Question: My daughter is a lupus patient, she experiencing lots of nausea and vomiting, she has had a fistula put in, how long does it to be in before it matures and can be used?
Doctor: Fistula is often needed when patients are preparing for dialysis. Usually, fistula is made in the arms or legs so it is easily accessible for dialysis treatment. It usually takes six weeks to four months or more for a fistula to mature. It depends on your daughter’s medical condition. To help the fistula strengthen and mature, the patient may do some exercises, such as squeezing a rubber ball. Once the fistula has matured, it can provide good blood flow for many years of hemodialysis.
Before the fistula can be used, you should do something to alleviate your daughter’s symptoms from other way.
Nausea and vomiting may be caused by high urea nitrogen in blood or side effects of medicine. If you can send her test report to firstname.lastname@example.org, we will give you the accurate diagnosis after analysis.
Protein is the main source of urea nitrogen. You can limit your daughter’s protein intake so as to reduce the production of urea nitrogen. If it is caused by the medicines she takes, use some natural herbs instead. Traditional Chinese Medicine therapies are natural and they can help the body discharge toxin. Enema therapy, hot compress, circle therapy, moxibustion, medicated bath and so on may be useful for her to alleviate nausea and vomiting.
At last, hope your daughter overcome the disease as early as possible.