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Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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Sodium (Definition)

It's an element that is important in the cell functions ...Read more


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Made a sauce but think I have added too much salt can we still eat it or will it make the family sick to eat food that is too salty?

Made a sauce but think I have added too much salt can we still eat it or will it make the family sick to eat food that is too salty?

Dietary salt: High dietary salt intake is generally associated with hypertension or elevation of the blood pressure, that can in turn affect the heart, kidneys and brain over many years if not treated.
Some people are sensitive to salt more that others. AS a general recommendation reduction of dietary salt intake decrease the risk of heart disease and stroke ...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.

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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Would you recommend hospitalization for an 85 yr old chronically ill woman with very low sodium?

Would you recommend hospitalization for an 85 yr old chronically ill woman with very low sodium?

See below: It depends on how long the sodium is and she must meet criteria for hospital admission or insurance may not pay for it when it could be managed as outpatient. You need to discuss this with the treating physician who knows the patient best. ...Read more

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I hace an 8-week old baby girl that has soundedd congested since she was born. She's not sick(or that I'm aware of) peditrician advised me to use salt water for, humidity" reasons. I found it strange, but tried it. She seemed ro choke every time I put the

I hace an 8-week old baby girl that has soundedd congested since she was born. She's not sick(or that I'm aware of) peditrician advised me to use salt water for, humidity" reasons. I found it strange, but tried it. She seemed ro choke every time I put the

Common response: Newborns depend on small nasal passages for breathing. To mouth breathe they must tilt their head back (uncomfortable) until their neck grows longer, about 6m. Nasal wash out to thin the mucous & remove irritants is the standard treatment for congestion. Effective nasal wash out will often trigger babies protective gag reflex or sneezing & that movement of the saline to & for helps wash out irritants. ...Read more

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37 yo. Sodium is 144. Anion gap is 20. Not sick. No health conditions. All other bloodwork is normal? Thoughts

37 yo. Sodium is 144. Anion gap is 20. Not sick. No health conditions. All other bloodwork is normal? Thoughts

Statistics: Sounds like you're not sick and shouldn't worry. Because of the way tests are run and normal ranges are established, a small percentage of normal people may have values outside the normal range and NOT be ill. Basically, if one does enough tests, every normal person is likely to have one or another "abnormaility" while still being healthy. ...Read more

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I have pots and I don't like salt the taste make me sick that I throw up is there anything else I could try without salt?

I have pots and I don't like salt the taste make me sick that I throw up is there anything else I could try without salt?

Yes: Gatorade is another option that is electrolyte laden and you might find it more palatable, Although I see you are already on Midodrine so you should not really be also needing to eat salt to treat your POTS. Trust you have seen an electrophysiologist (subspecialty of cardiology) who made this diagnosis. IF not, you might want to. ...Read more

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I have a temporary dressing over a root canal which is half finished but it's leaking sodium hypochlorite and tastes awful and makes me feel sick. Is?

I have a temporary dressing over a root canal which is half finished but it's leaking sodium hypochlorite and tastes awful and makes me feel sick. Is?

See Your Dentist: If your tooth is leaking sodium hypochlorite, you need to return to your dentist performing your root canal treatment for evaluation and treatment as indicated. ...Read more

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I toke two laxative two night ago a yesterday I felt sick so did a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) an it only got small amount out I stay constipated?

I toke two laxative two night ago a yesterday I felt sick so did a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) an it only got small amount out I stay constipated?

Constipation: Not sure what laxative you used. Normally, I would recommend the patient to have adequate hydration, stay active with exercising, eat high fiber diet. In addition, add fiber supplement such as citrucel (one table spoon in 8 oz of water daily). If the above is not improved, add MiraLAX (otc, one table spoon in 8 oz of water, daily to bid). Other agents are linzess, amitiza (lubiprostone). Work close with drs. ...Read more

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Anything I can use to rinse my mouth besides salt water after getting wisdom teeth out? It makes me really sick but i also don't want dry sockets.

Anything I can use to rinse my mouth besides salt water after getting wisdom teeth out? It makes me really sick but i also don't want dry sockets.

NO RINSING: Did your dentist or oral surgeon give you post op instructions? Do not rinse! There is absolutely no need to rinse anything out. The rinsing may actually dislodge the blood clot (which remains somewhat soft due to the wet environment). If the clot dislodges you have a much better chance of a dry socket. Any bloody saliva can be gently spit into the sink or toilet. ...Read more

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I've been sick with a cold, sore throat, coughing, gagging, I went to an instant care in Salt Lake, yet the doctor said that I'd be feeling better within 2, or 3 days, yet I've now been sick for 6 days now why is that huh? Just wondering!

I've been sick with a cold, sore throat, coughing, gagging, I went to an instant care in Salt Lake, yet the doctor said that I'd be feeling better within 2, or 3 days, yet I've now been sick for 6 days now why is that huh? Just wondering!

