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Took potassium for hypokalemia but it's been 3 days and still super dizzy?

Took potassium for hypokalemia but it's been 3 days and still super dizzy?

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 more

Dr. Madhu Kandarpa
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Potassium (Definition)

Potassium is an essential electrolyte, important in the functioning of many organs including the heart, kidneys, muscles, nerves, and digestive system. Deficiency can be caused by diseases such as kidney failure, vomiting, and diarrhea, or by ...Read more


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What can cause dizziness and a low pulse rate (44-60 bpm). EKG, X-ray, blood work, CT scan are all normal except for low potassium.

What can cause dizziness and a low pulse rate (44-60 bpm). EKG, X-ray, blood work, CT scan are all normal except for low potassium.

Dizzy with low pulse: Hello JCortes, that's a really tough set of symptoms because there can be so many causes of dizziness. The first thing to come to my mind though when I hear low blood pressure though is medications, especially blood pressure medicine. If you're taking any medicine, prescribed or not prescribed, you should probably see your doctor or google them and check for common side effects. Good luck :) ...Read more

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Sudden dizziness, arms felt cold, nausea, and feeling faint, so went to ER. EKG normal, chest X-ray & brain CT & blood tests ok but low potassium. Sent home. Can Low potassium cause these symptoms?

Sudden dizziness, arms felt cold, nausea, and feeling faint, so went to ER. EKG normal, chest X-ray & brain CT & blood tests ok but low potassium. Sent home. Can Low potassium cause these symptoms?

Not likely: Your symptoms & the rapidity with which everything seems to have come on speaks in favor of what we refer to as a VASOVAGAL reaction. For some reason you suddenly had a stimulation by the Vagus Nerve of your cardiovascular system which would've dropped your blood pressure & heart rate by a fair amount. Since you were sent home from the ER I'm sure your potassium wasn't THAT LOW to be of concern. ...Read more

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On february 23 of 2011nowhere I went to the hospital for having low potassium. And im fully recovered, but when I drink soda I start to get dizzy why?

Unclear to me why: This should not be related to history of low potassium although you need yearly lab to make sure that you do not have that again. Why is being dizzy with soda intake? Could it be related to abdominal distension or ulcer disease? Unclear. Need to check with a doctor who knows your medical history and your vital signs to be able to get a better answer. ...Read more

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Does hypokalemia cause dizziness?

Does hypokalemia cause dizziness?

Hypokalemia: Depending on the degree of electrolyte imbalance the more dizzy you can become. You may be slightly off with regard to your potassium level. Eat a couple of bananas. They have a lot of potassium, lettuce (romaine) and kale. Also have good potassium levels. A balanced diet with 5 helping of fruits and vegetable per day in recommended. Good luck and feel better! ...Read more

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I have hypokalemia. Last few days I've been dizzy and muscle weakness to the point I almost fall. Could my levels be low?

I have hypokalemia. Last few days I've been dizzy and muscle weakness to the point I almost fall. Could my levels be low?

Hypokalemia.: Yes, your hypokalemia can be causing the symptoms of muscle weakness. Consult your physician to check your potassium level. There are many reasons a person can have hypokalemia, it can be due to certain medications or some endocrine and metabolic disorders. In the meantime you should eat food rich in potassium e.G bananas and oranges and get the work up done for hypokalemia. ...Read more

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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?

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: You should get it checked with your doctor or the cardiologist. Your husband has chf, we don't 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. ...Read more

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Hyperparathyroidism with low vit. D and slightly elevated potassium. What does this mean to you? Could high potassium cause headaches? Dizziness?

Hyperparathyroidism with low vit. D and slightly elevated potassium. What does this mean to you? Could high potassium cause headaches? Dizziness?

Hyperparathyroidism: It means you do have Hyperparathyroidism and since you are less than 50 years old, you are a candidate for Parathyroid surgery to cure it. You need vit d supplemet depending on your level. High Pottasium level has been described with Hyperparathyroidism and may cause headace ...Read more

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What are the causes of 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 more

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

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 more

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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?

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 more

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Insulin 64 after high carbs and glucose 54 & hypokalemia. I'm hypokalemic PP diagnosed but wonder if congenital hyperinsulin can cause low potassium?

