are hot flashes a sign of low potassium level

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Dr. Ed Friedlander answered:

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

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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.
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh answered:

Have low potassium, going to dr. to check kidneys, also have hot flashes, red hot face and hands, few times had high blood sugar. Possible diabetes?

Need for blood test

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I trust that you plan to be fasting for your doctor's appointment so that fasting blood sugar may be tested. Though hemoglobin A1c can be tested in non-fasting state. It is not feasible to provide an answer without the lab tests.
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Dr. Yash K. Khanna answered:

My husband CHF, and only pumps 17 pre. today he is very dizziy, tried,soure, and is haveing hot flashes. Could this be a side effect of low potassium?

GET IT CHECKED

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You should get it checked with your doctor or the cardiologist.Your husband has CHF,we dont know what his ejection fraction is,he is dizzy and having hot flashes.He should see his doc to find out what is going on with him.
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What are the causes of low potassium (hypokalemia)?

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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
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Dr. Jack Rubin answered:

I have hypokalemia which is low potassium in my blood should I play soccer today or wait?

Low potassium

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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.
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Dr. Ed Friedlander answered:

What can cause sudden dangerously low potassium, hypokalemia, causing me to collapse and nearly die? What tests do I need?

Periodic paralysis?T

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This sounds to me like hypokalemic periodic paralysis. I've seen good physicians miss this. Please read up on it, see if this fits you, talk with your physicians, see if a diagnosis can be made, if it can, discuss the implications with your family.
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i have a low potassium problem and kidney stones problem. is my hypokalemia the cause of my kidney stones? or the other way?

Unlikely

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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.
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How does hypokalemia affect leg muscle endurance activities like running and swimming? With low potassium can you still build muscle?

Muscle cramps

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You need proteins to build and maintain muscle, but you need to right balance of fluids and electrolytes to have good muscle function. When your potassium is low, you are more likely to experience muscle cramps and fatigue.
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Was diagnosed with hypokalemia after taking florinef. same day i had blood work for NT-probnp. could low potassium cause high BNP? mine was high

Florinef

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Florinef causes salt and fluid retention. The fluid retention may cause a rise in BNP. Suggest you discuss result with your MD. Lowering of the potassium is a known side effect of Florinef use.
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Hoping you can tell me, is constant low potassium level a sign of cancer?

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Potassium balance is tightly regulated by the kidneys, so any potassium disorder implies some derangement in potassium intake or output. Low potassium could be due 1. to decreased intake, 2. physiological shifts and 3. increased loss in the stools or urine. It is best to consult nephrologist.
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