When you have Hyponatremia can you feel the swelling on your brain?

I want to learn about this.

You will not specifically feel the swelling. You will, however, experience many symptoms of Hyponatremia, if your brain cells are swelling.

The symptoms include, dizziness, headache, irritability, eye pain, muscle weakness, loss of coordination, confusion, vomiting, loss of appetite, etc.

Hyponatremia is a complex disorder and requires medical attention.

It can sometimes be caused by overexertion with excess sweating or by drinking more water than your body can metabolize which results in water intoxication. Here is a link that details hyponatremia caused by water intoxication:


Hyponatremia can also be caused by a number of metabolic disorders, and diseases of the organs.

Here is a link that discusses hyponatremia in general: http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/242166-overview

How much water do you need to consume to cause hyponatremia?

Are we talking 2 gallons? 20 gallons? In under an hour? Over the course of a day? How much water is too much?

I heard you can overdose on water.
The recommended 64 ounces a day is always safe.
I drank 10 16ounce water bottles everyday last summer & was ok.
Cleaned my system out, felt better & lost 20 pounds.

How much water is too much?

I regularly consume between 80 to 96 ounces of fluids per day, not including the water contained in the foods that I eat. I have 1 functional kidney and my height is 5 foot 2, my weight 120 lbs, and my sodium intake per day is about average or slightless less than average. I also live in a very hot climate -- the central deserts of Arizona -- and perspire a lot during the day when outside (I estimate my time outside per day to be around 1-2 hours cumulative).

How often should I be drinking fluids, what fluids should I drink if not water, and how should I pace myself (e.g. should I drink a 20 oz. bottle of Gatorade every 2-3 hours)? Or what about an 8-oz glass of water every hour (waking hours only, in a 16 hour day)?

I am trying to reduce the risk of accidental water intoxication (hyponatremia) and to limit my consumption to around 3.5 litres of consumed fluids per day.

Also, how fast do fluids empty from the stomach, either cold or hot, juice or not?

Example of my intake habits:

8:38 am : awakened from night's sleep
8:40 am : consumed 11.0 fluid ounces of Gatorade
8:59 am : ate two bowls of cereal (Fruit Loops &
Cinnamon Toast
w/ intake of 2 oz of milk
(from cereal)
10:00 am : consumed 8.0 fluid ounces of Grape Juice
12:00 pm : ate half a pizza (Red Baron's Pepperoni)
12:30 pm : consumed 12.0 fluid ounces of Gatorade
3:00 pm : ate a light snack (small bowl of Tortilla
5:00 pm : consumed 12.0 fluid ounces of Water
6:00 pm : ate a Banquet frozen dinner (Salisbary Steak
w/ mashed potatos,
corn and brownie)
8:00 pm : consumed 8.0 fluid ounces of orange juice
11:00 pm : consumed 12.0 fluid ounces of Gatorade
12:00 am : went to sleep
Is 1 sip of water through a straw equivalent to 10 ml of fluid?

Updated after 12 pm:

12:00 pm : ate half a pizza (Red Baron's Pepperoni)
12:30 pm : consumed extra 2.0 fluid ounces of water
1:30 pm : drank 8.0 fluid ounces of water
2:00 pm : drank 4.0 fluid ounces of Juicy Juice Grape Juice (with four large ice cubes)
3:00 pm : ate a light snack (small bowl of Tortilla


One usually have a higher fluid intake during summer. You sound a bit obsessed with your fluid intake. Since you have one functional kidney , should you not consult your doctor about your fluid intake?
My fluid intake consists of litre of water ,a cup of tea and a glass of juice.

How do people get hyponatremia if almost everything we eat has salt?

Please explaine, thanks.

How long does it take to recover from Hyponatremia (sodium deficiency)?

With increased sodium/salt intake, 1500cc fluid restriction and some magnesium. Also, sipping gatorade for electrolytes.

I am 160Lbs and 6'0"

The recovery should be within a day with proper medical treatment, but hyponatremia is not something you just casually get and treat. You could be missing other electrolytes (sodium, magnesium, calcium, and potassium are the most important ones). In your body, the balance of electrolytes is important. A shortage of potassium (hypochalemia) will actually cause more problems if you add excess sodium. If you start randomly consuming electrolytes, you could actually make things worse because you don't know which you're actually low on, and disturbing the balance of competing electrolytes will only make things worse.

hyponatremia and belligerent behaviour?

Why would someone who has hyponatremia be exhibiting belligerent behaviour? Does it have to do with the water outside the cells and not enough space in the brain?
Trying to figure out how the 2 connect. Any info on this would be appreciated.

