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I keep having to take potassium because I keep losing it. What can cause this?

I keep having to take potassium because I keep losing it. What can cause this?

Diagnosis first: I would first have to ask why you know you are always losing potassium. The kidneys are very good at being able to hold onto potassium, especially when you aren't eating very much. Most people who are losing potassium are on blood pressure medications called diuretics (lasix, chlorthalidone, hydrochlorothiazide). A switch to a different medicine may be the solution. ...Read more

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Potassium is an essential electrolyte, important in the functioning of many organs including the heart, kidneys, muscles, nerves, and digestive system. Deficiency can be caused by diseases such as kidney failure, vomiting, and diarrhea, or by ...Read more


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I am gaining weight very quickly if I stop my dite. What can I do to keep my weight as it is. Please help me.?

I am gaining weight very quickly if I stop my dite. What can I do to keep my weight as it is. Please help me.?

Diet: Unfortunately for most of us weight gain or loss is simple math. If we take in more calories than we use we gain weight, and to lose weight we have to take in less or use more. If you are very overweight your metabolism slows down even more so it is harder to lose. Get your thyroid checked just to make sure it isn't a cause. ...Read more

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I was just told that i'm anemic and my body is not absorbing b12. What would cause this and how can I do to imprive this?

I was just told that i'm anemic and my body is not absorbing b12. What would cause this and how can I do to imprive this?

Vit B12: Absorption of vit B12 can be interrupted if one is lacking intrinsic factor, or in the setting of autoimmune gastritis- that also can happen. You will need to get replacement of vit B12 if the level is low- that can be given via- sublingual, nasal spray or intramuscular injection. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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I keep having kidney stones what is the cause and what can I do to have less thanks?

I keep having kidney stones what is the cause and what can I do to have less thanks?

Diet and fluid: Calcium oxalate is most common in adults; reasons: dehydration; excess calcium in urine; excess oxalate in urine; low citrate in urine. Diet: avoid spinach, rhubarb, strawberries, nuts, chocolate, tea, wheat bran, and all dry beans; drink OJ 8 oz 2x daily; add ReaLemon extract: 5 tblspns / day; increase fluid 4 liters/day; only 4 oz meat/day; low salt; 4-5 fruits/day; HCTZ (hydrochlorothiazide) 25 mg / day from doc. ...Read more

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My feet are curved and i think its caused me to fall before, what can i buy to prevent falls so that dont happen? and why would i have feet like that?

My feet are curved and i think its caused me to fall before, what can i buy to prevent falls so that dont happen? and why would i have feet like that?

Not a foot fall.: Sorry Pearl but curved feet in and among themselves are not likely the cause of your falling. There are other, more probable reasons that are more than likely involved. To isolate the contributing causes a thorough physical exam is necessary. ...Read more

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What to do if I have IBS that gives me diorehha and my bowels keep emptying. How can I put weight on?

What to do if I have IBS that gives me diorehha and my bowels keep emptying. How can I put weight on?

Se a good GI: If you have diarrhea predominant ibs then this will take some work. Other etiologies such as infections an inflamatory boweldisease, and food allwegy must TB eliminated first. ...Read more

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Hello im trying to loose around 25 pounds and it is very very hard for me to control my eating issue do you think you can help me?

Hello im trying to loose around 25 pounds and it is very very hard for me to control my eating issue do you think you can help me?

Diet and exercise: It's definitely important to engage in diet and exercise regularly. Take it easy and start slowly. Eat three healthy main meals( breakfast is crucial)and a healthy snack in between. Lower your sugar intake as well as soda. More water as well. Start exercise slowly, 15 mins every other day so you make your goal at least 30-45 mins most days of the week. A consult with a dietitian will help. ...Read more

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Can simvastatin affect your liver? i keep retaining fluids and im not eating much so its not the foods. should i ask my doctor to put me on something

Can simvastatin affect your liver? i keep retaining fluids and im not eating much so its not the foods. should i ask my doctor to put me on something

Not the cause: While simvastatin causes liver damage extremely rarely (about 1 in 100,000 for serious damage), it's not the likely cause of fluid retention. Issues with your kidneys, previous knee and hip surgeries, malnutrition, hormonal influences, and venous insufficiency are all more likely causes. ...Read more

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What to do if I have hypothyroidism and reactions like going to sleep after eating and losing my energy. how can I stop this?

