Thursday, August 18, 2005

What are the symptoms of hyponatremia?

The spectrum of symptoms can range from mild to severe and can include nausea, muscle cramps, disorientation, headache, dizziness, numbness in the arms and/or legs, slurred speech, confusion, and inappropriate behavior. Taking any over-the-counter pain medications (ibuprophen) or prescription medicine reduces the body's capability to conserve salt. 20% of female endurance athletes suffer from hyponatremia. Do you know anyone with these symptoms?

Consequently, the amount of electrolytes available to your body tissues decreases over time to a point where that loss interferes with brain, heart, and muscle function! You have to replace these electrolytes! They're essential to the normal electro-chemical operation of your nervous system. Severe hyponatremia is a true medical emergency. As it progresses, victims may experience seizures or coma. When serum sodium falls rapidly, over a period of 24-48 hours, this compensatory mechanism is overwhelmed and severe cerebral edema may ensue, resulting in brainstem herniation and even death.

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