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Over the past 2 weeks I have been conducting a very unscientific study on the effects of salt (sodium) in reducing my high volumes of pee at night.
I read in one of jimjames threads that he once tried eating potato chips before bedtime and that seemed to help him with his need to pee large volumes at night.
So for a week I ate 11 salted potato chips ( 1 serving according to the bag) before bed and did notice that my CIC volume dropped from 600 cc in the middle of the night to around 400cc. After a week of this I noticed further that I started to sleep through the night and was not awakened by that awful bladder pressure that kidney fluid dumps into the bladder can cause.
So for the past week I just ate a 1/16 teaspoon (tsp) of salt before bed by putting it on my tongue. This amount is equivalent to the salt contained in 11 potato chips but without the fat (and the nice taste I might add).
So for the past week I continue to sleep through the night and my cath volumes when I awake in the morning are around 400cc which is much less than before.
Just as background I suffer from BPH with a 240gm prostate. I do CIC 4 times a day and usually cath about 200 to 250ml during the day. My NVs are good at around 250ml as well and I try to keep the totals below 400ml but seem to stay a little above that.
I am 69 and in ok health. I monitor my blood pressure and it stays around 130/80. I am a vegetarian and have little salt in my diet.
So I just wanted to share this with all of you. It is hardly scientific but might be worth trying if you are awakened with huge pee dumps like I have had for years. But if you have hypertension or heart issues please be careful with the salt!
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