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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
Check with doctor. : Your doctor can help answer your question after a careful review of your medical history and current medication usage including nonprescription medications and supplements. Avoid tight fist clenching when they draw your blood as this can result in a phenomenon known as pseudohyperkalemia. Zanaflex (tizanidine) probably is not responsible. ...Read more
I took aldactone (spironolactone) and it caused me to have high potassium levels? Why? Is that bad? I wanted to take it for my hirsituism :(
How quickly can doctors find the root cause of low potassium? Are there lots of tests that have to be done? I don't take any meds that would cause it.
I take 10 meqs of Kcl and my potassium is 3.5. My doctor doesn't seem to care why it was low in the first place, 2.8. Isn't it important to find the cause?
What causes a low blood calcium level? Mine is 8.5 and i already take potassium and magnesium. Do they have anything to do with it? Vit d 57.6
A calcium of: 8.5 is still normal. The calcium level is "total" calcium, of which 1/2 is bound to proteins. Have your doctor check your "ionized calcium" which is a much more accurate determination of whether your calcium is low or not. Low parathyroid hormone can cause low calcium, as can certain kidney diseases, and other problems. Make sure you are on calcium and d. Your d level is already ok. Check w/docto. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have had low potassium before, caused by ibd, i raised my levels w/ diet. If it is low again, how long should it take to improve w/ high potas. Diet?
IBD& K: It is very difficult to say how long because i don't know how much potassium your diet contains? What diet you are on?How often do you check your k? How much & how often you have ibd diarrhea. Low and high potassium are very serious. Can cause arrhythmia. Please see professional nutritionist or dietician. ...Read more
What kind of test will nephrologist do to determine cause of consistent low potassium? I do not take diuretics or have GI prob.
Hypokalemia tests: Some of the tests used to find a cause for hypokalemia, low potassium are: •serum renin, aldosterone, magnesium and cortisol, •24-hour urine aldosterone, cortisol, sodium, and potassium, •pituitary imaging to evaluate for cushing syndrome, •adrenal imaging to evaluate for adenoma, •evaluation for renal artery stenosis and •enzyme assays for 17-beta hydroxylase deficiency. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Potassium lvl of 2.8 w/ 80 meq of potassium a day? Takes spirolactone, trimeterine and others for chf. Causes for this? Treatment options?
Been having severe muscle contractions in my limbs. I take potassium ca & mg. Last nite began bilat mus. Of inner thighs. Cause?
Multiple: Muscle crampr are very frequent to occur specially in older individual.Muscle cramps that occur at night and at rest could be very painful.True ethiology of those cramps is unknown..Frequent reasons are low electrolytes, overuse.Medical conditions that cause electrolyte imbalance can cause cramps, neurologycal conditions such as als(amyotrophic lateral esclerosis)radiculopathy diabetic neuropathy.Ot. ...Read more
What would cause my potassium to be low with cardiac issues and flank pain? Doc said urine looked good. Im 24/eat well/do not overly lose fluids
Urinary losses: Unless you have long standing diarrhea or take water pills, you abnormally lose potassium in urine. Need to see a nephrologist. It is possible that your adrenal gland secretes more of aldosterone hormone than normal. Lab tests would confirm this. There are other possibilities too that need to be ruled out by your doc. It may end up that you will need to take a potassium pill or two, long term. ...Read more
What can cause severe leg muscle contractions? My potassium level is normal and i take magnesium every day, so I am exploring other explanations.
See your : Doctor about your concerns they may refer you for vascular testing. You are rather young for this but it does happen. Better safe then sorry. ...Read more
Is a potassium level of 3.0 deadly and can it cause 155+ resting heart rate? i can not take supplement due to taking med that couteracts. thanks!
Get evaluated ASAP: Low potassium levels, or hypokalemia, can cause potential heart arrhythmias (uneven rhythms) and high heart rates. Also, muscle cramping and weakness. First issue is to get evaluated emergently if your heart rate is really that high as you may need to get potassium corrected other potential interventions. In long run, talk to your doctor about adjusting medications/close follow-up of potassiums ...Read more
What can cause your potassium to go to 3.4. And can it affect your heart? I take vitamins, ester c, d, e.Fish oil lysine, can any of them affect your potassium?
Hyperkalemia: Because the kidneys are able to excrete potassium well, high potassium level in the blood is rare in patients with normal kidney function. High blood potassium level can result in patients with reduced kidney function in certain settings (excessive potassium intake, cell/tissue death, or shift of potassium from intracelluar to extracellular compartment). ...Read more
Lots of things: There are numerous medications that affect potassium balance as well as modify potassium removal from the body. One of the most common conditions in the U.S. Is a high sodium diet requiring the use of diuretics to avoid fluid overload giving the side effect low potassium. There are rare hormone causes of kidney potassium losses. Also vomiting or diarrhea can cause low potassium. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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