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How do you fix an electrolyte imbalance?

How do you fix an electrolyte imbalance?

Electrolyte imbalanc: It depends which electrolyte (s) are imbalanced and then to try and find a cause. If they are low, then replace them. ...Read more

Dr. Frank Holmes
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Electrolytes (Definition)

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


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What are the signs/symptoms of an electrolyte imbalance?

Various: Look first for weakness, then confusion. In the hospital, very sick people are monitored and sodium, potassium, and acid-based are controlled well. Outside, we see this in people abusing diuretics, overdoing drinking water, folks with renal and/or adrenal disease, and athletes who overdo things in the heat. Symptoms and signs are seldom "textbook". ...Read more

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What are some key symptoms to electrolyte imbalance and what causes electrolyte imbalance?

What are some key symptoms to electrolyte imbalance and what causes electrolyte imbalance?

Many:: Irregular heartbeat.
Weakness.
Bone disorders.
Twitching.
Blood pressure changes.
Confusion.
Seizures.
Numbness.

these are just a few

causes: dehydration, medications, poor diet, kidney disease to name a few ...Read more

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How do I check for electrolyte imbalance? What should I do if my medication is causing it?

How do I check for electrolyte imbalance? What should I do if my medication is causing it?

Chem-7: A chemistry check can allay your concerns. Some medications, like diuretics and some blood pressure medications (like losartan), commonly cause electrolyte abnormalities. Your doctor is best able to advise if your medications may be causing a problem. ...Read more

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What is the difference between electrolyte imbalance and dehydration? What are symptoms of both to look for?

What is the difference between electrolyte imbalance and dehydration? What are symptoms of both to look for?

1=the other: U should always maintain proper hydration. Dehydration leads 2 electrolyte imbalance. Even if u do not sweat a lot in the heat, u have insensible water and electrolyte loss especially if active in the sun u can b fooled by a breeze 2 think u r ok. Water & a sports drink will b the best. Or some of the old school use salt tablets, but a gator aide like replacement is best. ...Read more

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How does electrolyte imbalance affect the heart?

How does electrolyte imbalance affect the heart?

They Drive the Heart: Your heart is a muscular pump with four valves that will not do anything without the electrical impulses that drives it.

Sodium (na+) potassium (k+) and calcium (ca 2+) are the primary electrolytes that are critical for a normal heart rhythm.

The heart will beat abnormally (arrhythmias) if the electrolytes are not in their normal ranges. The kidneys do a pretty good job keeping a balance. ...Read more

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Does chronic long term glycerin suppository use cause electrolyte imbalance?

Electrolytes: Any kind of chronic use of laxatives / enema can cause electrolyte imbalance. It's recommended you have regular lab work done. ...Read more

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Can you please talk about of the easiest to stop symptoms of an electrolyte imbalance?

Electrolyte problem: To get an answer to your question, you need to be more specific about what type of electrolyte imbalance you are talking about. The treatment of high potassium is different from the treatment of a high sodium. Please provide more details about the problem to get a meaningful answer. ...Read more

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How much diarrhea or for how long would a person have to have complete watery diarrhea for electrolyte imbalance to occur? How to replenish?

How much diarrhea or for how long would a person have to have complete watery diarrhea for electrolyte imbalance to occur? How to replenish?

1 day, Gatorade: You can get dehydrated within a day of having severe diarrhea with multiple watery bowel movements. It is very important to stay hydrated as well as replace electrolytes. The best thing to replace electrolytes would be a sports drink such as gatorade. It is likely that when you are younger, your parents may have given use pedialyte which does the same thing. ...Read more

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Could drinking alcohol cause an electrolyte imbalance?

Could drinking alcohol cause an electrolyte imbalance?

Yes: alcohol makes you go to the bathroom where you can loose many electrlytes ...Read more

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Can to much prune juice cause electrolyte imbalance?

Diarrhea: Prune juice on its own does not cause the problem. Prune juice is taken to make stool looser and if there is diarrhea, yes that can cause electrolyte imbalance. ...Read more

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Will drinking excessive amounts of alcohol cause an electrolyte imbalance?

Will drinking excessive amounts of alcohol cause an electrolyte imbalance?

Dehydration...: ...Is most common problem with excessive alcohol intake. Chronic drinkers are often magnesium depleted, and occasionally have low potassium as well. ...Read more

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I drink about 85-100 oz of water a day plus 32 oz of dr pepper. Will this cause electrolyte imbalance?

I drink about 85-100 oz of water a day plus 32 oz of dr pepper. Will this cause electrolyte imbalance?

