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High sodium Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: High sodium. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. Symptoms of high sodium?

    Why: symptoms are usually non-specific but may include nausea, vomiting, fever and confusion. Seizures may occur if severely elevated sodium.

  2. How much fluid would you drink per day?

    Why: can help detect excessive thirst in diabetes insipidus and also deficient water intake which are both causes of high blood sodium.

  3. Risk factors for Type 2 diabetes mellitus?

    Why: e.g. previous impaired glucose tolerance or impaired fasting glycemia test; Aboriginal and Torres strait Islanders aged 35 years and over; certain high risk non- English speaking background groups aged 35 years and over (such as Pacific Islanders, Indian subcontinent, Chinese); people aged 45 years and over who have one of more of the following risk factors including obesity with BMI of greater or equal to 30, high blood pressure or first degree relative with Type 2 diabetes; previous heart attack, angina or stroke; previous gestational diabetes; obese women with polycystic ovarian syndrome.

  4. Recent history of illness?

    Why: e.g. hyperosmolar diabetic coma usually occurs in diabetic ho have had an intercurrent illness such as pneumonia or pyelonephritis.

  5. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. diabetes insipidus, Diabetes mellitus.

  6. Past surgical history?

    Why: e.g. hypothalamic-pituitary surgery is the most common cause of diabetes insipidus; pancreatectomy (removal of the pancreas) may cause secondary diabetes.

  7. Medications?

    Why: e.g. some medications can cause diabetes insipidus such as lithium, glibenclamide, tetracycline, amphotericin B; some medications may precipitate hyperosmolar diabetic coma such as thiazide diuretics or steroids.

  8. Symptoms of Diabetes insipidus?

    Why: e.g. frequency of urination, large quantities of urine produced, need to urinate at night, excessive thirst, dehydration.

  9. Symptoms of causes of Diabetes insipidus

    Why: e.g. pituitary tumor, hypothalamic tumor, brain metastasis, leukemia, tuberculosis, meningitis, sarcoidosis, base of skull fracture, brain hemorrhage, renal tubular acidosis.

  10. Symptoms of hyperosmolar diabetic coma?

    Why: e.g. people often present in middle or later life, often with previously undiagnosed diabetes or poorly controlled diabetes. Symptoms include dehydration, stupor, impaired consciousness or coma.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: High sodium:

The following list of conditions have 'High sodium' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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