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"Pass the Salt" Hyponatremia

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ratface
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Just an FYI about a possible condition we may be prone to because of our eating issues.

CURE-Cancer Updates, Research, Education, Vol. 10 No.2/2011 summer issue page 22.
Author- Teresa Mcusic

"Hyponatremia is a condition that results in an imbalance of the ratio of water to salt in body fluids...In my patients going through cancer treatment, hyponatremia is somewhat prevalent...several cancers can be associated with hyponatremia...among them are cancers of the head and neck, thyroid...side effects of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy may also cause hypoatremia...symtoms include minor headache, muscle cramps, fatigue, confusion, dizziness and seizures... and can normally be corrected with simple dietary measures such as limiting the intake of free water and replacing it with broth."

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This actually turned out to be my diagnosis this past February after 2 hospital stays. I have since been put on Synthroid and low-dose Prednisone to kick-start my hypothalmus. Apparently I was severely dehydrated from the stomach flu in January and didn't realize it. My sodium levels were dangerously low as well.

Thank you for posting this article. I don't think enough people are aware of the dangers or pitfalls that lurk out there for us.....as if we don't have enough to worry about.

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Hmmm, this totally has me thinking, about dizziness and other stuff. I cannot really tolerate salt, because it burns my tongue so bad. what do you do if you cannot really up your salt intake. I can do a little low sodium chicken broth, but even that, when I cook with it, I use it 1/2 strength.

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Good info, Ratface. Might be significant to a number of us, including me.

kcass

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Can you try Gatorade or another sports drink, or Smar****er?

OK - edit time - the word above is as follows:
the first half is Smart the second half is water

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Ha that was funny. Gatorade used to burn, I could try it again. I never had smart water. Can it be something with natural electrolytes like coconut water? I am really bad at drinking water. I hate it. I mostly drink milk, almond milk, smoothies, and hot tea brewed with mostly milk.

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Hi Ratface
I keep telling my wife I need more salt and she keeps saying no because you make it snow on your food. I don’t think it will work but I am going to make her read your post. Yes I know too much is just as bad as not enought...

Take care my Friend
Hondo

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But if wifey lets you have the salt Hondo, your heart doc (if you have one - have a doc for hearts, that is, not have a heart, cause we know you have a heart) will be ticked.

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What I posted is just a short blip. Yes, Hondo, I thought of you immediately and all your side effects. Sweet, it can be treated medically. Here is a tidbit more:

"However . extra salt may not be the right approach if there is co-existent heart, liver, or kidney disease.......hyponatremia can be treated medically.........antibiotics, such as declomycin or the mood altering drug lithium, which affects the flow of sodium through the body, can be used for chronic hyponatremia. "

Did you notice it can be a chronic condition and that anti-depressents are involved with regulating the flow of salt????? Interesting stuff. As a side note, CURE mag is free to cancer patients and is full of great articles as well as cutting edge trials and treatments.

salt article

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I feel pretty good and do not have any of the symptoms you referred to. I do have a hard time being able to taste salt in my food, and therefore am leary of using it in fear of too much sodium intake.

Is this condition you are referring to have to do solely with too little sodium intake?

Mike

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ratface
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low sodium is key but also low fluid intake or high amounts of exercise can cause the condition. I don't think your inability to taste salt is at all related. You have five taste sensing capabilities, salt, bitter, sweet, sour, and umami. Your salt buds are at the front of your tongue. Try holding your food over the tip and front part of your tongue a little bit longer. FYI I had the opposite problem where everything I ate tasted like pure salt. I could eat a spoonful of honey and it was pure salt tasting. That lasted several months and thank goodness it went away. Our taste buds regenerate but not always at the same time. It's possible your salt buds have not fully come back yet and may be the last to arrive. It will work itself out.

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Thanks for posting the link to the full article. It was interesting.

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I will definately follow up. My most recent blookwork showed low sodium, low potassium and low chloride. I wonder how that all relates.

Deb

bpell0402
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Thank you for sharing. The website curetoday.com ( where u can get free magazine) has some good articles/resources!

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