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Can Low Potassium Levels Cause Dizziness
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
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
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
I got my blood work done six years ago and it was normal. Now I have low hemoglobin, low MCH, high RDW and low potassium. I have dizziness, bouts of rapid heart rate and heart palpitations. I have normal cardiac workup. Could it be because of bleeding? Is
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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?
Could I have gitelman syndrome and not know? Fluctuating blood potassium levels, numbness, warm sensation, irreg. Heartbeat, weakness, fatigue, dizzy
More workup needed: Gitelman is much more than just potassium levels, and they don't "fluctuate." You also don't really find any symptoms you can feel. It's quite rare, and the likelihood of you having it is extremely low. The presence of magnesium wasting is also part of the diagnosis. Your symptoms are likely something else like anxiety or a psychosomatic disorder and can be evaluated by a primary care doctor. ...Read more
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?
I get light headed and dizzy then have extreme indigestion and my chest feels tight I am a diabetic would this be from potassium levels are something different
Hello.: Hello. If this is a new acute symptoms you should get an urgent assessment. I am answering this 9 hours after the fact so hopefully you are doing ok. You are describing something that feels like indigestion, chest tightness accompanied by feeling light headed and dizzy. If this is acute would have directed you to call 911. If this is a chronic symptom then I recommend you discuss it with your physician. ...Read more
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.
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
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
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
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
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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