I am new to this forum and I have lots of questions. I have read a couple of the 'nearing dialysis' threads but my questions are a little different.
Brief history: I am diabetic, 47, a woman and at about 7-10% functionality and have been hovering around there since July 2013. I have been working out and have lost around 30 pounds. The anemia kicked in pretty bad and even though I am on ProCrit, the fatigue has become daunting and I am finding it difficult to just everyday things, much less hit the gym. If I lose another 25 pounds, I can get a pancreas-kidney transplant, but I fear it will take too long to achieve that goal. I have fistula just below my arm bend. I opted out of PD because I understand that there can be significant weight gain, which defeats my purpose.
So, my question is, does dialysis help the fatigue, tiredness, general bad feeling diminish at all? How do you feel afterwards? I have some sporadic nausea but no sickness, yet. What can I expect between treatments?
More questions... Will it help the weight come off easier? I have been on an adjusted dialysis diet since last summer, plus the exercising but I am hitting wall after wall & I think my metabolism just needs one kick to get it back in motion. Does the dialysis help with bloating? I think its mostly water retention that's causing the problem.
Well, that's where my head is at for the moment. I really appreciate any insight as to what lies ahead. The good part is, I have a possible kidney match so I can opt to just get a kidney now and not bother with a pancreas. But, I need more information to make a clear decision.
Thank you for your time!