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How To Handle Low Sodium Levels
Dehydration: Dehydration is treated with fluids, which can given either by mouth or intravenously, depending on how dehydrated the patient is. How low one's creatinine (c) falls after hydration depends on what the person's baseline c was. Normally, the greater the serum sodium and creatinine are the greater the percentage fall in both after fluids are given. If dehydration is severe, a person is hospitalized. ...Read more
Blood potassium level of 3.4...How long will it take to restore to normal levels by eating more potassium rich foods and how much do I need to add?
Don't treat labs: The labs are to help your physician identify disease. If you are running a low sodium level and do not know why, you have addison's until proved otherwise. It's not all that likely, but people do get it, and it does get missed. I won't trouble you with other possibilities, and if the value is only slightly below reference range (most-but-not-all healthy couch potatoes), you can ignore it. ...Read more
May not need to: Lab testing isn't "one size fits all." a lab may list 1.2 as the "upper limit of the reference range", but a muscular patient can and should have a higher level. When i was lifting daily, my creatinine stayed at 1.6, and an elite bodybuilder's is likely to 2.0 or so. The level itself doesn't make you sick; it's just one piece of information to tell whether there's kidney disease. ...Read more
Nothing: My guess is the hormones levels were just drawn at the early part of the cycle, which is exactly what you would expect to see at that time. If the hormones were drawn late in the cycle, the result would be the opposite. Probably does not need any treatment at all. ...Read more
Diet: I'm not sure if this answers your question but to decrease the amount that goes into your body, you need to modify your diet by eating foods with less salt and less sugar. If you ask about whats already in your system, typically we have to let the body take care of itself and there isn't much we can do to eliminate sodium or sugar faster. All in all you're right in wanting less of those two things ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What happens if our bodies have excess or high blood sodium levels, what happens to the kidney to regulate sodium levels?
Its water problem: Alteration in sodium levels in the blood is related to water loss or gain, not related to sodium intake. Kidneys and thirst mechanism regulate water metabolism, hence sodium levels.If you increase sodium in the blood by increased sweating, kidneys retain more water to normalize sodium levels.If you have less sodium in the blood due to increased retention of ater, kdienys excrete more water. ...Read more
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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
How much water would a person have to drink over a period of 12 hours in order to develop hyponatremia? I've drank about 9 cups of fluid in 12 hours, but I feel like that's too much. Also, I have a mildly low K level (3.2), so is that too much H2O?
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
See below: Hyponatremia or low sodium level has many causes.Low levels may be asymptomatic or accompanied by non specific symptoms like generalized weakness, and changes in mentation and cognitive function and in severe or rapid lowering of sodium cause seizures. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Low Sodium in Blood: Although the term hyponatremia means "low sodium in blood", it is caused by abnormal handling of water by the kidneys. Reabsorption of water in the kidneys rely on a hormone called ADH (vasopressin) produced in the brain and there are instances where a high concentration is secreted either appropriately (e.g. severe volume contraction) or inapproprately (e.g. medication causing SIADH (vasopressin)). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Excess water: Exertional hyponatremia generally occurs when a person loses excessive amounts of both water and electrolytes (usually through profuse sweating during heavy exercise or warm temperatures). Instead of replacing both, the individual only replaces the water component resulting in relatively excess water in the body. This may result in impairment in brain function due to changes in brain cells. ...Read more
Low sodium: Euvolemia means you are neither fluid overloaded nor dehydrated. Hypontremia is a difficult medical problem. Some people develop low sodium in the blood as the kidneys are absorbing more water than they should. There are several tests to be done, to figure out the reason. You must contact your doctor for futher advice and tests. ...Read more
Elderly and children: Hyponatremia or low salt level in the blood can cause confusion among other problems. Everyone whose blood sodium drops low enough ( especially if a drastic shift) will be symptomatic but the elderly and young children are most vulnerable both to having the condition and being symptomatic. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hyponatremia time: Hyponatremia (H) lasts as long as it is not treated. If one has H due to sodium (S) loss due to diuretics, unless the diuretics are stopped and more S is given to the patient, the S will not improve. If the H gets worse, then the patient may have a seizure and/or die. H can be a serious illness is therapy is started early and appropriately. ...Read more
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
Tolvaptan: Tolvaptan can be used in treating euvolemic or hypervolemic hyponatremia and it may provide some benefit in that fluid restriction can be eased. However, the high cost and the concern for liver toxicity limit its widespread use. Also it should not be used for more than 30 days to minimize the risk of liver toxicity. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Low serum sodium: Electrolyte disturbance in which the sodium concentration in the serum is lower than normal ie usually lower than 135. It is usually an abnormality of water balance rather than sodium balance. Symptoms include confusion, delirium, lack of coordination, and severe cases can be life threatening. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Here are some to ...: First, always do best we can to figure out what cause hyponatremia. Second, decide if symptoms are urgent or chronic. If urgent, give IV infusion of Normal Saline or higher concentratee NaCl under close monitoring clinical Sx & electrolyte; if chronic, give optional IV NaCl infusion and watch. But either way & conditions, always look into how to correct its underlying causes for long-term care... ...Read more
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