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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

Dr. William Singer
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Seizure Disorder (Definition)

Seizure disorder also known as epilepsy, is a neurological condition in which the brain's abnormal electrical activity causes muscular convulsions and altered mental states. Epilepsy is diagnosed when an individual has ...Read more


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Got refused for an EEG for seizure like symptoms and was told my bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) levels are low causing symptoms but labs are normal? Gave me a paper bag?

Hyperventilation: The paper bag is to treat hyperventilation. The idea is to recapture exhaled carbon dioxide to correct your blood ph. Breathing too deeply or too rapidly can lead to the feeling you cannot catch your breath, carpal pedal spasm of the wrists and even loss of consciousness. ...Read more

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Seizures caused from depleation of good sodium in my body. Caused from over medication of drug soma. Went into hospital, they brought sodium levels up through i.V's. Taking Depakote 500 mg. 1x per day to avoid seizures. Suggest support groups, effects on

Seizures caused from depleation of good sodium in my body. Caused from over medication of drug soma. Went into hospital, they brought sodium levels up through i.V's. Taking Depakote 500 mg. 1x per day to avoid seizures. Suggest support groups, effects on

It: It is probably true than anyone can have a seizure under the right conditions. These conditions include poisoning by prescription or recreational drugs, withdrawal from prescription or recreational drugs (including alcohol), brain injuries, general illnesses, and abnormal levels of blood salts (electrolytes -- including sodium). When people have seizures with provocation, they are not considered to have epilepsy, and usually don't require long term seizure medication.

People who have a tendency to have repeated seizures with little or no provocation have epilepsy. The diagnosis is made by history, and supported by results from tests like brain-wave recordings (eegs) and brain imaging (usually mri). Epilepsy usually does require long-term use of seizure medications like depakote, or other interventions like epilepsy surgery.

Taking Depakote for a provoked seizure is an unusual clinical approach. Depakote can be given for other reasons. Since Depakote use can be accompanied by serious short term and long term side effects, it is important to see a doctor to develop a better understanding for its use in specific cases. ...Read more

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Does low sodium contribute to seizures?

Does low sodium contribute to seizures?

Low sodium: Low serum sodium concentrations in circulating blood sure can lead to seizures. If serum sodium concentrations drop fast, then brain sweiling happens rapidly with compression of brain matter. Seizure, coma, brain herniation can result. Low serum sodium concentrations are not induced by low sodium diets. Please don't confuse these. ...Read more

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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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Low sodium 126, high bp, Diovan (valsartan) 320mg, wine drinker, sudden seizures. Test negative. What's happening?

Low sodium 126, high bp, Diovan (valsartan) 320mg, wine drinker, sudden seizures. Test negative. What's happening?

Complicated: Diovan (valsartan) can cause low sodium. Check. Of course, it is given for high blood pressure. Check. Alcohol in xs raises BP & can lower sodium. Check. Alcohol withdrawal is one of many causes of seizures. Check. Test negative - huh? Which test? ...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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Can sudden Hypernatremia (resulting in seizures, petechiae and trouble walking) cause permanent CNS problems? Even if sodium corrected within 2 hours?

Can sudden Hypernatremia (resulting in seizures, petechiae and trouble walking) cause permanent CNS problems? Even if sodium corrected within 2 hours?

Time Heals AllWounds: That's a difficult question to answer. If the sodium was real high and brought down too quick, that might be a problem. But the seizures and skin lesions sound like the problem was pretty serious, so it may take more than a minute to get all better. Probably need some rehab and close follow-up. If this was an infection, then it could take a while. If something else, depends on a lot of things. ...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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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

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Is it safe to take codeine when on sodium valproate. Had a major seizure last night after taking it.

Is it safe to take codeine when on sodium valproate. Had a major seizure last night after taking it.

No interaction: There is really no interaction, however, if your seizures have been under good control until you took the codeine, then I would not risk it again. Anything that depresses the nervous system (brain) can precipitate a seizure. ...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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Can low thyroid levels cause grandmal seizure?

Can low thyroid levels cause grandmal seizure?

Typically not: Low thyroid typically causes one to slow down, gain weight, have memory problems, and a number of other symptoms... But not typically seizures. ...Read more

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If your oxygen level drops too low, could that cause a non epileptic seizure. Also, if you have severe COPD would exercise lower your oxygen level.

If your oxygen level drops too low, could that cause a non epileptic seizure. Also, if you have severe COPD would exercise lower your oxygen level.

