Why do I get a Migraine after dialysis?

Ask the Clinician Health Guide June 09, 2011
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    Hi there, can you tell me why after dialysis, I get a migraine. I have been on dialysis a year now, and only on dialysis days, do I get a migraine when I reach home, which last for hours, with nausea. Please help, I can't take it anymore. Thanks, Devika.

     

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    Dear Devika;

     

    Dialysis removes key minerals like magnesium, etc. This may be in part responsible for the Migraines after the procedure. Several studies have shown that 36-76% of dialysis patients experienced headache after dialysis. CGRP and Substance P may also play a role. I'd try to get the renal doctor to infuse Magnesium prior to the dialysis to see if you can block the Migraine.

     

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    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

     

     

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