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Can Low Potassium Cause Seizures
Can low potassium cause seizures in non epileptic pt? I've had two seizures over 15months and both times potassium has been critical low.
Not really: Convulsive episodes or seizures do not occur at increased frequency or risk in hypokalemic patients. Muscle weakness and fatigue/lethargy are more common symptoms of potassium depletion. More at risk with low potassium is heart rhythm and muscle paralysis in the condition known as hypokalemic periodic paralysis. ...Read more
I take topamax (topiramate) 150 mg per day for headaches/seizures. Is it possible those med adjustments cause my hypokalemia?
Yes its possible.: Yes indeed, topamax (topiramate) can cause infrequent side effects of dehydration, low potassium (hypokalemia), and low calcium (hypocalcemia). Severeal medical studies support this finding. Definitely discuss this with your doctor and see if a different medication might be better for you. ...Read more
If a person has a seizure because they are low on potassium - where does the threshold begin in the bloods potassium level to cause seizures?
Dangerously Low: No definite answer for you, but the level has to be very low, usually below 2 mg/dl. ...Read more
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
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
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:
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
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
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 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?
How does hypokalemia affect leg muscle endurance activities like running and swimming? With low potassium can you still build muscle?
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
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
My daughter was in ER after a seizure. Her potassium was 2.8 & her heart rate was around 155.She's 14.We're waiting on EEG & MRI. What causes this?
Hard to say: The findings you list are not specific to a cause. The best people to answer your questions are those that have access to the full history, exam and all the test results. It is hard to wait & you usually go to a dark place expecting the worst. However, most cases will be a fixable problem. ...Read more
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 more
When treating genetically-induced hypokalemia (3 members of my immediate family have it), how much oral potassium should be taken on a daily basis?
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 more
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 more
What is more appropriate for hypokalemia? Potassium citrate or potassium chloride? Thank you. Please explain.
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?
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