What Does A Low Sodium Count Mean?


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Ian John Profile
Ian John answered
A low sodium count means that you have an insufficient amount of sodium flowing through your blood, and you should take steps to ensure that you improve the amount during your life. It is known medically as hyponatremia and it is a lack of some balance between the water and sodium found within your body. A right amount of sodium flowing through your body is important for the body to function properly, to help your nerves and muscles remain healthy.

Low sodium isn't necessarily something to worry about as it is a relatively common electrolyte disorder in the population of the United States. These electrolytes are necessary chemical substances that are found within the body, like sodium and potassium. When these substances are dissolved in water, they become 'ions' and these are capable of conducting electricity. Electrolytes are there for the proper function of all systems found within the body.

There are numerous common causes of a low sodium count in the body, and these include excessive sweating, vomiting and diarrhea. Medications that are generally prescribed to people who have high blood pressure or fluid retention can generally cause these low sodium problems, too. High endurance athletes like marathon runners can often experience low sodium levels, too, if their fluids and electrolytes are not replaced in sufficient quantities during their exercise.

Living with the condition can be made easy with modern medicine, so if you're experiencing problems then you should go and speak to your doctor immediately. It's not hard to get the help that you need. No matter what the issue is and how long you have been suffering from the condition, your doctor will always be there to talk to you, help you, advise you and provide you with all the medical attention that is necessary.
Kathy Castillo Profile
Kathy Castillo answered
Low sodium is called hyponatremia. With this condition, you may not have any symptoms at all, unless the levels are extremely low. Normally, a human should have 136-145 mEq/Liter  (mEq=milliequivalents). If your levels are extremely below this you may have dizziness, nausea, disorientation, or even go into a coma. However, most patients will have no symptoms with hyponatremia.
Michael Regenauer Profile
A low level of blood sodium means you have hyponatremia. Sodium loss can be caused by diarrhea, excessive sweating, drinking too much water, kidney, or heart problems.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
My sister has low sodium, I don't know the numbers, but she just had her kidney removed, and now she has had fulid build up around her heart. That also has been drained. All with in 6 months. Her blood pressure is fine, but the sodium levels arn't. She does take moltrin for pain.

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