SALT-WASTING: SYMPTOMS, CAUSES & TREATMENT

SALT-WASTING: SYMPTOMS, CAUSES & TREATMENT

Patients within the dysautonomia community often run into the term “salt wasting.” Read on to discover the symptoms, possible causes and treatments for this condition. What is salt wasting? Salt wasting—also known as “cerebral salt wasting” (CSW) or “renal salt wasting” (RSW)—is a condition in which the body’s ability to absorb and reabsorb sodium is inhibited. It is sometimes confused with inappropriate secretion of antidiuretic hormone (SIADH), which is a condition with similar symptoms but a different physiology. The tell-tale difference is that CSW is accompanied by high sodium levels in urine and low blood volume, while SIADH is associated with normal to high blood volume. Physical symptoms of CSW include high urine output, excessive thirst and extreme salt cravings. These symptoms are the result of the body attempting to replace what is being inappropriately lost, and people experiencing CSW often can alleviate their symptoms by consuming high amounts of salt and water....
Bryce Chitwood - Jun 13, 2019
HOW TO ADVOCATE FOR YOURSELF IN TODAY’S HEALTHCARE WORLD

HOW TO ADVOCATE FOR YOURSELF IN TODAY’S HEALTHCARE WORLD

This guest post is authored by Amber Nicole of Clearly Alive. Comments belong exclusively to the author and do not necessarily represent the view of Toker Engineering, LLC or the SaltStick brand. Today’s healthcare world is confusing, unnecessarily complex and exhausting. I speak from much experience in the US healthcare system, but I have friends across the globe each with their own struggles as well. It is difficult to be an advocate, but it is also required. Throughout the years, both my mom and I have discovered tips and tricks that help make navigating this system easier. Below are four tips for advocating for yourself or a loved one in today’s healthcare system. 1. REMAIN CALM Be mindful of letting your passion show. This seems like an odd way to start out an article for how to advocate for yourself in today’s healthcare, but it is an extremely important piece of advice....
Bryce Chitwood - Mar 26, 2019
MY DAUGHTER HAS EDS AND POTS. WATCHING HER GROW UP IS AWE-INSPIRING.

MY DAUGHTER HAS EDS AND POTS. WATCHING HER GROW UP IS AWE-INSPIRING.

We’re introducing our Caretaker Perspective Series, a group of blogs that share the experiences of people who care for patients with dysautonomia and POTS. Here, Stacey Greenberg, whose daughter manages EDS and POTS, tells a story about breakfast when her daughter’s condition leaves her too nauseous to eat. It’s 7:45 a.m. The school bus leaves in 30 minutes, but right now, I just want my daughter to eat. As someone who manages Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), my daughter deals with frequent bouts of nausea, and today, it’s hit her in full force. Her stomach is in so much pain that she says no to everything. “Cereal?” I ask. No. “Toast?” No. Eggs, yogurt, fruit? All a very blunt “No, mom!” Moments like these give me glimpses into the seemingly-impossible battles people like my daughter face every day. You see, in this situation, there is no...
Bryce Chitwood - Feb 12, 2019
AMBER’S EXPERIENCE WITH VITASSIUM AND ADRENAL INSUFFICIENCY

AMBER’S EXPERIENCE WITH VITASSIUM AND ADRENAL INSUFFICIENCY

This is a guest post by Amber, who blogs about her journey with adrenal insufficiency at Clearly Alive. Do you have your own story to share? Reach out to us here.  I am a long-distance runner living with multiple autoimmune diseases. One of these diseases causes my body to waste salt. This leaves me in a state of constant dehydration if I do not intervene. SALTSTICK: FOR ATHLETES A few years ago, a fellow runner in my disease community mentioned salt tabs that were unlike anything she had ever seen before. She highly recommended them. They were called SaltStick Caps buffered electrolyte salts. Now I had tried salt tabs before, and frankly, I was very underwhelmed by my previous experiences. SaltStick was different. I could immediately tell a difference on my runs when I used these. There was something magical about their ratios of sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium that allowed me to feel...
Bryce Chitwood - Dec 28, 2018
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