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Doctor insights on: Needle Pain During Dialysis

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Dr. Quresh Khairullah
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Dialysis (Definition)

Simple answer is that it is a medical technology used primarily to provide an artificial replacement for lost kidney function in people with renal failure. Hemodialysis remove wastes and excess water from the blood by circulating blood outside the body through an external filter, called a dialyzer. Blood and dialysate flow through in opposite directions and the ...Read more


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What if I need dialysis but I have a fear of needles?

What if I need dialysis but I have a fear of needles?

Dialysis and needles: There is a form of dialysis that is done without needles using a catheter in the belly. Also, I have had many patients who feared needles but were able to adapt to the necessary needle sticks of hemodialysis. It will take effort, but it is well worthwhile. ...Read more

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Will I have to get poked with a needle when I get a peritoneal dialysis?

Not for the dialysis: No needle sticks are needed to do the peritoneal dialysis procedure. But routine blood tests, which require a needle stick each time they are done, are performed at least once a month. These tests monitor the effectiveness of the treatment and monitor the associated problems (like anemia, hormone and electrolyte problems) related to the renal failure that has caused the need for dialysis. ...Read more

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Why do physicians use metal needles to access dialysis fistula?

Why do physicians use metal needles to access dialysis fistula?

It is less traumatic: Usually specially-trained nurses or technicians access dialysis fistulas, not physicians. Metal needles are used to help penetrate the skin and the thickened wall of the vein accurately and with minimal trauma. Sometimes blunt needles are used (if a buttonholing technique is being employed). ...Read more

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Please tell me what can I use to numb my arm before getting poked with needles for dialysis?

Please tell me what can I use to numb my arm before getting poked with needles for dialysis?

Numbing of arm: You can do several things to make your arm numb so the cannulation (c) of your vascular access is less troublesome. One is ask the physician to order the nurses to inject some Lidocaine (l) over the sites they use for cannulation, or use some l ointment. Another option is to spray Ethyl Chloride over the access sites of c, this causes the skin to be numb for a brief period of time. Good luck. ...Read more

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My father, a diabetic patient & now undergone dialysis having needle sensation if on his chest skin.Can u explain about it & how to cure it?

My father, a diabetic patient & now undergone dialysis having needle sensation if on his chest skin.Can u explain about it & how to cure it?

Unfortunately: Unfortunately when you have kidney disease and need dialysis your skin does not work correctly. You can have a secondary dermatitis and unusual skin sensations. Please see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. ...Read more

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A year of dialysis, stopping for six weeks and then starting again...What happens? Is it painful to start again after six weeks worth of toxins?

A year of dialysis, stopping for six weeks and then starting again...What happens? Is it painful to start again after six weeks worth of toxins?

Re-starting dialysis: I am not sure of the reasons for the discontinuance of your hemodialysis (h) sessions. It appears that you regained some of your renal function, which allowed you to come off dialysis and it appears that it went down making it necessary for you to restart. The dialysis procedure which removes toxins and fluid is not physically painful. Good luck. ...Read more

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What would causes a dialysis permacath access site to suddenly become sore and painful?

What would causes a dialysis permacath access site to suddenly become sore and painful?

Permacath redness: Have your nephrologist (n) or dialysis nurse look at it. You may have a cellulitis in the permacath's (p) insertion site. You may need antibiotics to treat it. You should also ask your n to refer you to a vascular surgeon for an av fistula creation so you can be free of your p and have a much lower risk of such infections and feel better. ...Read more

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80 yr old mom has swollen middle finger very painful and nail bed oozes liquid pus. What could be causing this? She is diabetic, on dialysis

80 yr old mom has swollen middle finger very painful and nail bed oozes liquid pus. What could be causing this?  She is diabetic, on dialysis

Finger infection: I am sorry to hear about your mother's pain, and symptoms. She is at increased risk for infections due to diabetes and being on dialysis. Symptoms of swelling and pus drainage sound consistent with a nail bed infection, however swelling of the entire finger with pain sound as though an infection could be spreading. A medical professional should evaluate the finger as soon as feasible. ...Read more