Course varies: The doctor was giving you a rough estimate. The time course for a cold (which is what your symptoms sound like) varies a lot from person to person and virus to virus. It's not unusual to have cold symptoms for 2-3 weeks. Generally there should be no worsening after the first 5-7 days. If high fever, severe pain, or breathing trouble develop at this point, another exam is needed. ...Read more

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Emerg doctor says lung infection, antibiotics. Finished them, felt sick again. Gp says chest X-ray fine, gurgle salt water? Struggling to breathe.

Emerg doctor says lung infection, antibiotics. Finished them, felt sick again. Gp says chest X-ray fine, gurgle salt water? Struggling to breathe.

Bronchitis?: A diagnosis of infection in the lung usually mandates evidence of lung tissue involvement by chest x-ray or other imaging studies. If you are having trouble breathing and do not have lung tissue involved it suggests an airway dysfunction. Go back and see your doctor and have this solved quickly before it gets worse. Good luck and hope all comes out well. ...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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I crave salt! All the time?

I crave salt! All the time?

Often a sign of stress: Salt cravings are common but yours sounds extreme. The most serious medical problem known to be associated with this is addison's disease, which is due to low adrenal function. While addison's disease is rare, a much more common cause is a less severe form of adrenal stress often called adrenal fatigue, that is related to ongoing stress. Research suggests that in this situation salt can help relieve stress and have some antidepressant effects, but it is not the best long-term way of dealing with the problem. Salt cravings can also simply be a sign of dehydration or cause by fluid loss due to sweating, vomiting or diarrhea. According to chinese medicine theory, salt cravings are signs of imbalances of the kidney meridian (which is related to adrenal problems). Some good information on adrenal fatigue is at http://www.Adrenalfatigue. Org/. ...Read more

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I constantly crave salt is that normal?

I constantly crave salt is that normal?

Carve salt: Is constantly craving salt normal. ANS: Yes when the body becomes salt depleted the kidney/adrenal sends signals to the brain that says: you are going to die if you do not find salt. See the Hunger for Salt by D. Denton for more details and excellent reading. Certain medical conditions can drive this as well. They can kill. I specialize in high blood pressure and happy to do 2nd opinion. Live. ...Read more

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Help please? What is the medical term for someone who craves salt & sweet things all the time?

Help please? What is the medical term for someone who craves salt & sweet things all the time?

Addison's disease: Depending upon degree of salt craving, you might ask your doctor to evaluate you for Addison's disease (adrenal insufficiency) or even Bartter syndrome: check out http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/addisons-disease/expert-answers/salt-craving/faq-20057988. Hypoglycemia or low blood sugar may lead to craving sweet things. Regardless, you should see your FamilyDoc for complete evaluation. ...Read more

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Do alcoholics crave salt?

No: No more than anyone else craves salt. (unless margaritas are the drink of choice and then, only around the rim of the glass). ...Read more

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Why would a 5 year old crave salt and or ice?

Why would a 5 year old crave salt and or ice?

Many reasons: There might be reasons, but check the iron count as a starting point ...Read more

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Why would someone suddenly crave salt and vinegar?

Why would someone suddenly crave salt and vinegar?

Food cravings: Can be due to low vitamins or minerals in the body. Craving can also be from a food sensitivity or allergy to the very food we crave. Please see your doc who MAY do some lab testing. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can I take Invokana if I'm on a salt restricted diet?

Can I take Invokana if I'm on a salt restricted diet?

Need to be careful: Invokana makes you to pass / pee your sugar into the urine. The sugar does not go alone.it takes the body water with it. Since this happens your blood volume shrinks. This can make your BP go low. If you are on low salt diet then the BP may go too low causing lightheadedness especially while standing up suddenly. So MONITOR BP closely. Otherwise, Invokna is a good pill for sugar and BP treatment ...Read more

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I'm on Trileptal my sodium is 128 is that low enough i sure be concerned.

I'm on Trileptal my sodium is 128 is that low enough i sure be concerned.

Side effect: Trileptal causes many adverse effects and low sodium is but one. There are many far better anti-epileptic drugs with fewer side effects. Is there a specific reason you should be on trileptal, other than fact it is generic and cheap? Discuss with your doctor, but you are not in any imminent danger yet. Do weigh the benefits and risks and make decision. ...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 trilrgrial neugria I'm on trilepal it's depleting my sodium. What is a good med to stop the shocks?

Treat the cause: If you are not tolerating the medication and have ongoing pain you need to have the nerve decompressed by a neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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Recently prescribed indepamide 2.5 mg/per day. Prev BP was172/108. Am on ramipril as well. Suddenly, I crave salt terribly! Should I be concerned?

Recently prescribed indepamide 2.5 mg/per day. Prev BP was172/108. Am on ramipril as well. Suddenly, I crave salt terribly! Should I be concerned?

Salt craving: You're craving salt is not due to your BP meds. You should speak to your physician (p) and try to have your p give you medications to bring your systolic bp. ...Read more