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How come I have strong cravings for sodium?

How come I have strong cravings for sodium?

We all do!: Most humans did not live close to the ocean. Salt was venerated, almost as vauable as gold. Food (natural) as avaiable, contained little sodium. Over 10, 000s of years we developed a survival taste for salt. Too bad it has not left us! ...Read more

Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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I am craving salt. I was actually eating a packet of it today while at work. What could cause this?

I am craving salt. I was actually eating a packet of it today while at work. What could cause this?

Lots of Reasons: Cravings, especially for minerals, are not completely understood. There is a prevailing theory that cravings for things like salt may indicate a deficiency in trace minerals (like manganese or selenium) which are found in salt deposits. Cravings are also sometimes associated with anemia or low blood counts. Or it could mean something as simple as you like the taste of salt... ...Read more

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I've been craving ice cubes and salt, I've been literally nibbling on salt and eating stock cubes, what could be wrong with me?

I've been craving ice cubes and salt, I've been literally nibbling on salt and eating stock cubes, what could be wrong with me?

Low iron stores: You are likely having iron deficiency which causes an intense craving to chew ice. See your family doctor for a ferritin level and a workup up for why this might be the case. Have a happy holiday season. The treatment is simple iron replacement. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Does craving salt mean iron defency?

Sometimes: That is one symptom of iron deficiency - however it is not necessary or frequently present. Craving salt can also be due to other issues as well, often due to endocrine or kidney problems. ...Read more

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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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Craves salt all the time. Could it be linked to stress and how to make the cravings lowered or stopped.?

Craves salt all the time. Could it be linked to stress and how to make the cravings lowered or stopped.?

Low BP?: Often pateints crave salt because they need salt. Do you tend to have low blood pressure. Stress can lead to hormonal imbalances that can impair your kidney's ability to hold on to salt. Get checked by a doc that understands this metabolic problem. ...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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I'm craving salt! Why? Am taking hctz (hydrochlorothiazide)

I'm craving salt! Why? Am taking hctz (hydrochlorothiazide)

Hctz (hydrochlorothiazide) and sodium: Hctz (hydrochlorothiazide) by its mechanism rids the body of sodium and water and reduces blood pressure in the process.

If the craving is really bothersome, check with your doctor and check a sodium level. Its rare, but sometimes hctz (hydrochlorothiazide) can lower your sodium levels too much. ...Read more

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Avoid salt. Now I'm mainly craving salt or any salty foods. Does anyone know why?

Avoid salt. Now I'm mainly craving salt or any salty foods. Does anyone know why?

Salt: When your body does not get enough salt your brain tells you to go and find salt and correct the desire for salt. Discuss with your Dr. ...Read more

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Why do I crave salt excessively? I've read among other diagnosis that craving salt is a symptom of addisons disease?

Why do I crave salt excessively? I've read among other diagnosis that craving salt is a symptom of addisons disease?

Possibly: Although salt craving is a symptom of addisons disease, most people who crave salt do not have this disorder, as it is very rare. Major symptoms of addisons also include loss of appetite, nausea, weight loss, lightheadedness when standing due to low blood pressure, skin darkening. If addisons disease is suspected, the diagnosis should be confirmed by an endocrinologist before starting medication. ...Read more

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Short teenage girl 104 lbs, just told by director to lose as much weight as possible in next month. Asian american, cravings salt+sugar. Please help.?

Short teenage girl 104 lbs, just told by director to lose as much weight as possible in next month. Asian american, cravings salt+sugar. Please help.?

104 lb sounds ok: We don't tell 104 lb teen girls to lose weight unless there is a very special reason. For an average-height girl, all the way down to a short girl of 4' 10" or 4' 11", 104 lb is a normal weight. For short girls just under 5 feet tall, 95-105 lb should be fine. Also, if a girl is still growing taller, she can keep her current weight steady and just grow into her weight (instead of losing weight). ...Read more

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I have gallstones but I’m craving salt, can the gallstones cause this?

I have gallstones but I’m craving salt, can the gallstones cause this?

NOPE: Your salt craving is not connected to your gallstones in either "direction"

Hope this is helpful!

Dr Z ...Read more

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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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For 2 weeks I have been craving SALT blood pressure below 120/63 is that normal are related to low IRONE?

For 2 weeks I have been craving SALT blood pressure below 120/63 is that normal are related to low IRONE?

Craving salt: Would try something salty an see if it helps. Often when pregnant women will crave sweet or salty or spicy foods
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Hello I am strongly craving salt n vinegar am I lacking something? ? Iam also suffering ffatigue n knot in my neck thanku

Hello I am strongly craving salt n vinegar am I lacking something? ? Iam also suffering ffatigue n knot in my neck thanku

Craving: We can't answer a question like this without having any information about you not even your age let alone your medical or social history. Its not magic, its medicine. We need information. Are you pregnant? ...Read more

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I have been craving salt so much for the past three days and it feels like the only way to satisfy it is to sprinkle salt on my tongue. Why?

Several issues maybe: Salt craving can sometimes be caused by a serious underlying medical condition, such as Addison's disease (adrenal insufficiency) or Bartter syndrome (a serious underlying kidney disorder). More common causes may be form lack of sodium as acquired through heavy seating periods or dehydration, causing salt loss in your system, etc. Seek medical help as increased salt may lead to high BP too. ...Read more

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Why do I get such a craving for salt? Is it cause I sweat frequently and easily? I don't drink enough water so wouldn't need for salt lower then?