Our bodies balance out the electrolytes,
like sodium and potassium, in the blood.
Both of these are what keeps our hearts
beating in rhythm. There is usually a normal
level in the blood that healthy people maintain
through the body balancing this. If Sodium
starts to go too high in the blood, then potassium
will go lower in the blood and If potassium is
too high then sodium will go lower. The main
problem is...both of these...sodium and potassium... have to stay in a normal range to keep the heart beating in rhythm and functioning well so that the blood can carry oxygen to all areas of the body.

If the heart starts to beat out of rhythm, this
doesn't happen. The heart then tries to speed
up so the oxygen can get to the organs,
including the brain...however, if the beat isn't
right, then the blood may not flow well and
the oxygen doesn't get to the brain well and
then the blood pressure will decrease and
the patient will easily become disoriented and
confused. The person may become
combative because they are struggling for
oxygen in the body. The patient can end
up in a coma or even die because of this.

It is very important that the sodium content
of the blood be monitored by blood testing
frequently to be sure the level stays in
normal range. This patient needs to be
under constant care....sodium levels going
"too low"...below normal range, is an emergency.

Does anyone know what is hyponatremia, is water intoxication.?

I think I suffer from hyponatremia, because the last few months I have been drinking 13 bottles of water a day. Which is .5 liters a bottle. I am suffering from confusion and hypoglycemia. Sometimes I would drink 6 bottles at one time and later on some more to add up to be 13. Help me please, I didn't know it was gonna be intoxicated. I always heard people telling me water is good so drink it. So then I believe. But now I suffer the consequences. I guess I got over obbessed with it. Please help I don't want to feel like this. I feel dizzy and light headed. I want to be normal again......... Thanks for helping out.
I went to the doctor and they told me I have reactive hypoglycemia. I forget to explain to her about how much water I drink. Because I think it's not a big deal. Before that my health is normal. Nowadays, I'm extremely hungry. I eat almost everytime. I gain about 20 in 2 months. It was a very depressing moments for me. I don't know what to do. All I did is exercise an hour a day. I dont want to be hungry all the time. And yet my body is weak no matter how much i eat. Gee I hate myself. Help me please.
Thanks Doc for great information.
And everyone also.
I appreciated all the answer.

Hi Katlin

Your just missing nutrition. The water is fine, but you need vitamins and minerals (not from a pill either). Ive drank 2 gallons of water a day for weeks (cleansing), but I also juice fruits and vegetables to get my fill of nutrition.

Here is how to heal your hypoglycemia.

Hypoglycemia can be caused by excess consumption of simple sugars and refined carbohydrates, food allergies, low thyroid function, nutrient deficiencies (especially vitamin B6, chromium, zinc, essential fatty acids and amino acids such as alanine), excessive exercise, stress, skipped meals (especially breakfast), irregular eating habits, excessive alcohol, drug, or cigarette consumption, over consumption of caffeine beverages, poor protein digestion, protein deficiency, poor digestion due to other factors, low digestive enzymes, low fiber diets, and an excessively refined and processed diet. To achieve lasting relief of hypoglycemia symptoms, all of these factors must be screened for and addressed.

Chronic muscular tension caused by stress throughout the body, particularly in the spinal regions, is another potential cause of hypoglycemia, since stressed body tissues burn fuel at a higher than normal rate, creating a constant need for glucose.


Natural Cures

Diet: Be sure to have breakfast and make it a protein rich meal. Also eat smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day to help keep blood glucose levels up and to help heal the pancreas and adrenals. Be sure your diet consists of organic, whole foods diet and avoid stressor foods such as caffeine, refined sugars, and alcohol. Instead, emphasize fibrous foods, whole grains, seeds, nuts, fermented dairy products, and lean meats and fish. Also be sure to identify and avoid food allergies, and eliminate processed foods, dehydrated powders, and white flour products.

Herbs: Licorice, burdock, and dandelion can help to regulate blood sugar levels. Also, be sure to do a colon and liver cleanse to rid the toxins from the body.

Juice Therapy: Combine the juice of carrot, beet, burdock root, Jerusalem artichoke, and garlic and drink an 8-ounce glass once or twice a day.

Nutritional Supplementation: The following nutrients can be helpful in preventing and reversing hypoglycemia: chromium, vitamin B complex, vitamin B6, niacin or niacinimide, pantothenic acid, vitamin C with bioflavonoids, calcium, magnesium zinc, trace minerals, free-form amino acids, and adrenal glandulars. If hypoglycemia is due to incomplete absorption of nutrients from food, take hydrochloric acid (HCL) and digestive enzymes. Vitamin B injections can also be helpful as a means of increasing energy levels.

Alternative Professional Care: If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating hypoglycemia: Acupuncture, Applied Kinesiology, Biofeedback Training, Chiropractic, Environmental Medicine, Homeopathy, Magnetic Field Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Orthomolecular Medicine, Osteopathy, Qigong, Reflexology, and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Best of health to you

what's the difference between Hyponatremia and Sodium depletion ?