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Doctor insights on: Extreme Salt Craving

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Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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Sodium (Definition)

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


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Can methylprednisolone cause intense sweet food cravings?

Can methylprednisolone cause intense sweet food cravings?

YES: Methylprednisolone (medrol) is a steroid used to treat inflammatory conditions. In general, Medrol (methylprednisolone) can cause weight gain. One mechanism for the weight gain is that it can cause cravings for many different types of food. ...Read more

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Will low iodine cause salt cravings and high bp?

Will low iodine cause salt cravings and high bp?

No : Iodine is added to salt to help prevent goiter (thyroid deficiency) because it's an easy way to introduce iodine into the population. It has nothing to do with salt per se. Nor will it affect your bp. ...Read more

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Do alcoholics crave salt?

Do alcoholics crave salt?

No: No more than anyone else craves salt. (unless margaritas are the drink of choice and then, only around the rim of the glass). ...Read more

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Can high sodium intake/levels in body cause bloating feeling & headache?

Can high sodium intake/levels in body cause bloating feeling & headache?

Yes: They can increase fluid retention and headaches. Also will lead to electrolyte imbalance and other problems. ...Read more

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Sudden onset of cold sweat, weak, hot, shaking hands, fast breath, intense craving for sugar candy or orange juice. Stop after eating candy.....?

Sudden onset of cold sweat, weak, hot, shaking hands, fast breath, intense  craving for sugar candy or orange juice. Stop after eating candy.....?

Blood sugar?: Sounds like one of a few things - anxiety or dehydration ( which were cured by time) or hypoglycemia (which was cured by the sugar). There are a few other less likely things down the list. You should eat, sleep and exercise regularly. If this is recurrent or you actually lose consciousness as a result of one of these episodes you might want to see someone. ...Read more

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Cannot quench extreme thirst. Appetite decreased, weight loss, bruising, headaches, hip and leg pain along w dull ache, fatigue, insomnia, diarrhea?

Cannot quench extreme thirst. Appetite decreased, weight loss, bruising, headaches, hip and leg pain along w dull ache, fatigue, insomnia, diarrhea?

Run to Dr.: This combination of symptoms suggests possible severe illness and requires immediate medical attention. Schedule appointment to see doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Why would someone suddenly crave salt and vinegar?

Why would someone suddenly crave salt and vinegar?

Food cravings: can be due to low vitamins or minerals in the body. Craving can also be from a food sensitivity or allergy to the very food we crave. Please see your doc who MAY do some lab testing. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Does drinking water with table salt prevents hyponatremia during severe vomitting?

Does drinking water with table salt prevents hyponatremia during severe vomitting?

Hyponatremia is: very uncommon with just an episode of vomiting unless it is very prolonged, and by then most people would have sought medical attention. Heavily salted water can lead to further GI problems and further dehydration. Gatorade, pedilyte and similar preparations are safer and more effective, ...Read more

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Are cravings for sweet and salty foods connected to anaemia?

Are cravings for sweet and salty foods connected to anaemia?

Usually not: The most common cause of anemia is iron deficiency usually from chronic blood loss (heavy menstrual periods in women or unsuspected bleeding from the stomach or colon). Iron deficiency seems to induce a craving in the diet for something that resembles metallic qualities of iron (hardness, taste or color) - ice cubes or chips, hard candy, or even inedible things like dirt. This is called pica. ...Read more

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Increasingly often i get episodes of severe lightheadedness, faint feeling, hot and cold waves and crave something sweet and very thirsty. No diabetes?

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Increasingly often i get episodes of severe lightheadedness, faint feeling, hot and cold waves and crave something sweet and very thirsty. No diabetes?

More data: Depression is a risk factor for diabetes; with your symptoms, you should be tested for diabetes. However, some of your symptoms may be connected with your anxiety. It is important to discuss these symptoms with your primary care provider. Additionally, you should discuss taking both Clonazepam and lorazepam; these are not good long term medications for anxiety, as they are very addicting. ...Read more

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Can caffeine extreme energy drinks cause dyspepsia?

Can caffeine extreme energy drinks cause dyspepsia?

Absolutely: Those drinks are notoriously acidic and can cause some severe dyspepsia. You may want to discuss it with your GI doc if it continues. In the mean time, try stopping and see if dyspepsia decreases. Hope that helps and best of luck! ...Read more

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Extreme tiredness extreme weakness always feeling hungry can't keep my eyes open confusion dizziness and extreme sleepiness?

Extreme tiredness extreme weakness always feeling hungry can't keep my eyes open confusion dizziness and extreme sleepiness?

Blood sugar check: Your symptoms can be due to possibly high blood sugar but if not consider evaluation for Sleep Apnea. Nevertheless you need to see a doctor right away. ...Read more

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Some people experience palps after eating heavy meals that are rich in carb, sugar, fat, high level of MSG, nitrates & sodium (webmd.com). Why could?

Some people experience palps after eating heavy meals that are rich in carb, sugar, fat, high level of MSG, nitrates & sodium (webmd.com). Why could?

Multiple responses: Carbs and sugar effect changes in insulin and blood sugar levels which, when abnormal, can cause palpitations. SMG and sodium causes salt and fluid retention, high blood pressure and heart failure with palpitations. Nitrates cause asthma and allergies in some. I'm not aware of fat causing immediate palpitations. ...Read more

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Obesity after controlled diet n exercise extreme hunger dry skin no satiety after eating daily headache from 3 to 5 noon freq urination normal thyroid?

Obesity after controlled diet n exercise extreme hunger dry skin no satiety after eating daily headache from 3 to 5 noon freq urination normal thyroid?

Satiety can be: achieved w/good fats. Low fat diet will not do it. Please see a nutritionist and a trainer at a gym after you see your doc for clearance. Good fats include olive oil, fish oil, and coconut oil. Avoid transfats found in packaged foods. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can stevia cause sugar cravings, like aspartame and sugar do?

Sorry: But none of the artificial sweeteners cause sugar cravings -- you just like sweet things and are probably overweight and Insulin resistant because of it. Don't get your medical information from friends, tv or the internet. ...Read more