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Can the sodium level in an elderly person's blood rise 10 points in just 72 hours on its own?

Can the sodium level in an elderly person's blood rise 10 points in just 72 hours on its own?

Sodium Dehydration: Elevated sodium suddenly, in an elderly, is usually due to dehydration or poor PO intake. Also, it results from an occult infection, for example urinary tract infection. Get blood & urine checked, please. ...Read more

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I'm 54 yrs and my doc said I have low blood sodium. What can cause this besides medications?

I'm 54 yrs and my doc said I have low blood sodium. What can cause this besides medications?

Hypoactive thyroid: Is another possible reason if all the medications have been excluded. Have your doctor check TSH level. ...Read more

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Which is worse low blood sodium or high?

Which is worse low blood sodium or high?

Low or high sodium: Neither a how or low sodium (s) level is good. High s occurs when one losses water in excess of s. Dehydration is an example of this. Low s occurs when there is a loss of s in the urine, from diuretics, for example. Another form of low s is when patients are retaining fluid. This is caused by the same amount of s in an increased volume of water. Both high and low s are abnormal and neither if good. ...Read more

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What would cause your sodium levels to be slightly low on a blood test?

What would cause your sodium levels to be slightly low on a blood test?

How low?: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, your "low" sodium may still be in the normal range. It may appear to be low if you drank a lot of water before the test, had excessive sweating recently. See this site for info. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003481.htm ...Read more

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How is low blood sodium treated?

See below: There are many reasons or causes of low sodium and each of them require specific treatment ivfluids, water restriction, demeclocyline, tolvaptan are a few treatments seek help from a nephrologist. ...Read more

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What causes low sodium in the blood?

What causes low sodium in the blood?

Many causes!: Drinking beer to excess. Drinking water to excess. Poor adrenal gland functioning (addison's). Certain medications, usually for psychiatric issues. And many more! ...Read more

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What could low sodium in the blood indicate specifically?

What  could  low sodium in the blood indicate specifically?

How low?: Slightly lower level may normal for a given person. Excessive sweating and drinking water, without electrolytes may result in lower levels. Excessive loss through vomiting, diarrhea, diuretic uses are other causes. There are endocrine disorders that can cause low sodium. If you have any symptoms like weakness, consult your doctor. ...Read more

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My daughters blood results showed she has low sodium. What could cause this? She hasn't been sick. She is 7 years old. Everything else was normal.

Possible lab error: If your child has no symptoms and she is doing well, i would take the results with a grain of salt(joke) for your own peace of mind, get the test repeated. ...Read more

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What is a low sodium level in a blood test mean?

Dehydration: Usually in dehydration. Patient in diuretic medication, investigate the level of other electrolytes and glucose. ...Read more

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What does a low sodium count of 134 indicate (no other abnormalities in blood work)? Should i look into it further?

What does a low sodium count of 134 indicate (no other abnormalities in blood work)? Should i look into it further?

134: Some labs consider that the lower level of normal. It could be just something that is transient. Ask your doctor that did the blood tests and they know you better. ...Read more

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What happens if the sodium in the blood is high, but the blood pressure is low?

What happens if the sodium in the blood is high, but the blood pressure is low?

Not directly related: The blood level of sodium is often high in the face of dehydration and this may or may not correspond with a change in blood pressure. If one is volume depleted, the blood pressure may be low. However, some may have severe weakness of their heart muscle and the blood pressure and the sodium may both be low. It is important to correlate the medical issues involved to interpret these levels. ...Read more

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How low is "low sodium" when starting a low sodium diet with 145/89 blood pressure?

How low is "low sodium" when starting a low sodium diet with 145/89 blood pressure?

Different approach: It's very hard to measure the sodium in your diet outside of a research protocol. Try this instead: never add salt at the table unless you've tasted it and you have to have it. Avoid known salty foods like potato chips, pretzels and salted nuts. Be careful about fast food and convenience foods which tend to be salty. Follow these steps and you'll be on the best low salt diet that's reasonable ...Read more

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Would it be safe to put sea salt in my water? I have chronically low sodium and chloride in my blood.

Would it be safe to put sea salt in my water? I have chronically low sodium and chloride in my blood.

???: Why. This will make you sick and that is about all how low is your sodium? It may correct itself. Otherwise there are other remedies ...Read more

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My 3yr old had bloods done it showed high cretins and low bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) what does that mean?

My 3yr old had bloods done it showed high cretins and low bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) what does that mean?

? Kidney problems: If you mean high creatinine and low bicarbonate, (sodium bicarbonate) it may mean kidney disease or perhaps significant dehydration. Ther doctor that ordered the tests should be able to provide explanations. ...Read more