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Reply with quote  #61 
My dad is 72 and healthy. Tried HCG diet cause he wanted to drop 20 pounds quick before driving back to the east coast to see family and friends. Last night they were on day two of their trip and my dad starts repeating things becoming combative to the point my mom had to pull over and called 911. He was taken by police car to the hospital and yelled at anyone who came near him. He was sedated and is in ICU now and they are saying it's low sodium levels. He did not know who I was on the phone and did not recognize my mom. This is something that can happen to anyone. How long will it take for him to recover? Any info one what to do in the moment would help tons.
Reply with quote  #62 
Asap- it all depends on how low his sodium is, his kidney function, etc. If he was relatively healthy before hand, then they will probably give him some sodium IV to get his levels up, then check him pretty frequently to make sure they stay in the normal range as well as check his kidney function to make sure he hasn't had any damage to them, or that it wasn't kidney damage that caused the problem in the first place.

Gill Talbot
Reply with quote  #63 
Don't ignore Low Sodium levels especially in the elderly.
The story with my mother is a long one.  Despite three visits to the doctors, one visit to the hospital and calling out the paramedics, no one within the medical profession seemed to take any notice!!. On the Wednesday my mothers GP called to say her sodium levels were low and to come off certain medication but the GP did not raise any major concerns and said for my mother to go back into the surgery on the Friday.  By the Thursday it was all too late we took mum to A&E and it took them from 9.00 until 19.00 in the evening to admit her into the hospital.  By then she was thrashing, biting, kicking, everyone in sight.
it was revealed her sodium level had dropped to 104 by the Friday afternoon they had managed to raised this to 112.  Then the early hours of Saturday morning we had a phone call the nurses could not wake my mother.  We got to the hospital and basically they told us she had had what looked like a major stroke and was in a coma with little hope of recovery.  She died three days later. 
Reply with quote  #64 
Thanks for this forum Mike Gamble and thanks to the people who post here - questions and/or answers.
First off, pat yourself on the back for being a good humans trying to find answers to help others you love. It's unfortunate but our less than perfect medical industry doesn't always seem to be doing there jobs very diligently and you won't even know if you don't have a clue yourself.   
Information is power, know what questions to ask, be a detective and investigate. With the help of others and some good Doctors and Medical people you should be able to get better care.  The squeaky wheel gets the grease as they say.  
Don't be a rude jerk even if they are -  be respectful but persistent and be as informed as you possible can. 

Best of luck to all on this journey and remember to take time for yourself and enjoy the good times you do have.  It is the circle of life. We are born, we live and  we die. No one is excused.

Reply with quote  #65 
This info was passed on to myself from a loving member of my family. Thankyou for your hard work. Keep it up, there are alot of caring people in this crazy, fast paced world we live in, thank you again. And thankyou J.     
faith englund
Reply with quote  #66 
My mother is almost 93 yrs old. She was falling often. Finally she fell on our patio..forgot to use her walker. she fractured her back and ribs. I took her to the ER .
She could not walk and could not stand either. They put her in the hospital.
they said she had low level of sodium in  her blood.  Hers was 127 when she entered hospital.  after a week of vomiting and nausea.  her sodium level went to 116... she was non responsive... said there were two women in her room who were visiting her.
These people did not exist. When she talked she sounded drugged but she was not.
At night RNs said she was very confused and disoriented.

Dr took her off diuretics and restricted her fluid intake to one liter a day.  put her on liquid diet. slowly her sodium levels have gone back up. she was in the hospital for 15 days and now she is in a nursing home.  progress is slow. 
This low sodium in the blood is dangerous. somehow it is related to falling also.
Only can be tested with a blood test. I do not know if special diet is necessary.

Reply with quote  #67 
I've read through these forums, and needless to say I'm even more concerned than I was before I found them, unfortunately.  

Does *anyone* have a success story here? Does anyone have a story of recovery -- and if so, what was the length of time it took to recover?

My mother-in-law was on blood-pressure medicine and caught the flu. After a week of losing a lot of fluids, my father-in-law, who happens to BE a retired medical doctor, took her to the ER because he thought she had had a stroke. Her sodium level was 98.

Now it's been a week, and her levels have been brought up to 118 as of today, but she is completely out of it. She's unable to speak clearly, and seems absolutely confused and disoriented. She can say some phrases, but is very much like a stroke victim. This is all due to low sodium.

I was looking for someone--anyone--who might have something positive to share at all? My mother-in-law is 54 and we're all looking for answers.

Thanks so much.
Reply with quote  #68 
Yes, my father recovered after about a week.  He was 72 so he was not as old as some of the other people in this thread.  He was in the hospital about 3-4 days where he was given  I V's the entire time.  He started coming around on day 3 and was released by day 4.  He has been fine ever since the episode.  It was very scary and I hope everything works out for the best for you and your family. 

Reply with quote  #69 
When my 92 y/o Mom came to live with me she would collapse unexpectedly about once or twice a week. Out of the clear blue, she would drop to her knees and fall on her face.

According to my sister, she had been doing this for some time. I took her to a physician who said her sodium level was too low. He discontinued her hydrochlorothiazide. She has not fallen even once in the year and half since then.

She has started retaining water recently, and her physician is running tests to see if it is her heart or her kidneys. She has stated that she may want to start her on lasix to get rid of unneeded water. But in checking on-line, it appears that it gets rid of sodium as well. Yikes!

Reply with quote  #70 
My father is 70 year old and recently admitted in hospital after low sodium level doc gave him medicine and discharge after 3 days he was ok but not able to walk himself. he again fall after two days and broke his hand doc says every report is normal except Hb level is low he stays lil bit confused and not able to walk . Doc says may be because of lack of confidence pls advice what to do?
Reply with quote  #71 

Fear of falling is more of an issue than falling. Maybe you could have your father attend an exercise class that helps stabilize balance.

Also read the ways to increase hb level naturally.
Reply with quote  #72 
Working with a physical therapist, my mother learned to use a walker. She doesn't use it all the time. But it gives her the security she needs when she is worried about falling. 

I had no idea that low sodium levels were related to being confused and disoriented. But she was adamantly delusional when she was on the diuretic. Not so much now.
Reply with quote  #73 

My mom did benefit from physical therapy.
She is home from the nursing home, was walking with a walker.
At the end of Dec started using a wheelchair.  she was just too unsteady on her feet.

She also did fall in Sept 2011.... she has a very sore back from osteoporosis.
she feels safe in the wheelchair.

her fall was caused by low sodium in blood. so it really is an issue to address....

Reply with quote  #74 

A woman who was in a wheelchair for years has spent the last year on her feet, thanks to a walker with reverse breaks called the Dashaway. She is going to bring one here for my mother to audition. It won't be the answer for her, because she also needs a visual cue to walk, but I am hopeful that once she feels more secure with this sort of walker she will be less apprehensive about walking.

Regular walkers are not the answer, in fact IMO they lead to stooped posture which in turn weakens balance and further deterioration of the core muscles which keep a person upright. They build the upper body, while the lower body becomes weak.
Reply with quote  #75 
Thanks Equality, Insanity and  Fenglund for your support.
your are right some times he can walk him self and some times not, may be he need more support to raise his confidence attending physical excercise class will help him more.
Thanks for link.

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