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How Will I Know If My Potassium Levels Are Too Low Or High
Blood test: High and low blood levels of potassium may actually have similar symptoms e.g. Muscle fatigue or cramps. There is no substitute for blood test. Taking excessive amounts of otc potassium pills for cramps is dangerous since if you have high levels of blood potassium it may be compounded causing heart muscle problems. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I recently have been experiencing strange health issues, had 2 blood potassium levels that were high. Now 5.0 but low sodium 133. Been felling unwell
HIgh potassium level: You lab results are a bit abnormal. It would be helpful is you could get the results of the bun, creatinine and carbon dioxide levels, as well. Ask the doctor who ordered the blood tests for you for his explanation of your lab work. He is the best position to answer your questions. ...Read more
Long list of answers: High k (potassium) can be from lab error, released from red cells or from taking in more than the kidneys can remove. Typically from kidney trouble. Some medications make this more possible. Low k is found in patients who are volume depleted, drugs such as Lasix (furosemide) can make this happen. Some kidney diseases lead to k loss. These problems need expert attention. K problems are serious. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: Addison's disease is a state of low cortisol or hypocortisolism. In addition to cortsiol, the adrenal galnd also produces a very important hormone called aldosterone. The latter is responsible for reabsorbing sodium from the urine in exchange for potassium. If such hormone is not produced in sufficient quantity (either isolated or in conjunction with cortisol), potassium levels go up. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
When do you have to get IV potassium for low levels. My potassium blood level was 3.3. Sodium high 148, due to low potassium?
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