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Mum had Hyponatremia sodium 108 went to ED. it was BP medication since she came out she is confused it is now 131 how long should she be confused?

Mum had Hyponatremia sodium 108 went to ED.  it was BP medication since she came out she is confused it is now 131 how long should she be confused?

Confused: Two things: 1: Please call your mother's doctor! 2: Consider a consult with a Psychologist. Please keep me posted. PS: I have two brothers with family in London and I hope to see them in December! Can't wait. ...Read more

Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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Is there a treatment for hyponatremia (low sodium)?

Is there a treatment for hyponatremia (low sodium)?

Multiple: There are many different types of treatment. However the treatment varies depending on what type of hyponatremia you have. If you have hyponatremia from dehydration, you must have a liquids that have salt (ckn broth or normal saline) in them. If you had hyponatremia because you retain too much fluid, then you must use a water pill to get rid of the excess water and improve your serum sodium. ...Read more

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I have hyponatremia, low chloride and high TSH 12.8. Sodium went to 116. Many hospitalizations. Take 10 1gr sodium tabs. Fluid res?

I have hyponatremia, low chloride and high TSH 12.8.  Sodium went to 116.  Many hospitalizations. Take 10 1gr sodium tabs. Fluid res?

Low sodium: You need to see an endocrinologist (ea) as soon as possible. You are hypothyroid (h) with your high tsh. That could be one cause of your low sodium (ls). Ls is a life-threatening situation. See an e, get your h treated with medicine and you may stop the need for your sodium pills and avoid future hospitalizations. You will also begin to feel better. ...Read more

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I have been told by my dr. subscribed 1 gm of sodium chloride 2x's daily for chronic hyponatremia...they cause nausea-vomiting. could I be allergic?

I have been told by my dr. subscribed 1 gm of sodium chloride 2x's daily for chronic hyponatremia...they cause nausea-vomiting. could I be allergic?

Wrong treatment: Hi. The treatment for hyponatremia depends on the patient's volume status (dehydrated, volume over-loaded, or normal volume status) and the underlying cause. The most common cause, SIADH, is treated with water restriction (or one of the new vaptan drugs), NOT by giving salt. Nausea and vomiting can be FROM severe hyponatremia. It wouldn't be a bad idea for you to see an endocrinologist. ...Read more

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I have long standing hyponatremia, low chloride plus high TSH 12.8. I have been hospitalized mult times had seizure. Taking 10 1gr sodium. Fluid res?

I have long standing hyponatremia, low chloride plus high TSH 12.8. I have been hospitalized mult times had  seizure.  Taking 10 1gr sodium. Fluid res?

FInd out why: I trust you are not taking a diuretic for some reason, and i trust you do not have inappropriate ADH (vasopressin) secretion due to porphyria or some other illness. Especially, i hope you don't have undiagnosed addison's disease especially with the high TSH (possible schmidt's). Have you been evaluated for one of the syndromes of renal sodium wasting? ...Read more

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How much time does it take to recover from hyponatremia (sodium deficiency)?

How much time does it take to recover from hyponatremia (sodium deficiency)?

Water excess: Hi. Hyponatremia is virtually ALWAYS due to water excess, NOT sodium deficiency. Depending on how LOW below normal your sodium is, correction may have to be done fairly gradually to prevent harm. You need to see a competent diagnostician to assess your volume status (fluid overloaded, dehydrated, or normal), and causative conditions, then institute water restriction (or a vaptan drug). Good luck! ...Read more

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Ckd patient with hyponatremia. Is it safe to take 650 mg sodium bicarbonate with 40 mg lasix (furosemide) to prevent water retention? Is sodium bicarbonate renoprotective?

Ckd patient with hyponatremia.  Is it safe to take 650 mg sodium bicarbonate with 40 mg lasix (furosemide) to prevent water retention?  Is sodium bicarbonate renoprotective?

Depends: Bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate)) is not reno-protective. However, high acid levels in the blood affect heart function, muscle function and kidney function. Reducing the blood acid level (seen by a rising bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) level or pH level) improves muscle function including the heart which improves kidney circulation. It also allows the kidneys to better control potassium levels. You can help the process by avoiding sodas! ...Read more

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Could a runner running in the heat who was drinking a sport drink with only potassium chloride and carbohydrates (no sodium at all) get hyponatremia?

