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Are Hot Flashes A Sign Of Low Potassium Level
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?
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?
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
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?
Nephrologist: 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. ...Read more
Hypokalemia cause extreme muscle spasm between shoulder blades? Causing nausea, inability to move, hot flashes? I am clinically Hypokpp diagnosed.
Hypokalemia : can cause what you describe discuss with your doc and get on treatment ...Read more
Long list of answers: High k (potassium) can be from lab error, released from red cells or from taking in more than the kidneys can remove. Typically from kidney trouble. Some medications make this more possible. Low k is found in patients who are volume depleted, drugs such as Lasix (furosemide) can make this happen. Some kidney diseases lead to k loss. These problems need expert attention. K problems are serious. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can a 3.60 (slightly low) potassium level go to normal with simple changes in diet for one or two days or is longer time needed for improvement?Thnx
Low K: There should be a reason why you K is low. Are you on meds ? Diarrhea etc. diet may help but if you have gon goon losses k may not rise just with diet. Determining the cause is key. A urine study can often help along with a good history. Often meds are the culprit for low K. Suggest find cause fix that and diet will help. Best of luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Get worked up including a competent hyperaldosteronism check ...Read more
I had a CBC done and it showed a slight low potassium level. Would this cause small red dots on legs and hands?
Does not add up: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, CBC does not measure potassium so the information you provided is not reliable and you should consult the doctor who ordered the test. ...Read more
Heart palpitations and diahhrea. I have a heart murmur but I seen the heart doc not to long ago and everything was ok. I did have low potassium level.
Restore potassium: Your potassium must be restored to normal before anything else. Additionally your RBC magnesium level needs to be checked and also followed as the magnesium level affects potassium level and both can precipitate arrythmias. The diarrhea probably caused the initially low potassium. Make sure you don't have an infection. Meantime rehydrate with an electrolyte drink to restore fluid and minerals. ...Read more
Could you have Vipoma w/ out diarrhea? I have had low pottasium, numbness, weakness, hot flashes, high vip test, temp paralysis, low heart rate, dehyd
It comes and goes: VIP levels and diarrhea fluctuate. This is an uncommon condition best managed with a team approach. Adrenal insufficiency and other conditions that cause diarrhea have by now been excluded I would assume. You should have a good talk with your gastroenterologist about what to expect. ...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 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
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