Dr. Pepper: As long as your also eating and not just living off dr. Pepper and water and as long as you have normal functioning kidneys like most do, you will not encounter electrolyte imbalance. You will however encounter other less easily treatable conditions with your continued daily 32 oz intake dr pepper, obesity being one of them. The water is okay and start cutting back on the dr. Pepper all together. ...Read more

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Could tingly scalp and lightheadedness on rising from bed or chair be related to electrolyte imbalance in middle aged man?

Could tingly scalp and lightheadedness on rising from bed or chair be related to electrolyte imbalance in middle aged man?

Yes, but it: Sounds more like postural hypotension, that is, low blood pressure upon arising from lying position. If this person has irregular heart beat or neurologic symptoms, it is urgent. Have him see a doctor. ...Read more

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I'm suspecting electrolyte imbalance but I always had kidney stones (mild), if it's my kidney how can I tell? I don't feel anything in them now and they've been fine for almost a year now?

Need examination: Suspecting an electrolyte imbalance is on the basis of clinical data. For example, a person with intractable vomiting or someone who's severely dehydrated, who drinks 20 gallons of H20 (they exist) are all folks to SUSPECT as having electrolyte imbalances. But proving requires lab tests or in your case urine samples as well. More questions? Www. Healthtap. Com/drsaghafi Key Code: PDXFNR ...Read more

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It is dangerous to run a marathon using Diazoxide? Could it cause an electrolyte imbalance? I need to take it for my hyperinsulinemia

It is dangerous to run a marathon using Diazoxide? Could it cause an electrolyte imbalance? I need to take it for my hyperinsulinemia

Speak to your doctor: You need to discuss with your physician to make sure that running a marathon is the right thing to do with your condition and the medications you are on, that's my advice to you. ...Read more

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Can a severe electrolyte imbalance cause an epilectic seizure in someone who DOESN'T have epilepsy? And if not then what can cause a seizure?

Can a severe electrolyte imbalance cause an epilectic seizure in someone who DOESN'T have epilepsy? And if not then what can cause a seizure?

Yes: An electrolyte imbalance can cause a seizure. So can many other events that are not epileptic. When someone has a seizure, we first look for other causes before considering epilepsy as the chances for repeat seizures are very low when the cause is treated. If someone has a known seizure disorder, the same things can cause loss of control even when medication has been effective. ...Read more

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I would like to know the side effects of the medicine triametrene/hydrochlorothiazide. Does it increase blood glucose and cause electrolyte imbalance?

I would like to know the side effects of the medicine triametrene/hydrochlorothiazide. Does it increase blood glucose and cause electrolyte imbalance?

Mainly potassium: Hydrochlothiazide can lower potassium and triamterene high potassium. Hctz (hydrochlorothiazide) can cause low sodium and high calcium. Most of the side effects should be on package insert with medication. ...Read more

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LLQ ache, feels like I pulled a muscle in my abdomen when I bend to sit down or move a certain way. Could it be from electrolyte imbalance?

Probably not...: Hi! Medgirl86, What you well observed and described more point to physically related disorders like those from regional joints & muscles leading to local nerve-ending irritation than to electrolyte imbalance which tends to more often involve leg muscles for some reason. Of course, to be for sure, follow instructions described in http://formefirst. Com/eNewsletter06.html; then you can work better... ...Read more

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My doctor wants me to take omeprazole for 1 month to heal my gastritis and GERD. Will it cause electrolyte imbalance?

My doctor wants me to take omeprazole for 1 month to heal my gastritis and GERD. Will it cause electrolyte imbalance?

GERD electrolytes: In general the answer is no. Continue to stay in close follow up with your primary care physician. Continue to eat normally like you usually do. ...Read more

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Doc tells me to use glycerin suppository whenever I need for constipation. But can chronic use cause electrolyte imbalance? I have Wolff Parkinson whi

Doc tells me to use glycerin suppository whenever I need for constipation. But can chronic use cause electrolyte imbalance? I have Wolff Parkinson whi

Unlikely to be probm: Using enemas to deal with constipation can result in electrolyte abnormalities while glycerine suppositories would not. You might just teach yourself to empty on demand every day and avoid the problem altogether. ...Read more

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I have seen lots of doctors and non of them suspect electrolyte imbalance, I have a lot of twitching, skipped heart beat which improves with bananas and headache. What test should I have?

Here are some...: After seeing a number of doctors for concerning muscle spam or multiple systemic symptoms, such patients are usually blood-tested for electrolytes. Amazingly, you've self noticed that eating banana has improved your heart skip beat. So, keep use it since it's harmless. Nonetheless, talk with doc and test electrolyte if not done yet. And talk with doc about you concerned. Best wish... ...Read more