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Low Potassium (Hypokalemia)
See below: A low potassium level has many causes, some are due to decreased intake, some due to increase loss from the skin, gut eg loose stools, urine eg alcohol intake, tubular problems or magnesium deficiency.Others are due to shift of potassium into the cells. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What can cause sudden dangerously low potassium, hypokalemia, causing me to collapse and nearly die?
What tests do I need?
Low K: 55 F asks what can cause sudden dangerous low K? I collapsed and nearly died. ANS: Many things & can't detail here. but at ur age & having given no other information (people must think we can read minds here-NOT) suspect taking diuretic 4 HTN or edema, severe vomiting diarrhea sweating, GI tumor, or adrenal tumor making 2 much aldosterone. i specialize in this. Consult me! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I get charlie horse like pain in my hips and thighs at night. I have cirrhosis of the liver and low potassium issues. can the hypokalemia be the cau?
Electrolyte: abnormalities can often contribute to muscle spasms and cramps. ...Read more
I have chronically low potassium. Is drinking coconut water safe? I drink 50 oz per day over the last few months & it has corrected my hypokalemia.
Safe: Coconut water is safe. It is likely that bananas will do the same good at lower cost. ...Read more
Low potassium: You would be better off waiting for your potassium (k) levels to rise before you play soccer. The more important question is, why is your k low? Are you on any medications that would lower it, like diuretics? Do you have a low magnesium level? See a physician to get to the cause of your low k level. It is better to prevent a problem than treat it. ...Read more
I have a low potassium problem and kidney stones problem. Is my hypokalemia the cause of my kidney stones? Or the other way?
Unlikely: A potassium-wasting problem might be due to kidney tubular / parenchymal damage from infection related to kidney stones, but in this case you would have been told of this by your physicians. If your potassium is actually significantly below the healthy range, this is serious and no physician would let it go without a full workup. You have a right to a thorough explanation from your doctor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How does hypokalemia affect leg muscle endurance activities like running and swimming? With low potassium can you still build muscle?
Insulin 64 after high carbs and glucose 54 & hypokalemia. I'm hypokalemic PP diagnosed but wonder if congenital hyperinsulin can cause low potassium?
Insulin and carbs: Rachel, I wish I could help you but your comments are unclear. What do you mean by "insulin 64" and glucose 54? Have you been told that you have "congenital hyper-insulin"? In that case your doctor would have referred you to a surgeon. If you can, please give me some more information. ...Read more
I am22 male. I had this hypokalemia. All my lab tests results are good. Still my doctors canot figure out the cause of my low potsium, why is that so?
When treating genetically-induced hypokalemia (3 members of my immediate family have it), how much oral potassium should be taken on a daily basis?
Can exercise & glucose shift potassium in a healthy person? I'm diagnosed hkpp, getting 2nd opinion. Hypoglycemia & random hypokalemia. What else???
Hkpp?: Exercise drives sugar into cells and would cause hypoglycemia if your liver failed to metabolize glycogen and couldn't perform gluconeogenesis. An insulin secreting tumor should be ruled out. Exercise should not affect potassium unless you have a metabolic disorder (low potassium from alkalosis, high potassium from acidosis). Are you seeing an endocrinologist? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The cause?: Your low potassium level may well be from the vomiting and not the cause for your current symptoms . See your doctor ASAP to make sure there is nothing more serious. If you can't get an appointment today, go to an emergency room since I don't like what I am seeing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Consider workup: Rather than asking about potassium supplements, the first thing i would make sure is there is no reversible causes or hypertension and hypokalemia. People with a genetic disorder that cause high aldosterone levels will lead to more sodium retention resulting in hypertension. Wehn sodium is absorbed, it dumps potassium. If an adenoma is causing this, it may be able to be removed and fix problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does a basic metabolic panel show serum or intracellular potassium levels? How is hypokalemia diagnosed?
If the majority of potassium in the body is in red blood cells and very little in serum why is serum potassium level used to diagnose hypokalemia?
It's what matters: The serum potassium is in equilibrium with the tissue concentrations, which must be maintained within a very narrow range for the heat to be able to maintain its beat. Your question is a good one and reflects a common misunderstanding. It's not the total body potassium that matters, just the amount that's actually affecting the electrical system outside the heart & brain cells. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What is more appropriate for hypokalemia? Potassium citrate or potassium chloride? Thank you. Please explain.
Eating to much Black licorice cause hypokalemia, can compensate this eating food rich in potassium? Can Cause also bleeding due to lowering platelets
Don't overdo it: The more serious risk of excess black licorice is as a cause of high blood pressure. People who have actually have gotten sick have eaten the real stuff (not just licorice-flavored candy); if this is a major component of your diet, do keep track of your electrolytes and blood pressure with your physician during your annual health check-ups. If they are okay, enjoy what you love. ...Read more
Issues with asthma- TX does not seem to relieve symptoms; can I take 6 day prednisone taper with 3.0 potassium level? w/o hypokalemia effects?
What's more appropriate for hypokalemia or hypokalemic periodic paralysis? Potassium chloride or potassium citrate? Thanks.
Aldosteronism with hypokalemia, treat 100meq/day K. have weak knees and vericose veins. 2days thigh twitching? Related to potassium or knees?
Aldo low K knees: 39 M has low K and weak knees and VV.2 day of thigh twitching. asks if related to K or knees. Almost certainly related to low K. Unless in you knee problems cause twitching. VV not likely cause either. Find cause of aldo excess and treat it. Go to Yahoo hyperaldosteronism group to find over 1,000 like you who may have insights as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How long and what dosage of Klor-Con would get a hypokalemia patient secondary to B12 injection back to normal?
Low t3 (liothyronine) and "low" normal TSH & T4? Could it still be hypothyroidism? Other causes? I also have hypoglycemia and periodic hypokalemia.
Endocrinologist: An endocrinologist is best qualified to evaluate,advise and treat you for this complicated hormonal imbalance. You may have a pituitary gland disorder as primary hypothyroidism is characterized by an elevated TSH and the hypoglycemia and electrolyte findings are also suspicious. ...Read more
Sheehan syndrome or hypopituitarism. Does this sound like it... Low t3, (liothyronine) low-norm TSH, low-norm estrogen, low-norm acth, insulin sensitive, hypokalemia?
No: Since you have not listed your periods having stopped, the chances of this being Simmond's / Sheehan's are slim-to-none. What I'd like you to do is form a relationship with a patient, understanding physician who's good at endocrinology, and can help you manage the big picture -- while solving whatever physical problems may exist, find ways of turning bad stress into eu-stress in your life. ...Read more
Can not having near optimal range total t4 (6.3) tsh (1.02) and low total t3 (liothyronine) cause carb sensitivity and hypoglycemia, hypokalemia periodic paralysis?
Unlikely: Your thyroid test findings are normal and not likely to be the cause of your symptoms. It would be prudent to consult your doctor. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more