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What can cause salt cravings besides addison's disease?

What can cause salt cravings besides addison's disease?

Salt cravings: You may be losing salt through your bladder and that may be related to your medication. If you have not recently had a 24 hour urine test I recommend you see your doctor about this - soon! ...Read more

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Will low iodine cause salt cravings and high bp?

Will low iodine cause salt cravings and high bp?

No : Iodine is added to salt to help prevent goiter (thyroid deficiency) because it's an easy way to introduce iodine into the population. It has nothing to do with salt per se. Nor will it affect your bp. ...Read more

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I have swelling in both of my arms only when I sleep. Sometimes looks ready to pop.Also unusual salt craving and thirst. Any help?

I have swelling in both of my arms only when I sleep. Sometimes looks ready to pop.Also unusual salt craving and thirst. Any help?

Swelling: Swelling of both arms only during sleep would be a most unusual symptom. If fluid retention from excessive salt intake was the problem, puffiness would be noticeable in other Areas of the body such as fingers,feet,ankles,around the eyes before arm swelling would occur unless you wear constricting garments restricting blood flow back up your arms. Have your physician examine you as needed. ...Read more

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My mom has all symptoms of addisons except salt cravings. Blood work came back negative for that and hashimoto. Any ideas? Could it be auto Immune?

My mom has all symptoms of addisons except salt cravings.  Blood work came back negative for that and hashimoto.  Any ideas?  Could it be auto Immune?

Symptoms in medicine: Hi. Here's a very well time tested and proven philosophy of medicine: there is no symptom specific to any single disease, and no disease specific to any single symptom. So when you say someone has symptoms of an incredibly rare disease (e.g., Addison's) bear in mind those same symptoms can be seen WITHOUT that disease, with some other disease, or with no identifiable disease. Good luck to your Mom ...Read more

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Acth test normal.why did i get spacy, confused,blurry vision, salt cravings w/prednisone taper from 6 to 5 mg .Sx improved w/increasing salt,h20. ?

Acth test normal.why did i get spacy, confused,blurry vision, salt cravings    w/prednisone taper from 6 to 5 mg .Sx improved w/increasing salt,h20.  ?

Wrong test: Hi. Neither measuring ACTH nor doing an ACTH stimulation test is a test for adrenal sufficiency during a prednisone taper (I'm not sure what you're referring to by "ACTH test"). In no case would the pred taper make you mineralocorticoid (aldosterone-the salt hormone) deficient. If your taper is going too fast based on clinical grounds, it has to be slowed down - there are no lab tests for that. ...Read more

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What can sweaty palms, salt cravings, headaches, tiredness, chest pains, flu-like symptoms indicate?

What can sweaty palms, salt cravings, headaches, tiredness, chest pains, flu-like symptoms indicate?

Many, many things.: Lot depends on hx of these symptoms (history leads to over 95% of the diagnoses, most of the time testing adds little, or confirms the DX of an experienced clinician taking time to listen. Within these parentheses lies the answer to a failed health system at double the cost). Here, the answer is in the hx. Is it acute, recurrent, chronic, etc. diangosis is in doc's brain, add compassion, give all a good 'gp'. ...Read more

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On 5mg prednisone/day.Tapering 1mg/month.Normal 2get low bp,very lightheaded,bad salt,h20 cravings?Loading salt &h20 helps.My MD didnt seem concerned.

On 5mg prednisone/day.Tapering 1mg/month.Normal 2get low bp,very lightheaded,bad salt,h20 cravings?Loading salt &h20 helps.My MD didnt seem concerned.

Prednisone taper: Your experience indicates partial deficiency of cortisol and other adrenal cortex hormones. Your own adrenal cortex cortisol production is not yet sufficient. There is risk. You can cope while well with extra salt and water, but your "stress production" of cortisol is impaired and will remain impaired for weeks. BP can be lower, and glucose can be lower while fasting, particularly when stressed ...Read more

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