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Salt Craving Deficiency
Yes: Craving dirt, or many other crunchy materials (ice, starch, etc) is called "pica" and may be a sign of iron deficiency. There is no known explanation for this but it has been postulated that our ancient or prehistoric forefathers might have corrected severe iron deficiency by getting iron out of eating iron-containing dirt or pebbles. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pagophagia: The exact relationship between chewing on ice and iron deficiency has not been exactly worked out. Many physicians will order iron studies on patients that report chewing on ice just to make sure there are no deficiencies. Further studies will be needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Probably not: Postural tachycardia syndrome is complex overlapping syndrome of unknown causes. Cfs/fm are a part of this array. You and your doc should be able to correct you iron levels, once stable if the pots goes away, that is a 1 to 1 relationship. If when the iron is correct and you still having pots, you need to balance yourself and get a 2nd opinion. Begin a self-care w a wellness program. See my page. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Please do something about your vitamin d deficiency. If you have any reason to think you have real hypoglycemia, seek laboratory confirmation, especially if it's fasting hypoglycemia -- episodes of impaired mental function if you don't eat, corrected by taking glucose / orange juice. Your physician knows how to work this up; ignore most of the 'pop' wisdom. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it good to have a drink which contains soy protein, hi-maize, vitamin (a c B6 b12), thiamin b1, niacin b3, folate, (folic acid) sodium, potassium in pregnancy ?
Which form: Which forms the vitamins are can matter. For example, B6 comes inactive and also active. The active form of B6 is pyridoxal-5-phosphate. Too much inactive B6 can actually block active B6 from the B6 receptor, creating symptoms of B6 deficiency. Folic acid is synthetic, and too much can be bad also. Methylfolate and folinic acid are what one should take during pregnancy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Salt causes water retention, why is syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone treated with salt tablets?
SIADH and salt?: The syndrome of inappropriate antiduretic hormone (SIADH) is not treated with salt tablets. The choice of therapy is dependent on the severity of the symptoms. Agents used to treat SIADH are either 3% or .9% saline infusions, fluid restriction, loop diuretics, vaptan and demeclocycline. The basic problem of SIADH is fluid accumulation in the body causing a low sodium. Salt tablets don't work. ...Read more
No: Short answer is no. Getting enough sun ? Getting enough dairy? Do you smoke ? Do you intake enough liquids ? ...Read more
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
High iron and iron saturation. Ferritin normal.can this be caused by eating too much iron rich foods? Will decreasing iron rich foods help?
See Doctor: It is unusual for a woman who is still in the age group having menstural periods to have a high iron and iron saturation, and also unusual for the ferritin to be completely normal range if the iron is very high. You might have an unusual disease called Hemochromatosis, which is an iron storage disease. Stop any iron or multivit+ mineral supplements and see doc. Might need phlebotomy (take blood ...Read more
Water excess: Hi. Hyponatremia is virtually ALWAYS due to water excess, NOT sodium deficiency. Depending on how LOW below normal your sodium is, correction may have to be done fairly gradually to prevent harm. You need to see a competent diagnostician to assess your volume status (fluid overloaded, dehydrated, or normal), and causative conditions, then institute water restriction (or a vaptan drug). Good luck! ...Read more
Manage lung disease: Low sodium level frequently occurs due to lung disease. The fluids around the lungs need to be managed. If corrected, the the sodium will be corrected. For instance, if pneumonia or infection of pleura are treated then the fluid will resolve and sodium too. Taking more sodium/salt by mouth is the wrong approach. Also, cancer of the lungs can cause this picture. Discuss findings with your doctor. ...Read more
Polysaccharide-iron: There are many iron supplement preparations in the market today. Each manufacturer will expound there product is better than the others. Evidence-based data from large clinical trials show that ferrous salt preparations are equally tolerable. Controlled- release iron tablets cause less nausea and epigraphic pain but are more expensive. Fewer discontinuation rates in polysaccharide iron complexes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I never add table salt to anything I consume. Is this a concern for iodine deficiency? Is the sodium in bread, burritos, etc iodized?
Iodine deficiency: 43 M I never add table salt to anything I consume. Is this a concern for iodine deficiency? Is the sodium in bread, burritos, etc iodized? In the US bread and many other thinks cooked with salt in them use iodized salt. Discuss with your Dr. if you are consuming <500 mg Na Cl per day. You can use Fitness Pal app to track. ...Read more
My dad got his kidney transplanted last year. From past 2-3 months he is suffering sodium deficiency. His sodium levels keep fluctuating. What to do?
Can my heterozygotes status of congenital adrenal hyperplasia (21-Hydrolaxe deficiency, salt-wasting) explain hirsurtism & symptoms like polydipsia?
Maybe: Hydroxylase deficiency is actually a continuum, and there are many alleles. A workup is probably not worthwhile. Manage unwanted body hair with electrolysis or lasers -- you're doing yourself a favor. If your urinalysis (chemical, sediment), renal functions (BUN, creatinine) and concentrating ability (SG >1.020) while thirsty) are normal, I would not recommend further studies. ...Read more
Can my carrier status of congenital adrenal hyperplasia (21-Hydrolaxe deficiency, salt-wasting) explain my high basal cortisol?
No: Spot "basal cortisol" levels mean nothing except in context. They help rule some things in and some things out. The highest basal cortisol levels have been found in soldiers in the battlefield and medical students in exams. Ignore all "pop" sites relating to pituitary / adrenal disease and remember that reference ranges are set so that many healthies fall outside on either end. ...Read more
Can the depression caused by acute sodium deficiency be recovered ..because the problem has caused depression and memory loss to my father ..
It depends.: If the main cause for memory loss is due to to acute sodium deficiency, he will recover when the sodium is replaced . It is rarely just one reason that memory is impaired. His doctor must find out what caused the sodium deficiency and correct the root cause.He should also try to find out whether there are medical problems that can contribute . Depression can also cause memolry deficits . ...Read more
Can mild sodium deficiency (hyponatraemia) due to prescription drug or other reasons exist when standard blood test for electrolytes is normal?
14 yr old on a heart monitor last year /sodium deficiency. today school nurse said 89 to 59 in two minutes? do you know what this is?
31 weeks pregnant. Severe arm muscles pain amd stiffness. Dr says sodium deficiency. What should I eat, as in diet, to cure this and ease pain?
Other possibilities: I am skeptical that sodium is the problem. Calcium (e.g. Milk and dairy products) and potassium (e.g. Oj, bananas, raisins) might be helpful. Try different sleeping positions to relieve pressure on your arms and shoulders and also try to stretch out the muscles involved. Meanwhile keep your prenatal appointments! ...Read more
31 weeks pregnant, arm muscles hurt and stiff, dr says sodium deficiency. What should I eat to cure this deficiency and ease muscle pain?
Doubt the diagnosis: I doubt it is a sodium deficiency. What is you serum sodium value? Get another opinion. ...Read more