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I am a 24 year old female. At my yearly physical they checked

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Hi, I am a 24 year old female. At my yearly physical they checked my blood and my blood level sodium was 135. My doctor was not concerned. But I know this is borderline low. Should I be concerned and is this normal?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 2 years ago.
Hi there,
This is Dr Basu, Experienced Specialist.
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Sodium 135 is not that low --considered mildly low.
The most common cause is dehydration.
Sodium is an important constituent of the body fluids like sweat.
So it is lost just like any other elements from the body.
Also certain medications can cause excessive sodium loss.
No symptoms are experienced usually at this level.
However, gradual consistent drop in sodium is more concerning than one time measurement drop.
That will warrant more work up to look for any kidney problem, or any problem with pituitary gland ADH production.
Now, this is not concerning.
Thank you for sharing your concerns with us today. If you have any additional questions or need further clarifications, please do not hesitate to ask. I am here to answer them. I wish you good health. Regards, ***** *****