What to do if I have hypothyroidism and reactions like going to sleep after eating and losing my energy. how can I stop this?

Take thyroid hormone: Hi. Take thyroid hormone replacement, have your dose adjusted to the proper dose, and be compliant with taking it! Works every time! Good luck! ...Read more

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What to do if i keep getting boners and precumming in my speedo. How can I prevent this?

What to do if i keep getting boners and precumming in my speedo. How can I prevent this?

Won't always work: All competitive male swimmers know about this. Looser speedos may help but may slow you down in the water. Speedos are designed so you can keep the contents of your front pouch at an angle, under control and less visible. And even if you do get all excited at a swim meet, nobody's going to care as long as you don't actively try to draw attention to this. ...Read more

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I have bad cramping during my period that tends to leave me unable to move and cause me to puke. Is this something to worry about? I am also irregular

I have bad cramping during my period that tends to leave me unable to move and cause me to puke. Is this something to worry about? I am also irregular

Dysmenorrhea: You suffer from dysmennorhea, as you have excessive pain which interferes with your daily activities.Cramping, nausea and vomoting are the sumptoms of it you should consult youe family doctor or gynecologist and he/she can prescribe you some meds to take and give you relief. ...Read more

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I keep forgetting to take my methotrexate, im starting to get charlie horses. can this be a result from not taking medicine?

I keep forgetting to take my methotrexate, im starting to get charlie horses. can this be a result from not taking medicine?

Hard to say: As it's not clear why you take methotrexate. Remember, as it's very much possible that it is unrelated too. Best to try to make sure you are more consistent about your methotrexate use and if the charlie horses persist or a very debilitating, schedule an appointment with your doctor. ...Read more

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What do I need to eat and how much to maintain normal blood pressure throughout the day? I get anxiety cause i worry it might be too low or high

What do I need to eat and how much to maintain normal blood pressure throughout the day? I get anxiety cause i worry it might be too low or high

Normal diet: Unless you have a bad family history, unlikely any major BP abnormality. However, why not allay fears by checking your BP a few times a day over a couple of days? Wrist cuff is cheap, and acceptable for screening, and can be used by one person. ...Read more

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How long do I have to fast before bloodwork? Im type 1 diabetic and sometimes my blood sugar goes low in the middle of the night and I have to eat. Is there anything i can eat to avoid having to wait all day to eat anything in order to pass this blood wo

How long do I have to fast before bloodwork? Im type 1 diabetic and sometimes my blood sugar goes low in the middle of the night and I have to eat. Is there anything i can eat to avoid having  to wait all day to eat anything in order to pass this blood wo

U can't with a low: If you have a low blood sugar in the middle of the night, you have to treat it. That would put a kink in morning fasting labs. My concern would be to prevent the lows; you shouldn't have to feed your diabetes to get thru the night. The problem is to sort out why you're having overnight lows and prevent them. Please discuss with ur doc. Fasting is going 8-12 hours without food. ...Read more

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I seem to be fatigued when i am out on my way to work... I know it might be the extremes of temperature... I even gave low blood pressure what to do??

I seem to be fatigued when i am out on my way to work... I know it might be the extremes of temperature... I even gave low blood pressure what to do??

Further work up: A person should generally have good energy especially in the morning after a good night's sleep. You should see a doctor to try to find the sources of morning fatigue and be sure the low blood pressure is not due to a hormonal situation, electrolyte imbalance, a cardiac condition etc. In the meantime, getting at least 7 hours of sleep an keeping hydrated is crucial. All the best! ...Read more

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