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What is Dialysis?
Dialysis is the artificial process of eliminating waste (diffusion) and unwanted water (ultrafiltration) from the blood. Our kidneys do this naturally. Some people, however, may have failed or damaged kidneys which cannot carry out the function properly - they may need dialysis. In other words, Dialysis is the artificial replacement for lost kidney function (renal replacement therapy).
Different types of Dialysis
Hemodialysis. Blood is filtered using a dialyzer and dialysis machine.
Peritoneal dialysis. Blood is filtered inside the body after the abdomen is filled with a special cleaning solution
What are the signs that you need Dialysis?
-Kidney failure symptoms from buildup of wastes in the body
-A metallic taste in the mouth or ammonia breath.
-Protein aversion (no longer wanting to eat meat)
-Nausea and vomiting.
-Loss of appetite.
How long a person can survive on Dialysis?
Life expectancy on dialysis can vary depending on your other medical conditions and how well you follow your treatment plan. Average life expectancy on dialysis is 5-10 years, however, many patients have lived well on dialysis for 20 or even 30 years.
Is it painful to have Dialysis?
Dialysis itself does not hurt. In hemodialysis the needles may hurt going in, but they should stop hurting after that. You can ask for numbing medicine before you get the needle sticks if they bother you. ... In peritoneal dialysis (PD), abdominal pain can be a sign of an infection called peritonitis.
Dialysis a breif story
My Dialysis story starts in May 2015. I had an operation to remove both my kidneys because I had Polysyctic Kidney Disease. This is when I started on Dailysis, I used to go 3 times a week for 4 hours a time. I was only on Dialysis for three months as I had a live donor waiting for me.
This was very tiring for me but never hurt. I used to have a sleep or use my phone or tablet to pass the time. With some people it makes them sick but it did not effect me in that way.
I had the hemodialysis Dialysis line fitted to my chest cavity on the left and this is so I could connect to the dailysis machine, as I was only on dialysis for three months I did not get a fistula fitted, also I did not get a blood transfusion as I has a live donar waiting for me.