Like any big change, adapting to in-center hemodialysis can take some time. Just remember that the dialysis treatment will be worth it and your care team will be there to support you through every step of treatment.
Getting the most out of dialysis sessions
It’s important to complete your entire treatment session to get the full benefits. Stopping even 5 minutes early can affect your health. You may not feel the effects of shortened or missed treatments immediately, but not getting enough dialysis allows waste to accumulate in your body over time – and can cause serious health complications.
Talk to your care team about any discomfort
Occasionally, you may experience symptoms during dialysis such as abdominal cramping, nausea or other side effects. Let your care team know. They may need to check your access, review your hemodialysis treatment prescription or medications to help you feel better.
How do I know if my treatment is working?
Even when dialysis is working well, it still takes some time to start to feel better and see the results you want. Stay with it! The best measure of how well your treatment is going will be through your nephrologist’s assessment of your blood test results.