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LOW LOW SALT

Discussion in 'Your Living Room' started by Lacebug, May 23, 2020.

  1. Lacebug

    Lacebug New Member

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    I have gone on an extreme low sodium diet. In fact, I'm hardly eating ANY sodium at all (i'm basically living on fruit and vegetables, and pasta). My weight an blood pressure are dropping, but I still had aural fullness this week and a dizzy attack last night. BTW: I never have TRUE vertigo and for this reason my ENT (the renowned Sean Flangan) believes I may have vestibular migraine rather than Menieres. What happens is I come over all wonky when I tilt my head to the side of my bad ear. If I continue doing it, I throw up. MRI's are completely clear. Any thoughts?
     
  2. Marta

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    Hi Lacebug
    I used to be on a very very low sodium diet myself. It had no effect on me whatsoever and I still had regular attacks. I think it would be worth investing vestibular migraines in your case. There are many threads on this forum with regard to the topic.best of luck
     
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  3. Nathan

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    I would suggest removing the emphasis placed on deceasing sodium consumption, as it's not so much low sodium intake that's important, per se, but rather maintaining consistent moderate intake levels. Which is to say avoiding spikes in sodium consumption within the moderate & healthy zone of the intake spectrum.

    Individuals void of inner ear disorders experience this basic dynamic also, as an exceptionally low sodium diet will induce fluid retention when moderate levels of sodium is consumed, Ménière's or no. Caeteris paribus & other health related issues aside, fluid retention fails to occur in individuals who consume the salty pizza slice, for instance, if they consistently consume moderate levels of sodium.

    Mutatis mutandis water intake, as this becomes the flip side of the same coin. If water intake varies dramatically from day to day, or week to week, the body in return attempts to either retain or release water more aggressively than it otherwise would, leading to, in those suffering from Ménière's—though subject to many variables & factors such as hight, weight, gender, altitude, season—spikes in aural fullness, or in my case, aural fullness, tinnitus, & hyperacusis.

    That said, from the point of view of measuring convenience, it may be easier to maintain consistent intake levels if focusing on low intake—as opposed to moderate intake—much the same way it is easier to avoid g-forces while driving a car with a top speed of 3 km/h—it's not that g-forces can't be avoided at higher speeds, however higher speeds generate greater margins of potential forces acting on the object.

    In addition to investigating migraine-associated vertigo, I would encourage you to also investigate benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, which is commonly abbreviated as BPPV.
     
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  4. June-

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    When my sodium got too lo, I became so weak I bordered on incoherence. The body needs sodium. I dont think lo lo sodium has any thing good to offer. I think the advice was moderate sodium and keeping it even throughout the day. However, sodium and Diuretics never did a thing for me. Antivirals and allergy shOts returned my life to normal.
     
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  5. Cheryl

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    The human body needs 500 mg of sodium a day to survive. If one goes too low with sodium, then they're probably not eating enough food to get other required nutrients a body needs.
     
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  6. IvanA

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    People with meniere are recommended to consume between 1.5 and 2g of sodium a day, divided between meals better. 2 grams is a very low amount of sodium, I eat everything without salt or low salt and bread with salt; Only with this I already cover the daily dose, sometimes I treat myself and eat something salty.

    My dizziness has improved slowly since February, but they never really went away. A medical friend is convinced that it is from the cervicals because I have them very badly, but on the other hand this week the cold caught me and it was when I was more dizzy, which makes me suspect that it could be due to a virus that attacked stronger lowering my defenses from the cold.
     
  7. Pupper

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    Just here to confirm that a big blast of salt can mess you up. I just made guacamole. Recipe calls for kosher salt. So I grinded a bunch of salt into it. Ate it with Tostitos corn chips. 150mg of sodium per 7 chips. Boy, I haven't felt this unsteady in a long time. I'm not spinning. Not even close to it. But yeah, need a Xanax. Kinda feel like I put on someone else's prescription glasses. I don't think the serrano chili helped either. I know it's the salt because I rarely get ringing in my "good" ear. And now it's ringing. Thing is, I'm used to lots of sodium. So I'm surprised it's affected me like this. I must have gone crazy with that salt grinder. Hah. eeeesh.
     
  8. June-

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    The advice i got was to make the sodium EVEN throughout the day, and avoid big swings.
     

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