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salt = headaches? any advice?

Discussion in 'Problems Standing: Orthostatic Intolerance; POTS' started by Raines, Jul 28, 2015.

  1. Raines

    Raines Seize. Eggs. I don't know. Zebra. Eighties.

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    Hi all,

    So I've been taking salt now for about 4 weeks. I started with only a pinch with water in the morning and have built up to just over half a teaspoon.

    The last few days (about 5) I have been getting killer headaches, much much worse than any I normally get. Not even the triple whammy of paracetamol, ibuprofen and a cooling head cloth was making a difference.

    I stopped taking salt 3 days ago and yesterday my headache wasn't as bad, and today it's not painful but still got a lot of pressure and uncomfortable feeling - like a headache without the pain.

    So my question to others who have tried salt is, do you think it's causing the headaches? Was taking it in the morning my mistake?

    I should point out that I'm only about 75% sure that the salt is causing the headaches, it could be stress, or a combination of things, I was even considering my fruit tea as a cause but I've been drinking that for years, the vanilla tea I love is newer only been drinking that a couple of months so that's also a possibility. I'm left with the normal problem of how am I supposed to work out what causing what!?!

    Any suggestions or advice welcome.
     
  2. Valentijn

    Valentijn WE ARE KINA

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    @Raines - Proper electrolyte loading requires more than just sodium. At the very least, it should probably include potassium as well. I use a "Lo-Salt" salt substitute from the supermarket which has 67% potassium and 33% sodium.

    I also back off on the electrolytes and drink more water if I get a headache, nausea, or thirst.
     
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  3. Raines

    Raines Seize. Eggs. I don't know. Zebra. Eighties.

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    Thanks @Valentijn
    I didn't get that potassium was also needed, I think I need to do more research into salt and electrolytes and then try again.
     
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  4. Valentijn

    Valentijn WE ARE KINA

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    @Raines - There are also boxes of little packets you can buy to mix into water. I'm using the "Electrolyte Stamina Power Pak" by Trace Minerals Research, and usually add extra Lo-Salt to it.
     
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  5. Raines

    Raines Seize. Eggs. I don't know. Zebra. Eighties.

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    @Valentijn
    I see those packs come in various flavours too, I will try them out.

    Still amazed that somehow while looking into salt water it didn't click that salt and water was an electrolyte mix, blame the brain fog!!
     
  6. Mij

    Mij Senior Member

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    @Raines

    my recipe, I also add lemon juice for flavour:

    • 1 cup spring water
    • 1 cup seltzer water
    • 1/4 tsp sea salt
    • 1/4 tsp "no salt" brand salt substitute (potassium-chloride)
    • stevia sugar substitute & flavoring are allowed (sugar is not)

    you might find some useful info here too:

    http://www.dfwcfids.org/healing/gokhmbrw.htm
     
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  7. Raines

    Raines Seize. Eggs. I don't know. Zebra. Eighties.

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    Thank you for the link and recipe @Mij
     
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  8. barbc56

    barbc56 Senior Member

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    @Raines

    Are you taking the salt for low blood pressure, POTS, or sodium deficiency? As @Valentijn said the right balance is important. We can both attest to the effects of low sodium and how dangerous it can be. On the other hand if you don't need the extra sodium, salt can cause high blood pressure.

    Take care and welcome to PR!

    Barb
     
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  9. Raines

    Raines Seize. Eggs. I don't know. Zebra. Eighties.

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    @barbc56 I'm trying salt for self diagnosed POTs (or somthing similar).

    I have done many poor mans tilt tests and get some possitive results, some almosts and every now an then a no. I thought I could try the salt and see if it helped, but as I was doing it wrong I will give it another go.
    My BP hasn't changed since I started taking the salt. I have been keeping an eye on that.

    I will just start slowly and see what happens.
     
  10. barbc56

    barbc56 Senior Member

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    I think that's wise but I am not a doctor.

    Good luck.

    Barb
     
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  11. Raines

    Raines Seize. Eggs. I don't know. Zebra. Eighties.

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    I just wanted to add an update, encase anyone else makes the same mistake I did and finds this thread.

    I have been taking one of the recipes from the page Mij links to above for about 3 weeks now, no headaches (or no unusual headaches) now I'm taking the right stuff.

    I haven't yet noticed a difference but I'm still building up slowly.
     
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