Patient Comments: Hyponatremia - Experience

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Comment from: Saundra, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 11

I am bipolar and I take lots of drugs for anxiety, depression, acid reflux, sinuous infection, sleeping aid. My blood pressure went high and I was put on another drug. I began to have falls and urine infection. When I went to the doctor he discovered my pulse was low and a blood test revealed my sodium was low. The blood pressure drug was causing dehydration and hyponatremia.

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Comment from: Drink tender coconut, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: February 12

I used to drink lot of water and I faced all these problems, even my blood pressure also fluctuating, without knowing the cause (actually lots of water drinking that was culprit). Even the doctor also prescribed some blood pressure tablets but somehow I didn"t take it. When I get up early in the morning I noticed that I was having swollen eyes, luckily I myself identified that it"s because of excess drinking of water. I stopped drinking water (just 1 or 2 glasses) but instead I started drinking tender coconut (as you know, that is equal to your blood plasma) and all the problems were solved.

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Comment from: Todd, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 05

I spent 10 years in Mexico in hot humid conditions. A couple of years ago I started getting weak and lightheaded from the heat. I came back a year ago and have suffered from deep depression and anxiety. I have taken medication with no relief, seems to make hyponatremia worse. I exercise a lot and there are times I crave salt or sugar. And feel like after getting them it literally saves my life. My thoughts and level of consciousness are very low every morning, almost like I am brain dead. I just ate a bunch of salty chips and feel like I can function mentally, but before this was mentally not well.

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Comment from: theblondielou, 55-64 (Patient) Published: March 27

I have fluctuating values of various substances; right now blood work is showing low sodium levels (and has in the past as well). I came out of my mom"s uterus thirsty and drink a lot of green tea and caffeinated Diet Pepsi (with some decaf DP over lots of ice that melts). Watching my weight at first I used substitute salt. Most of my life I have had low pulse (in hospital once 35) and low blood pressure like upper 90s, top number. My diet currently is mostly Jell-O, pudding with protein powder, low fat peanut butter powder, nonfat milk powder 4 cups a day, 2 Greek peach yoghurt, strawberries/banana with nonfat cool whip banana split. I have no meat, never eat out and have very little processed food. I like salty food but as it increases my weight I don"t touch it. I drink to help feel full so I don"t overeat (former binge eater) so there is no way I will stop. I have migraines so I vomit once every 2 or 3 weeks. I do aerobics (45-50 min 115-135 bpm) and ballroom dancing 2 to 3 hours at a time and sweat so much I bring a fan that I use in between songs (and also have 2 or 3 fans running on me when I do aerobics). I had been taking potassium 99 mg and had stopped when I ran out. Then the low sodium test happened so I think the potassium also is important for me so I resumed the potassium and have included sodium chloride pills and am trying to consume more salt. Doctor wants a repeat test in a month.

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Comment from: The bat, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: March 18

I have been suffering from seizures for over 15 years. The doctor has tried me on every medication and nothing works. I get them on average once a month. I have them while I"m sleeping but it"s the postictal symptoms that are the worst. It makes me feel confused, intensely nervous, like I"m on narcotics and lasts from 3 to 15 days. I am just recovering from them after visiting the emergency room twice and after some blood tests they found my sodium levels were low. I wonder if that is what has been causing these seizures the entire time. These are not fun!

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Comment from: pencam, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 23

To the person who has night seizures causing postictal state Please consider talking to your doctor about vagus nerve stimulator (VNS) therapy. My brother has had this implant since 2001. It prevents this phase, for the most part, after seizures. Good luck!

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