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

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Was diagnosed with hypokalemia after taking florinef (fludrocortisone). Same day I had blood work for nt-probnp. Could low potassium cause high bnp? Mine was high

Was diagnosed with hypokalemia after taking florinef (fludrocortisone). Same day I had blood work for nt-probnp. Could low potassium cause high bnp? Mine was high

Florinef (fludrocortisone): Florinef (fludrocortisone) 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 (fludrocortisone) use. ...Read more

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Can potassium level of 3.0 cause severe dizziness, 155+ resting heart rate and trouble concentrating while having these symptoms? Thanks!

Seek medical care: A resting heart rate of 155+ is very concerning. The potassium needs to be corrected. Seek medical attention immediately. The dizziness and difficulty concentrating are symptoms of cardiac problems. Please go to the ER. Do not attempt to drive yourself there! You need an EKG and medical work-up. ...Read more

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My potassium is 3.9 could my potassium be low? Tachycardia and dizzy. Period is late and have constipation. Would it be smart to do a blood test?

My potassium is 3.9 could my potassium be low? Tachycardia and dizzy. Period is late and have constipation. Would it be smart to do a blood test?

Assium of 3.9 is wit: Potassium of 3.9 is within typical normal range. Would consider other causes. Maybe ensure thyroid is in appropriate range. Also would get ecg. ...Read more

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What is the reason of high potassium and low white cell in blood since I have IBS (consumption)? Dry eyes, feeling dizziness, nausea, headache sometimes.

Many symptoms: High potassium is usually seen with kidney failure or taking certain medications. Low white blood cell count is usually due to viral illness or bone marrow disorders. Dry eyes occur in some autoimmune diseases. Your physician would be best qualified to evaluate you. ...Read more

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High potassium, platelets, wbc, acth test low. Fever still, muscle, joint pain, dizziness, etc, chiari too. Borderline addison's.Do I have it? Hemoc poss. Y

High potassium, platelets, wbc, acth test low. Fever still, muscle, joint pain, dizziness, etc, chiari too. Borderline addison's.Do I have it? Hemoc poss. Y

Not likely,,,: Due to your low acth, you might have secondary adrenal insufficiency which can give many of the same symptoms, like dizziness and muscle pain. You also could have an infection as seen with your high wbc. It would be smart to see your doctor and get an acth stimulation test to see for sure if your adrenals work right. ...Read more

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

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

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

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

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

Muscle cramps: 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. ...Read more

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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

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Does anyone no what low pottasium, low sulphate and low red cells all mean, had sudden alopecia, dizziness, nusea bad heads, thank u?

Does anyone no what low pottasium, low sulphate and low red cells all mean, had sudden alopecia, dizziness, nusea bad heads, thank u?

Depends on how low: The condition depends on the degree of reduction and duration of the reduction
low potassium could cause weakness on mild weakness if it is slightly low and more serious if it is very low. Changes in sulfate take more lo and little longer time. Red cell lowering also somewhat similar to that of sulphate ...Read more

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Could a person have Addison's disease with a normal CBC? Normal sodium, potassium, and glucose within the general test. Symptoms of fatigue/dizziness.

Could a person have Addison's disease with a normal CBC? Normal sodium, potassium, and glucose within the general test. Symptoms of fatigue/dizziness.

Addisons disease: Why are you thinking this? There are special tests for addisons disease. You need to give mor symptoms. Having fatigue and dizziness can be from many possible reasons. Begin with a very good history. See doctor and start there ...Read more

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Florinef (fludrocortisone) for pots 50mcg felt a lot better now. 1mg feel dizzy and sick. Will these side effects go? Potassium is fine weekly blood test. Ughh!

Florinef (fludrocortisone) for pots 50mcg felt a lot better now. 1mg feel dizzy and sick. Will these side effects go? Potassium is fine weekly blood test. Ughh!

Lower dose?: You may need to lower the dose, but you should only do this with your doctor's supervision! Never stop Florinef (fludrocortisone) abruptly, it could lead to fatal adrenal crisis if you were previously on it for awhile. Florinef (fludrocortisone) supresses your body's natural production of cortisol, so stopping suddenly can cause low cortisol crisis. ...Read more

Dr. Clarence Grim
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Hypokalemia (Definition)

Most labs will define normal as 3.5 to 5. Some may increase the upper limits to 5.2 but anything above 5.5 is clearly abnormal. Level below ...Read more


Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Dizziness (Definition)

Dizziness is a feeling of light headedness that includes loss of balance, vertigo, or the feeling as ...Read more