I am 25 years old and when I was 15 I was diagnosed with high sodium. A Normal blood sodium level is 135 – 145 milliEquivalents/liter (mEq/L). Mine averages 175-177 mEq/l. For years, the best doctors could tell me was “Drink lots of water and hope you don’t go into a coma.” Then, when I was 20ish, My doctor told me that the human brain can “reset” the body to a higher sodium level, and that this is what I had done. He used the term “Hypernatremia” and said I would be this way for the rest of my life and that I should get used to it. I have also been told by an Endocrinologist that this is EXTREMELY rare.
When I was 21, I was diagnosed with gout and am no longer able to bend the middle finger on my left hand because of it. Its weird because I am like the youngest person in the world to have gout. The doctors tell me that there is no connection between the gout and the high sodium.
It gets weirder. When I was 23, I had facial paralysis. Not Bells Palsy, or anything anyone could think of. I was hospitalized twice and no one could diagnose anything. It wasn’t until after an intraveinious Immunogoblin (IVIG) treatment that my face started to get better. Doctors say that my 3 maladies are not related. I do not believe this. Has anyone heard of this ever or can someone suggest a doctor who might know or be able to help me?