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What could cause potassium deficiency. I eat healthy food but level is 3.0. I have to eat 6 bananas a day to get it to 3.6. Any kidney/health problems?
Potassium: Potassium deficiency is caused by HCTZ (hydrochlorothiazide) diuretic, which you take. If you have aldosterone excess, you will be potassium deficient also. Ask your doctor to check serum aldosterone level. HCT is promoting potassium loss. Low potassium causes muscle weakness and cramps and cardiac rhythm disturbances. ...Read more
I am recovering from a potassium deficiency. I would get symptomatic from small amounts of sodium. How do I know how much sodium I can have?
To bring K up:
Many foods will help to increase potassium. Including, bananas, other fresh fruits and juices, milk will help. For a more complete list consult the website given below:
you should consult your doctor to determine why you have potassium deficiency and treat the etiology. ...Read more
Easily: An adrenal adenoma or hyperplasia is the classic cause. Other causes include: diarrhea, vomiting, use of diuretics, chronic hyperventilation, use of alkalizing agents such as antacids or sodium bicarbonate, potassium deficient diet. Since you're 47, have you had low potassium for 28 years? ...Read more
Replacement: The body is very good at handling potassium. Virtually all potassium is in your cells not in your bloodstream. Unless you are taking diuretics, vomiting or having diarrhea, eat a very unusual diet or have hyperaldosteronism it is hard to drive your k+ down to dangerous levels. Most low k+ is artifact or transient alterations. Treatment is oral or IV potassium replacement depending on severity. ...Read more
Yes: Low potassium levels (known as hypokalemia) can often cause muscle weakness and cramps. Low potassium levels can occur after heavy exercise through poassium losses in sweat. This is why many sports drinks are fortified with potassium and athletes often eat foods rich in potassium in matches (for example, bananas). ...Read more
I have hypokelimia. Potassium deficiency. I body looses potassium daily. Is there ne permanent treatment of this?
More info needed: The top two places the body losses potassium are the gut or the kidney. Kidney losses are hormone related or acid/base related. Gut losses are usually related to loose stools or vomiting. There are medications to address either scenario, but at age 24 it is probably more important for you long term to find out why this is happening. Talk to your doctor, if he/she isn't sure. See a specialist. ...Read more
Potassium deficiency? Last time I had blood work done it was a point below. I'm having symptoms of potassium deficiency. We are suppose to get 3500mg?
Could be clot: If charley horse is associating with swelling I would be very concerned about deep venous thrombosis which is highly dangerous and can travel to lungs and cause pulmonary embolism, can be life theretening. Diagnosed with venous ultrasound of leg and treated with blood thinner. Highly recommend to get checked out. ...Read more
Do you think hair strand testing is more accurate than blood testing for things like magnesium and potassium deficiency?
Absolutely not!: Think about it: it takes weeks for your hair to grow. Analysis will tell you what your minerals were weeks ago. Potassium and magnesium levels, which are important for your heart's rhythm, can change day to day. A blood sample gives you immediate data which is what is necessary for decision making. ...Read more
If trace ketones and 100 protein are found in urine, and I have a history of potassium deficiency, what further tests/dr. Do I need?
Tests: You need to have your doctor show you all the lab results and discuss that in detail. I am a bit concerned that enough lab studies were not enough. Keep me posted. ...Read more
I had skip beats almost treated it (potassium deficiency maybe), now I have insane twitch, crawling around body mostly bottom half, calf tighten, some headache, arm ache (rare), could it be magnesium?
Skipped beats K?:
19M from Cleveland asks about skipped beats and almost treated it (potassium deficiency maybe) twitching crawling around body could it be Mg.
This can all come from low K and much less likely low Mg. But you need to see what your blood K and Mg are. Skipped beats due to low K are dangerous and you need to see your team again. ...Read more
I know I have a problem with my thyroid, but I have tried synthroid, (thyroxine) but I think it has to do with potassium deficiency, is that possible for the weight gain, fluid retention, charlie horses,?
You have to stop guessing. If you have a thyroid problem and if you were prescribed Synthroid (thyroxine) means you have Hypothyroidism, you have to continue and follow up with your Doctor who prescribed the Synthroid (thyroxine) as you will need repeat blood test to see if you need any dose adjustment.
Pottasium deficiency does not cause weight gain and fluid retention, ask your doctor to check potassium level as well ...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
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