Kidney failure also known as renal failure are other names for Uremia. Uremia can happen due to multiple reason such as injury to the kidney, certain diseases or surgeries. Kidneys play very important role in cleansing the body. All the toxins in the body get accumulated in the blood and when it passed through the kidney, the filters in the kidney takes out the toxins and passes it out of the body through the urine.
When Kidney does not function properly due to various reasons including uremia the body cannot eliminate the toxins which then build up very fast in the blood and in the body. Usually these are nitrogenous wastes and they can cause many common symptoms including fatigue, swelling of legs, itching, seizures, unable to think properly and lower sex drive on both men and women.
Other conditions include problems in thyroid gland functioning which can cause hypothyroidism and diabetes because of insulin resistance.
How Uremia Can Cause Constipation
One of the side effects of uremia is neuropathy. Neuropathy is a condition where in nerves are damages due to various conditions. When the nitrogen wastes in the blood remain high for a long time it gradually starts to affect many nerves and other tissues. Nerves are the tissues through which brain communicates to various organs of the body.
There are many functions in the body which are controlled by autonomous nervous system. This means that these functions happen automatically and involuntarily. Neuropathy also damages nerves which are used in autonomous nervous system functioning. The functioning of the intestines is controlled by autonomous nervous system which causes the peristaltic movements. Peristaltic movements are constant expansion and contraction of the intestinal muscles which causes the food being digested to be moved forward for elimination. When this movement becomes weak it causes constipation. Hence uremia may become the reason for constipation.
What is the common treatment for Uremia?
Usually hospitalization is needed for the treatment of uremia. Commonly these patients are needed to undergo dialysis since that can take out the toxins quickly from the body. Many patients may also opt for kidney transplantation in case of acute problems though it may take a long time it no donor is found.
Patients who are suffering from uremia should take light diet with less salt and avoid spicy foods, high protein diets and strenuous exercises. You would also need to take advice of your physical to ensure that proper care is being taken to avoid further complications.