What is kidney disease?
Kidney disease, or renal disease, is anything that affects how the kidneys work. In chronic kidney disease there is a long term problem which can progress. Patients usually require dialysis and may eventually need a kidney transplant. Fatigue has a serious effect on the quality of life of patients with kidney disease.
Other symptoms include:
⇒ Loss of appetite
⇒ Extreme tiredness
⇒ Sleep problems
⇒ Either too much or too little production of urine
⇒ Feeling 'foggy', reduced mental alertness
⇒ Muscle twitches and cramps
⇒ Swelling especially the feet and ankles
⇒ Itchy skin
⇒ Pain in the chest
⇒ Feeling out of breath
Kidney disease can be caused by other health problems such as :
⇑ High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
⇑ recurrent infections and inflammation
⇒ Prostate problems
What is haemodialysis?
Haemodialysis, also known as kidney dialysis, is the conventional treatment used to clean the blood in patients with kidney disease and end stage renal disease. When patients arrive for haemodialysis their blood has a high level of toxins and they are often demoralised and in a state of profound fatigue.
What is Qi Gong?
Qi Gong is an ancient Chinese system of exercise and movement that is designed to conserve and build energy. The movements are slow and do not stress or strain the body, making Qi Gong a natural choice for patients with chronic and potentially terminal illnesses that limit their ability to move and exercise.
What was the Study?
A new controlled trial has been published that investigated whether Qi Gong exercise affects the levels of fatigue in haemodialysis patients. In the study the patients were split into two groups. Group one received the usual routine care. Group two were taught Qi Gong exercises and practised this three times a week for six months whilst continuing to receive the usual routine care. At the start of the study all of the patients had mild to moderate fatigue and there was no difference between the two groups.
What were the results?
The Qi Gong group had lower levels of fatigue after 8 weeks compared to the other group, and the reduction in fatigue carried through for the whole of the 6 months of the study. The results back up other studies on Qi Gong, that show it is beneficial for patients suffering from cancer treatment side effects, chronic fatigue as well as mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.
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