Why do I get such a craving for salt? Is it cause I sweat frequently and easily? I don't drink enough water so wouldn't need for salt lower then?

Body built from salt: Water, some routinely measured concentrations (critical for health & life) in the water outside cells are salt concentrations: e.g. Na, K, Ca Cl, etc. Body regulation of salt concentrations more critical to function & life the body water volume which is more easily adapted to. Likely the "craving" is an appropriate homeostatic response; yes sweating ↑es salt loss & need. ...Read more

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I am wondering if craving salt, feeling nauseous, & having difficulty concentrating can be due to extremely low iron.?

I am wondering if craving salt, feeling nauseous, & having difficulty concentrating can be due to extremely low iron.?

Craving of salt: Usually means your serum sodium level is low. Hyponatremia (low sodium) can cause cognitive impairment, confusion and even seizures if low enough. I'd have this checked right away, along with your iron, CBC and ferritin. Low iron will cause restless legs, fatigue and result in problems with delivery of Oxygen to the tissues if low enough. ...Read more

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I am currently taking meds for high blood pressure, but recently I have had cravings for salt. Why is this? Is this a bad combination?

I am currently taking meds for high blood pressure, but recently I have had cravings for salt. Why is this? Is this a bad combination?

Low salt diet: Yes, salt and high blood pressure can be a bad combination. Persons with high blood pressure are encouraged to follow a low salt diet. Too much salt can raise your blood pressure. ...Read more

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I've been craving salt a lot lately, I literally eat spoonfuls of salt, is this linked to graves' disease? Or are there other reasons?

I've been craving salt a lot lately, I literally eat spoonfuls of salt, is this linked to graves' disease? Or are there other reasons?

Adrenal insufficient: Salt craving can be a symptom of adrenal insufficiency. The most common cause of this is autoimmune related, which is what causes graves disease. You are therefore at a higher risk for developing this disorder. Graves disease by itself should not cause you to crave salt. ...Read more

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I recently started craving salt badly and have pain on both sides of my lower back. I had hysterectomy two yrs ago so I know I'm not pregnant.

I recently started craving salt badly and have pain on both sides of my lower back. I had hysterectomy two yrs ago so I know I'm not pregnant.

Adrenal glands: My best bet is that worst case scenario there is a malfunction of your kidneys and/or adrenal glands. You should see your family doctor or an internal medicine doctor without delay. ...Read more

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Are either senna or colace (docusate sodium) made in an oral suspension for children?

Are either senna or colace (docusate sodium) made in an oral suspension for children?

Constipation: Yes there are liquid forms of both. Check with your local pharmacist. The more important question is why a child would need to take such a laxative or stool softener? These are safe to use in children but the underlying cause of chronic constipation in a child requires evaluation by a doctor. The most common cause is lack of fluids and fiber deficient diet. Discuss with a pediatrician. ...Read more

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Are Epsom salt baths safe for children ages 6 and up? My son often complain of leg pain at night

Are Epsom salt baths safe for children ages 6 and up? My son often complain of leg pain at night

Approved for Adults: Use of ES baths;FDA approved adults. Nighttime leg pains should be evaluated to exclude treatable conditions. If evaluation suggests growing pain measures like heat application, massages, muscle stretches & use of analgesics are effective. Most children experience nocturnal leg pain after intensive activity during the day so giving a long acting pain reliever at bedtime may prevent pain at night ...Read more

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I'm craving for salt and my legs get hot at night, I have low cortisol level n have been on medication for nine months why?

I'm craving for salt and my legs get hot at night, I have low cortisol level n have been on medication for nine months why?

Salt craving: Your salt craving is natural for cortisol deficiency. Cortisol replacement is essential and it must be adequate. The med used has to have salt retaining actions. Some require a second med, such as fludrocortisone. Rediscuss with your doc the adequacy of your med. Ask for blood testing to check sodium and potassium levels. Hot legs require doc evaluation too. Suggests nerve problem. ...Read more

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I am craving salt so badly, I literally pour salt on a plate and start eating it throughout the day. I also have chronic low blood pressure...?

I am craving salt so badly, I literally pour salt on a plate and start eating it throughout the day. I also have chronic low blood pressure...?

Salt craving: There are several reasons for craving salt. Dehydration, addison's disease, thyroid disfunction, and iodine deficiency are some reasons. Your family doctor (general practitioner) can run some blood tests that may reveal the reason. ...Read more

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Barium fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) for children safe for infants?

Barium fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) for children safe for infants?

Which is it?: Barium enema and fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) are different things - ba enema is only used by doctors to enhance xrays of the intestines while fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) is a home remedy which should also be used with great caution in infants. ...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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Teenager with severe abdominal pain. Eats a ton of salt. Could the salt be causing her issues, or could the craving actually be a symptom?

Teenager with severe abdominal pain. Eats a ton of salt. Could the salt be causing her issues, or could the craving actually be a symptom?

Severe abdominal pai: Salt as in spoonfuls? Or salty food. Either way the pain in the stomach needs to be evaluated further with more history such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, bloody bowel movements, etc. ...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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On 5mg prednisone/day. Tapering 1mg/month. Normal 2get low bp, very lightheaded, bad salt, h20 cravings? Loading salt &h20 helps. My MD didn't 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 didn't 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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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