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A 56-year-old female asked:

i'm having difficulties with severe cramping in my legs, feet and hands after exercise despite drinking plenty of water and taking potassium. what next?

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 30 years experience
Go see your doctor: Make a hypothesis, act upon it, then measure results. Repeat. In other words, now it's time to measure your potassium & other minerals in your body. Also beware that taking quinolones such as your Levaquin (levofloxacin) is associated w/tendonitis/tendonopathy. So don't make sudden movements which might lead to tendon rupture. Check out fda warning: http://goo.Gl/26ayoo.
Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
Difficult problem: Muscle cramps can happen due to electrolyte imbalance from sweating due to exercise. It may be best to check your electrolytes including sodium potassium, magnesium and calcium levels. If you are taking any medications like diuretics, statins or alcohol, they can aggravate muscle cramps. You should seek medical advice if you have not found an easy solution. Taking quinine water (tonic water) mayhe.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

I have chronic kidney disease, what can I do to prevent my potassium levels from getting too high?

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Dr. Kevin Griffiths
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Low K diet: Potassium is a chemical element that is needed for many metabolic processes like cellular function in the human body. People with CKD are at risk for developing higher levels of potassium because the damaged kidney can not excrete as much potassium as a normal kidney. Should try to avoid high potassium foods like bananas, tomatoes or orange juice.
Dr. Tarek Naguib
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Agree, also potatoes, squash/zuchini, and melons are rich in potassium. The problem with tomatoes is actually more crucial in concentrated tomatoes e.g. ketchup, tomato sauce and paste, and V8.
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For 2 yrs have had high potassium and low sodium and have hypothyroid but TSH levels okay with meds, what could be wrong?

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Low Cortisol: Someone with one autoimmune condition (including most people with hypothyroidism) are at somewhat higher risk to have another autoimmune condition. One possibility here is addison's disease (adrenal failure), in which the antibodies attack the adrenals, causing low levels of cortisol and other adrenal hormones, which can result in high potassium & low sodium.
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Does gabapentin lower potassium levels? Was prescribed potassium pills, but since starting pain has gotten so bad I can't even sleep. Potassium cause?

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Possibly: Gabapentin may be associated with lowered potassium, but there are dozens of other meds also associated with potassium loss. What other meds are you taking? Where is the pain your are getting. Potassium can be very irritating to the stomach/esophagus if not taken with food or adequate fluids. Consult with your fp concerning this problem.
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A 25-year-old male asked:

The internet says I can't eat potassium rich foods on lisinopril 5mg?! thats like all the healthy food? How am I supposed to eat healthy?

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Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
Talk to MD: Don't listen to everything you read on the internet! if your kidney function is normal, you can consume potassium risch foods safely. A normal kidney will excrete excess potassium you may consume. The fact is that most western diet are deficient in potassium, consuming sodium in great excess of sodium.Feel free to eat the natural, healthy and potassium rich foods freely.www.whatscookingwithdoc.com.
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A 43-year-old male asked:

My fingers have joint pain and are always red. The skin on my arm is mottled. My finger nails do not have cuticles. Constant pain in back and neck. All the symptoms are symmetrical. This is the case in my legs and feet. I have stiffness and edema in my f

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Dr. Michael Tomeo
Dermatology 38 years experience
Need work-up: You are descibing signs and symptoms that could be indicating an autoimmune syndrome --- please visit with a rheumatologist.

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