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I'm trying to eliminate salt. Now my serum sodium level has been low (not a lot) for the past 6 months. Is this related to table salt?

I'm trying to eliminate salt.  Now my serum sodium level has been low (not a lot) for the past 6 months.  Is this related to table salt?

Why?: Why are you trying to eliminate salt? The body needs to stay in balance. Too much or too little of anything is not good. Check RBC magnesium as well as RBC potassium. You may need magnesium and potassium as well to keep things in balance. ...Read more

Serum (Definition)

Serum is the component of blood that does not contain cells or clotting factors. It does contain electrolytes an ...Read more


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In central pontine myelinosis fromrapid sodium intake w/o muchwater, would the serum sodium be abnormally high or could it be normal after hydration?

In central pontine myelinosis fromrapid sodium intake w/o muchwater, would the serum sodium be abnormally high or could it be normal after hydration?

Low Sodium: Central pontine myelinosis occurs when there is rapid sodium replacement in a person with low sodium.. This can occur with going from low to normal sodium levels. ...Read more

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A test showed Serum sodium of 134 mmo1/L. Is this dangerous and can it be caused by Flecainide/Warfarin? Remainder of Urea and electrolytes normal.

A test showed Serum sodium  of 134 mmo1/L. Is this dangerous and can it be caused by Flecainide/Warfarin? Remainder of Urea and electrolytes normal.

No danger: Your sodium level is just one point below the lower limit of normal and that is not a dangerous situation. You may have just taken water before the test. ...Read more

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Myalbumin has been 5.3-5.8 for 3 mnths, RBC count normal.Serum sodium 140, serum ptssium 3.3-3.9, chlride 96-100, feel lightheaded, headache, ideas?

Myalbumin has been 5.3-5.8 for 3 mnths, RBC count normal.Serum sodium 140, serum ptssium 3.3-3.9, chlride 96-100, feel lightheaded, headache, ideas?

Physician: It sounds like you have seen a physician and are taking an antibiotic. All of the lab values above have to be interpreted within the appropriate context. The lab values look grossly normal, ask your doctor to go over them one by one with you. ...Read more

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What does it mean when my serum sodium is always low, no matter how much salt i eat. My doc says don't worry, but i feel there must be something up.

What does it mean when my serum sodium is always low, no matter how much salt i eat. My doc says don't worry, but i feel there must be something up.

See Nephrologist: Most common cause is medications . Depends how low it is and how chronic.Nephrologist will do some blood and urine tests to determine the cause and how to correct it. ...Read more

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Effects, signs, diagnosis of central pontine myelinosis? Would serum sodium be high if patient consumed lots of oral water? What are lasting effects?

Effects, signs, diagnosis of central pontine myelinosis? Would serum sodium be high if patient consumed lots of oral water?  What are lasting effects?

CPM and sodium: Central pontine myelinolysisis uncommon. The symptoms depend upon which descending motor pathways are dysrupted and weather or not the tracts or nuclei that control eye movements are affected. It is the rapid correction of a sodium imbalance that is thought to lead to this state. Drinking lots of water can cause hyponatremia not hypernatremia. ...Read more

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I have been craving salt quite a bit lately. I believe that my sodium level is normal, but have had these cravings for about the last 6-8 weeks?

I have been craving salt quite a bit lately. I believe that my sodium level is normal, but have had these cravings for about the last 6-8 weeks?

More info needed: How do you know that your sodium level is normal. I think an appointment with an endocrinologist is in order. There are a couple of illnesses that may cause this but you will have to have an exam and some blood tests. ...Read more

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