Could a runner running in the heat who was drinking a sport drink with only potassium chloride  and carbohydrates (no sodium at all) get hyponatremia?

Yes. : Any drink that doesn't taste like the ocean is mostly water, regardless of whether it contains sodium or not. Long distance runners can be susceptible to hyponatremia, and risk factors include long distances (marathons, ultra-marathons), women, low body weight, inadequate training, and water loading before and during the race, especially if more weight is gained by water than lost by sweat. ...Read more

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I know it's not good. Drink diet pop all day. But Y would my labs show LOW sodium (129) low bun/creatine ratio? I drink lot of sodium?? Neuro confused

I know it's not good. Drink diet pop all day. But Y would my labs show LOW sodium (129) low bun/creatine ratio? I drink lot of sodium?? Neuro confused

Confusing : Hard to say. Unless you are drinking excessive amounts of soda and water it shouldn't drop your sodium. Your nephrologist should be able to determine the source of the low sodium. ...Read more

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Low aldosterone, normal renin. Sodium 141(135-145), potassium 3.4(3.5-5.0) confused, shouldnt sodium be lower if low aldosterone and potassium higher?

Low aldosterone, normal renin. Sodium 141(135-145), potassium 3.4(3.5-5.0) confused, shouldnt sodium be lower if low aldosterone and potassium higher?

Sodium is difficult: Sodium regulation is complex and not directly related to any single hormone. Mineralocorticoids like Fludrocortisone can increase sodium a bit and do cause sodium retention of sodium, but the sodium level is mostly regulated by a hormone called adh (vasopressin). ...Read more

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On lithium(level 0.73),divalproex sodium(500mg), olanzapine(15mg). Which is likely to be causing my cognitive impairment, and confusion while speaking?

On lithium(level 0.73),divalproex sodium(500mg), olanzapine(15mg). Which is likely to be causing my cognitive impairment, and confusion while speaking?

Maybe: These are three medications that surely can occasionally affect cognition. You need to have a open heart discussion with your doctors, he/she might has strong reason for above three medications. ...Read more

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Acute hyponatremia is caused by?

Acute hyponatremia is caused by?

excess water: The inability of the body to lose excess water is the leading cause. Low na is a serious condition which requires investigation and treatment. ...Read more

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What causes hyponatremia in summer?

What causes hyponatremia in summer?

Too much water: Hyponatremia is a disorder of water balance. In the summer as you describe it would because most likely by in excess of water ingestion, or dehydration overall. Excess water consumption can actually be dangerous, and there have been several deaths in marathon runners from drinking too much water. ...Read more

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What other conditions may cause hyponatremia?

Los serum sodium: Many conditions can cause hyponatremia (h). Some are, antidepressants, diuretics, cirrhosis of the liver, fluid retention seen in kidney and congestive heart failure, syndrome of inappropriate ADH (vasopressin) secretion addison's disease. Vomiting and too much water intake. H can be a life threatening condition if the sodium gets too low. Go see a doctor to find out the cause and the treatment of h. ...Read more

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What causes hyponatremia and hyperkalemia?

What causes hyponatremia and hyperkalemia?

Hyponatremia: The answers to your questions cannot fit in allotted space. For the causes of hyponatremia go to this link: http://www.Mayoclinic.Org/diseases-conditions/hyponatremia/basics/causes/con-20031445 for the causes of hyperkalemia go to this link: http://www.Mayoclinic.Org/symptoms/hyperkalemia/basics/causes/sym-20050776 good luck. ...Read more

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Could drinking 80 oz. Of water a day cause hyponatremia?

Could drinking 80 oz. Of water a day cause hyponatremia?

Depends: In a person with normal kidney function, the exceess/unneccessary/free water is easily excreted. In patients with abnormal function (low gfr), patients with dehydration (excess water reabsorption), patients taking certain diuretics, on certain medications or in certain diseases, the absorption of water can be increased inappropriately. ...Read more

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How does ADH (vasopressin) cause hyponatremia?

How does ADH (vasopressin) cause hyponatremia?

ADH (vasopressin): Antidiuretic hormone prevents diuresis which causes fluid retention which causes dilution of electrolytes, including sodium, hence low level. ...Read more

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