about it?"
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Stomach related problems such as gas, indigestion, bloating, and belching can be attributed to obvious problems such as overeating, lactose intolerance, eating gas producing foods, and more. However, in terms of Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic Patients specifically, GI discomfort can be caused by certain medications that Plaquenil (used to treat the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis) and Acarbose (used to treat type 2 diabetes), as well as meds that contain the sugars sorbitol or lactulose.
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Also, unknown food allergies, internal infections, electrolyte abnormalities, and nerve damage may contribute to your GI challenges. It is almost needless to say that there are many things which can cause excessive gas and intestinal discomfort. See if you can connect it to a particular food, and reduce activities like chewing gum that promote air in your belly. If your excessive gas doesn't improve with those changes, check with your Healthcare Team to discuss the medications you are taking and try to rule out the cause(s).
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