My mum started haemodialysis 4 months ago. Everything started really well, we all noticed a great imrovement in her. She was literally shrinking before our eyes as all the fluid was removed, this in turn helped her breathing, appetite, sleeping and mood.
However, the last 6 weeks have been awful for her. She's been experiencing symptoms that were believed to be those of a panic attack whilst undergoing dialysis, so they've been trying to treat it with diazepam...but to no avail. They've since informed us that my mothers symptoms are in actual fact a physiological response to the act of dialysis itself. Her blood pressure drops, her oxygen levels drop and she has the uncontrollable twitches. The medical staff have advised that the dialysis process is proving to be too harsh for her and that she needs to undertake a gentler dialysis at a different unit (20miles from home).
Has anyone else experienced this? Will it get better? It's making my mum very depressed and resulting in her avoiding attending dialyisis regularly. I'm concerned that if it continues she may stop going all together.
Thank you in advance for your responses.