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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Low Electrolytes

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Dr. Frank Holmes
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Electrolytes (Definition)

Electrolytes are substances like sodium, potassium, chloride, magnesium, hydrogen, ...Read more


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I have Crohn's disease which has caused mild metabolic alkalosis due to low electrolytes. Can I safely consume pediaLyte everyday to counteract this?

I have Crohn's disease which has caused mild metabolic alkalosis due to low electrolytes. Can I safely consume pediaLyte everyday to counteract this?

Crohn desease: or inflam bowel disease--here inflamed colon loses its ability to absorb salt and water and potassium excretion in the lumen is decreases so there is metabolic alkalosis due to volume depletion and potassium loss in this case taking pedialyte should not hurt but is poorly absorbed ...Read more

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What causes low white bloodcells (3.6)and low platelets (135)? Blood clotting, fasting sugar, thyroid, electrolytes, kidney and liver function are normal.

What causes low white bloodcells (3.6)and low platelets (135)? Blood clotting, fasting sugar, thyroid, electrolytes, kidney and liver function are normal.

These are: Lowish but not low enough to do anything but repeat the test. The issue is why were they drawn? Higher WBC counts indicate infection, low counts of one element ( red cell, white cell or platelets) can be a variety of things for each from lack of production to excess destruction, to crowding out by other things. Too much to detail here, repeat the test and call your doctor. ...Read more

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Transgender-man2fem-is there a bloodworkless way to tell weakness/fatigue caused by electrolyte imbalance(aldactone) vs muscle loss/low testosterone?

Transgender-man2fem-is there a bloodworkless way to tell weakness/fatigue caused by electrolyte imbalance(aldactone) vs muscle loss/low testosterone?

No: For what you've listed, you need labs eg blood needs to be drawn. However, do know that there are other reasons for weakness & fatigue such as medications, supplements (see http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/05/09/tests-find-synthetic-stimulants-iforce-nutrition-dexaprine-xr/8905197/ for example of adulterated stuff), thyroid, depression, etc. Best to discuss your concerns w/your doc. ...Read more

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