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Low sodium is a little unusual without other electrolyte abnormalities, but can certainly cause fatigue, light-headedness and dizziness. Since you are not likely to get to the root of the problems immediately, try adding salt to your food - sea salt, preferably. I'm still thinking about the low CO2 - What was your Hbg & Hct? Obviously they were not in the abnormal range or you would have mentioned it, but were they in the high range of normal by any chance??
@ Lily: Thanks so much for taking an interest.
My sodium level has been declining over the years. My hemoglobin is high-ish, 14 (11.5 - 15 = normal range), hematocrit ditto, 41.5 (34 - 44). How do those relate to CO2?
Low CO2 can be associated with hyperventilation and low oxygentation as the other poster stated. And Over time, low oxygen levels (hypoxia) will Oxygen deprivation is seen in sleep apnea, in altitude sickness, etc. So I was looking for other correlations that pointed to hypoxia/low blood oxygen levels, which is why dysautonomiaXMRV was also asking whether you had arterial blood gases drawn.
Hi fresh eyes,
I'm too knick knacked to think straight, but to follow on from Lily.......
Two pieces of probably useless information: my mother was also told she had low sodium recently, and I asked the G.P about increasing her salt intake. She said salt intake was irrelevant to one's sodium level. Doesn't mean she is right of course. I have learnt to take what a doctor says with a ...........pinch of salt. (Sorry about that....couldn't resist!) :Retro smile:
Secondly, I have been researching hypoxia and CO2 levels because I have experienced a severe three week bout of breathlessness. Again! According to Cheney and others, we have hypoxia, which is likened to altitude sickness. Also, I remember reading that although our arterial O2 levels are normal, the venous O2 levels are below normal. I don't know if that is anything to do with your problems......too tired to look back to check. Anyway, you probably know more about this than I do...
C.G. :In bed::headache:
I'm sending you a huge thank you for the above, Athene. I would never have learnt this from my G.P. So, this is saying, perhaps, (I haven't looked up your references yet.) that the problem is in the brain?? I also have what I call 'drop attacks', I fall to the floor, remain completely conscious, but have no muscular control. I wonder if these events are related? Prolonged,(weeks) severe shortness of breath afterwards is even more unpleasant.
I'm now going to look up your references.
Many, many thanks.
Tammie;35372]CG, your "drop attacks" sound like either cataplexy or seizures.....thoguh of course with all the weird things that go wrong in our bodies they could certainly be something else.....just thought I'd mention that, though, to give you something to look into as a possibility
@ Marian: Welcome. That's very interesting. I hadn't heard of Roth, looked up his lab: http://labs.fhcrc.org/roth/ Can you tell us more about your hypothesis?
@ Lily: Thanks so much for taking an interest.
Fresh_eyes adn Lily, here is the article Cort wrote last summer:
As you will see from the above, the theory attempts to address the underlying mechanisms of CFS. I tried to develop a conceptual framework for looking at the disease in a systems context.
The easiest way to find out about your heart would be to get wired up to a Holter monitor for 24 hours. It's a gadget like an MP3 player that records your heart like an ECG as you go about your daily business. Any NHS doc can prescribe that.
You're giving such a perfect description of everything that I had, I am convinced you have the same thing
I think in your case, your GP is applying a completely hardcore version of the NICE guidelines "no tests for those hypochondriac nutters with CFS" policy.
I seriously think you should register with a new GP.
If you contact the founder of this website I think he may be able to help you find a "safe" GP near you. I am saying no more than that but I am tapping my finger against the side of my nose. I hope you understand...
I absolutely agree with Athene, CG. You really must get to another doc and with those hospital medical records in hand - that is very critical.
Athene;36384]Take care of yourself country girl and get lots of rest!