Electrolyte Balance...Hmmmm

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broomhilda
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   Posted 11/9/2007 8:16 PM (GMT -7)   
If people with severe edema are told NOT to drink alot of water and reduce their salt intake...How do we as CD patients determine proper hydration, mineral and salt intake?
 
I mean if we have a lot of D...you replace the loss of electrolyes as much as possible.
 
But if you aren't running off do you reduce your electrolyte intake to help reduce inflamation?
 
Am I making sense to anyone?
Dx'd Jan'06, 1st Resection 7/06, Predinsone, Humira, Imuran, B12 injections, Nexium. Secondary conditions: Psorasis, Acne, Fatigue, Joint Pain, Lactose Intolerant, gallstones, fibroid cysts, peri-menopausal.


Lil1EB81
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   Posted 11/10/2007 7:51 AM (GMT -7)   
broomhilda- i might have some info for you on the swelling thing.  I am often "swollen" I mean fingers,arms belly, legs,etc.  I have been told many times over that when you are having lots of D and you become dehydrated, you often have a "puffier" appearance due to the bodies initial response to dehydration.  The bodys vessels when in beginning stages of dehydration let fluids leak out of them spilling into the surrounding tissue.  So, unless we are talking the end stages of dehydration when your skin is literally paper and you can't blink w/o pain form dryness, often you will actually feel and appear swollen.  In addition, if you are malnourished your body starts spilling protein instead of absorbing it- this is apparent in C-reactive protein levels, BUN and Creatinin (sp) levels in bloodwork.  This will also have a fluid reaction process in your body.  I know it is frustrating, I fluctuate
by literally 8-10 lbs over 2 day courses depending on my state of malnutrition and dehydration (i am under 90 lbs now, unable to eat anything more solid than yogurt for months and am having surgery again in december).  Hope some of this helps! tongue
Erin, 26, Pennsylvania
Crohn's disease, ankylosing spondyllitis, vasculitis
Second illeosecal resection scheduled for 12/4/7-yikes!!!


broomhilda
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   Posted 11/10/2007 8:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow guys that was just a general question but your advice sure was something to ingest! Thanks!

Kasper- I didn't know edema could be a side effect of the humira! Great...something else to watch for! Just had to increased my dosage to once weekly.
Dx'd Jan'06, 1st Resection 7/06, Predinsone, Humira, Imuran, B12 injections, Nexium. Secondary conditions: Psorasis, Acne, Fatigue, Joint Pain, Lactose Intolerant, gallstones, fibroid cysts, peri-menopausal.

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