Patient Comments: Hyponatremia (Low Blood Sodium) - Diagnosis

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What tests or exams led to a diagnosis of low blood sodium? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Pancreas, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: June 19

Almost all the major online medical sources seem to miss out on problems in the functioning of the pancreas leading to low sodium. Someone we knew died because the hospital ran every imaginable test; except on the pancreas.

Comment from: Rosie, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: April 24

I am a 75 year old woman. I have high blood pressure (controlled) and mild COPD. I have been hospitalized several times in the last few years with bronchitis, urinary tract infections (UTI), and once for chest pains that resulted in a diagnosis of angina and some blockage. A few weeks ago I developed a UTI on the weekend and went to a walk in clinic so I could get started on an antibiotic. A week later, after several days of nausea, weakness, mild headache and a worsening cough, my husband took me to the emergency room (my primary care physician wasn't available). After an exam and blood test and EKG I was sent home. As we drove into our garage my cell phone rang and the hospital told me I needed to return immediately to the hospital and be prepared to be admitted. My sodium was low. I was also having aches and cramps in my legs. They were like stabbing pains and became worse and didn't stop for 2 or 3 days. I was on IV sodium and potassium, also antibiotics, oxygen and breathing treatments. My cough was awful and I had a couple of episodes where I couldn't catch my breath. My cardiologist was called in and after several tests over 2 days I was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension. I'm off diuretics on another heart medicine but can't take ACE inhibitors so that eliminates some medicines. I am on a low sodium, low everything diet! I feel like I'm walking on eggshells. I had swelling in my legs this week and called the doctor's office as told. I took 3 days of small doses of diuretics. It hasn't helped much. Will call back Monday.

Comment from: Laura, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 11

I will never trust a doctor again. CMP (comprehensive metabolic panel) on April 30 showed blood sodium 125; after medication change it dropped to 124 three weeks later. I have zero symptoms. I will go against medical advice from any doctor who tries chasing something that doesn't exist. I think hyponatremia is just a fancy name for something that is obviously my baseline. So leave me be.

Comment from: john, 19-24 Male (Caregiver) Published: May 18

I embarked on drinking too much water for some months. When I drink I will go and urinate constantly but now I have headache. It started in the last 3 days, I don’t know may be it is hyponatremia or just normal headache of malaria.

Comment from: Evie, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: March 26

I'm 82, and I drink lots of water to try to prevent dehydration, and this may be the cause of my low sodium (132 with range of 136-145). In doing a little research, I found that putting 1/4 tsp. of sea salt in each quart of water, and sipping this fairly constantly throughout the day is a help. Also, only 4 oz. of water can be absorbed at a time, so drinking no more than 4 oz. at a time might help keep sodium and hydration up.

Comment from: gaye, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 09

At 6 month checkup sodium was low, 125. I rechecked in 3 months it went up to 126, I am having it check again in 1 week. I have had high blood pressure, I am suffering with head ache, tiredness and lack of interest in doing anything.

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