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« on: April 30, 2019, 10:38:48 PM »

Hi everyone,

I remember mentioning this in a previous post but never really got an answer to it not even from my doctor. I had dialysis Saturday and I wake up on Sunday with severe muscle weakness in my arms and legs and oddly my jaw. I cant explain the feeling but its very sad, frustrating and very uncomfortable. Walking becomes difficult laying down doesnt do much. I was reaching for a glass and almost toppled over because my legs were going to pass out! I told the nurse maybe my potassium is high? She said no its within range... man, i wish i had an answer
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« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2019, 06:02:17 AM »

Not much help, but here's what I could find:

"If the patient reports that fatigue leads to functional impairment, providers should actively consider common causes such as worsening heart failure, chronic fatigue syndrome, hypothyroidism, liver disease, depression, sleep disorders, autoimmune diseases as well as the kidney-disease related factors outlined in this review."

Fatigue in Patients Receiving Maintenance Dialysis: A Review of Definitions, Measures, and Contributing Factors


"In the diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, various complementary criteria play an important role in the final decision such as pain in multiple joints, headaches, nausea, chest pain, shortness of breath, difficulties in maintaining upright position, and various psychological problems such as depression, irritability, mood swings, and other. Those are evident in HD patients however, the clinical significance of those symptoms changes when viewed in relation to fatigue."

Hemodialysis Fatigue: Just “Simple” Fatigue or a Syndrome on Its Own Right?

Coastal US, NE North Carolina
2018 right nephrectomy - cancer. Left kidney not filtering, start hemo. After 3 months, start Nxstage home hemo
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