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A 52-year-old member asked:

What does it feel like to undergo hemodialysis?

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Dr. Quresh Khairullah
Nephrology and Dialysis 43 years experience
Mostly nothing: In normal circumstances, many patients can sleep through the proceedure, apart from some discomfort on starting when the needles have to be inserted into the vein. Sometimes when blood pressure goes low patients get unawareness and may have nausea. Some patients feel cold. Ingeneral the proceedure is well tolerated and patients are watching tv when awake.
Dr. Stuart Flechner
Urology 47 years experience
Hard to Answer: Probably best to ask someone you know about who is on dialysis, and would like to talk about it. There are over 500, 000 patients receiving dialysis in the us each year. It should not be hard to find a dialysis patient. You could also call a local dialysis unit--and even volunteer to help out.

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