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Wt loss of 20lbs over 1 week, diagnosis w/flu. history asthma & hypokalemia. s&s: palpitations, cough, weakness. concerns? what should i be asking my doctor?

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Dr. Ingeborg Dziedzic answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Work up: This weight loss is excessive. You need a chest xray, ekg and nutritional advice. You may have a bacterial infection on top of flu and need antibiotics. Should get some blood work and look for elevated white count. Make sure you drink enough fluids and recheck your potassium.

Answered 4/2/2014

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Should see doctor: Weight loss from flu includes fluid weight loss. Any significant shift in fluids can cause electrolyte issues, for example hypokalemia. Hypokalemia can present as weakness and palpitations. This can be a life threatening situation. You need evaluation now, not later. In a weakened situation you should not drive. Best call your doctor and 911.

Answered 4/2/2014

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