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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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