Yes and yes: A very low oxygen tension can make people have seizure like activity or unconsciousness depending on the response of the cells of circuitry in your brain. The cells can become irritable and have more discharges. People with COPD are exercised to see if they need o2 as oxygenation can drop with activity depending on the severity of disease. ...Read more

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My bloods show low calcium.... Is 2.17 mmol/l. - adjusted for albumin 2.24 mmol/l severely low or just low? Can that low level cause seizures etc?

My bloods show low calcium.... Is 2.17 mmol/l. - adjusted for albumin 2.24 mmol/l severely low or just low? Can that low level cause seizures etc?

Low limit of normal: Your calcium is at the lower limit of normal. At this level it not likley to cause any symptoms. You may wish to increase your intake of milk to ensure enough calcium and protein in your diet. See this site for more info.

http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/books/nbk250. ...Read more

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Haven't had a seizure in 15 years after having 1 at age 16 Dilantin level always low always have been 3.1 could this med cause problems if not needed?

Haven't had a seizure in 15 years after having 1 at age 16 Dilantin level always low always have been 3.1 could this med cause problems if not needed?

Put this away: This issue is over. Get it behind you. The issue is far gone and no longer part of your life. You are carrying anxiety and obsession that has taken over as the disorder. ...Read more

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I have not had a seizure since I had 2 in my teens im 30 now and take Dilantin but levels always been low my dr won't give me EEG cause ctscan was fine?

SEIZURES: That means you are well controlled with your present meds. Lab. Always show low levels yet there are no seizures. ...Read more

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If I am seizure free for 14 years on low level Dilantin is there any point to switch to topamax (topiramate) my dr says cause the Dilantin is doing nothing?

If I am seizure free for 14 years on low level Dilantin is there any point to switch to topamax (topiramate) my dr says cause the Dilantin is doing nothing?

It depends: If you are really seizure free for 14 years on any dose of Dilantin and tolerating it well, you may not need to switch. Furthermore ask whether you really need Dilantin at all. Some patients can have good control with low level of dilantin. It depends on the kind of epilepsy you have. If no seizures, there is no real advantage to switching to topamax (topiramate) or other meds. ...Read more

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Can taking too much Synthroid (thyroxine) plus cytomel, therefore having a very low TSH level, cause seizures?

Can taking too much Synthroid (thyroxine) plus cytomel, therefore having a very low TSH level, cause seizures?

Possible: Both high and low thyroid states can be associated with seizures. Seizures can be seen in 5-10% of high thyroid states and even more commonly when it is due to an overdose with medication. If you are experiencing this, go to the nearest er as this condition is life-threatening and needs immediate attention. Your doctors will also search for other conditions that may be causing seizures. ...Read more

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Does too much salt cause seizures I was curious.

Table salt?: Abnormalities of sodium can cause seizures, either high sodium (hypernatremia) or low sodium (hyponatremia). Both conditions can be very dangerous with serious damage to the brain possible. However, both conditions are usually caused by an imbalance of water, rather than excessive intake or lack of salt/sodium. Hyponatremia can be seen in people who drink very excessive amounts of water. ...Read more

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Can low progesterone cause absense seizures?

Can low progesterone cause absense seizures?

Some link: There is evidence that some types of seizures are related to a drop in progesterone. These are quite rare and would need to be managed by a neurologist. ...Read more

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Can alprozolam cause seizures in such a low dose?

Can alprozolam cause seizures in such a low dose?

Xanax (alprazolam): Sudden withdrawal after regular high dose use can. ...Read more

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If low oxygen levels are causing seizures would the best way to treat them be finding out why oxygen is dropping?

If low oxygen levels are causing seizures would the best way to treat them be finding out why oxygen is dropping?

If that is the case?: When you experience a seizure, your oxygen level might dip and your carbon dioxide will also change. Many metabolic changes accompany seizures. I suspect that oxygenation due to seizure activity, not the reverse. You do not list your current anti-seizure meds, but I presume you are taking some medication. Altering your medicines may successfully control the seizures. ...Read more

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Can low potassium cause seizures?

Can low potassium cause seizures?

No: Low potassium can cause muscle pain, cramps, weakness, paralysis, and even heart rhythm changes. Extent of symptoms are in part related to severity of drop in levels. ...Read more

Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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Sodium (Definition)

It's an element that is important in the cell functions ...Read more