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    Old 05-21-2005, 04:22 PM   #1
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    Does dietary salt intake affect thyroid-related fluid retention at all? I know in most cases of fluid retention salt is the major culprit, but is this true if the fluid retention is caused by hypothyroidism (since I think the reasons fluid is retained are different w/ thyroid issues)? I have been having major swelling/fluid retention problems, and I have about the world's lowest-salt diet. (I have been a rabid health-food nut for years and never eat any processed or packaged foods or use table salt.) However, I have recently developed this bizarre and overwhelming craving for salt. (this is from someone who prided herself on having lost the taste for salt, and used to think the tiniest hint of salt was distasteful) Since this is so out of character for me, I have to think that my body "knows" something and maybe I need the salt. But these major fluid retention problems seem to indicate otherwise. So what do you think? Will I make the swelling worse if I eat salt, or what?

     
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    Old 05-24-2005, 09:22 PM   #2
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    Re: salt intake & fluid retention

    Let me take a stab in the dark... I do know that people with adrenal fatigue or adrenal exhaustion often crave salt.

    What kind of symptoms are you experiencing? I haven't been following your story, so I don't know.

    I have had fatigue the past 7-8 years. 2 years ago I saw a thyroid specialist and now my thyroid is "perfect" according to him. (I had all the right tests done.) But I'm still tired, feeling dizzy when I stand up, etc. So I had a saliva cortisol test and found out that I have low cortisol and DHEA which is a sign of adrenal fatigue. I've been reading a book called "Adrenal Fatigue" by Dr. James Wilson and he recommends salt intake!

    I'm now looking for a good doctor who understands what I'm going through because I'm sure there are specific vitamins and herbs that can help.

    --CarrieLynn

     
    Old 05-25-2005, 07:02 AM   #3
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    Re: salt intake & fluid retention

    Hey...thanks for your ideas CarrieLynn. It's not an andrenal issue, since my endo tested my cortisol (blood and urine) and it's fine. So who knows what's going on (not me, that's for sure ... ) Have you tried adding salt to your diet and does it help your symptoms, and also does it affect your weight?

     
    Old 05-25-2005, 10:32 AM   #4
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    I had a saliva test done for my cortisol. My understanding is the blood tests for adrenal issues are similar to standard thyroid tests -- they only catch the worst cases (like Addison's disease). I have subclinical adrenal problems, just like my problems for thyroid, which also weren't caugh by my regular internist (since my TSH results were always within "normal range"). The regular MDs I've seen about this just completely dismiss it. But I can't dismiss my symptoms, so I keep searching for an answer. (I've just had a lot of fatigue. Sometimes when I stand up I get a little light-headed. My blood pressure has always been extremely low, and my heart rate is also very, very low. I've always thought this was a good thing, but after reading about all this stuff I'm not so sure.)

    When I took the saliva cortisol test (which involved taking saliva samples throughout the day), it showed I had low cortisol. And low cortisol can cause problems like fatigue and dizziness upon standing.

    I'm just now starting to deal with the adrenal issues and it doesn't seem to be as clear-cut as getting my thyroid balanced was. I've seen 3 different professionals and they have 3 different methods/supplements/suggestions to address it.

    I've added some sea salt to my diet but I don't notice any difference yet. But as I said, I've just started. I'm sure healing doesn't take place overnight.

    Dr. James Wilson, who wrote "Adrenal Fatigue" talks about cravings and says it's important to note what you're craving and why you are craving it... he says it's because your body needs something in the substance that you crave. (He says if you're craving chocolate, your body needs magnesium.) He also talks about low-salt diets not being as healthy as everyone touts them to be, especially for people with adrenal issues.

    Anyway, just be aware that most doctors don't believe in adrenal fatigue problems and the tests they run only catch problems that have progressed to severe stages.

    --CarrieLynn

     
    Old 05-25-2005, 08:00 PM   #5
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    I've experienced extreme cravings for salt off and on----and recently, I have gained tons of weight due to water retention. I think part of it had to do with being on a dose of thyroid that was too low---and the wrong form and dose (too much) of estrogen. My doctor put me on a bp/diuretic pill and in just a few days I lost 5 pounds. He also gave me something to curb my appetite and stimulate my hypothalmus. I'm feeling much better---not great---but much, much better. I was so swollen I didn't recognize my own forearms or legs. My breast were hard as rocks---like I was full of milk and needed to nurse a baby. Not fun.

     
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