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Is There A Link Between Hypothyroidism And High Potassium
Hyperkalemia in an elevated potassium level in the blood. It can be mild to severe. The most common causes are kidney disease, Addison's disease, dehydration, and multiple drug therapies. It can occur in crush injuries and rhabdomyolysis (rapid breakdown of muscle) or hemolysis (breakdown of blood cells). Severe hyperkalemia can be fatal and cause the heart to stop beating or become very slow. It is usually treated by resin exchange agents (Kayexalate or others) or dialysis and fluids. Sometimes glucose, Insulin and sodium bicarbonate can be utilized as ...Read more
For 2 yrs have had high potassium and low sodium and have hypothyroid but TSH levels okay with meds, what could be wrong?
Low Cortisol: Someone with one autoimmune condition (including most people with hypothyroidism) are at somewhat higher risk to have another autoimmune condition. One possibility here is addison's disease (adrenal failure), in which the antibodies attack the adrenals, causing low levels of cortisol and other adrenal hormones, which can result in high potassium & low sodium. ...Read more
Last time my levels were checked my UN was at 3, and my potassium was at 2.1. I have been checked for diabetes. I am 8 mths pregnant & hypothyroidism.
Hi I am 27 years old and 8 months pregnant. I currently suffer from hypothyroidism, hypoparathyroidism (after thyroidectomy) and right now my potassium?
Need more info: Please, provide more info regarding your condition so we can properly address your question. ...Read more
My childs potassium, alkaline phosphate, carbon dioxide are low on blood test. Test was done due to my lupus & hypothyroidism. What does this mean?
Hard to say: Random test results reported with no history or exam findings make it impossible to decide if they are important or not. The normal values vary sometimes by age and we don't know if the report used proper kid or adult standards. You should review these with whoever ordered them. ...Read more
Phosphorus: No, Renagel binds phosphorus in the GI tract, thereby preventing its absorption and helping lower blood phosphorus levels which is particularly helpful for patients with advanced kidney disease or those already on dialysis who are prone to high blood phosphorus levels. Renagel has no effect on potassium. ...Read more
Low potassium: Potassium is a necessary ion (electrolyte) which is necessary for all cells but especially cardiac conduction. Low potassium raises the risk of arrhythmias. Kidneys very closely regulate potassium. Diarrhea, diuretics, vomiting, severe sweating, nasogastric drainage and (maybe) bizarre diet can cause a low potassium. If a measured potassium is low, supplementation with diet or meds is advised. ...Read more
Many conditions can cause high potassium levels in the blood. Among these are: disorders of the adrenal glands, hemolysis of red blood cells, breakdown of muscles following trauma.
Other causes are chronic kidney disease, diabetic ketoacidosis, or acidosis of any type, use of ace-inhibitors, or angiotensin blockers and the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents. ...Read more
Cardiac problems: The most feared and morbid complication is a cardiac arrhythmia which could be fatal. This is usually caused by an acute rise in potassium level. The body may adapt to a slow chronic rise and therefore a treatment plan should be dictated by your doctor who would follow the level closely. ...Read more
Indirectly: If you mean hga1c, that is a test for diabetes. Diabetes is the number 1 cause of renal failure in the United States. Since potassium only leaves the body through the urine and stool, if your kidney function worsens with poorly controlled diabetes resulting in high hga1c, your kidneys may not be able to control the potassium level resulting in high potassium. ...Read more
Dialysis Potassium: Yes, it is very common for dialysis patients to develop elevated potassium levels. The kidneys normally excrete potassium, so patients with renal failure will have a tendency for their potassium levels to rise. The dialysis machine removes excess potassium from the body, just like the kidneys do. Taking a diet low in potassium is helpful in keeping potassium levels controlled. ...Read more
Many foods: Salamualaikum! These include sweet potatoes, tomato sauce, beet greens, beans, bananas, yogurt, clams, prunes, carrot juice, molasses, fish, soybeans, winter squash, milk, orange juice. ...Read more
Yes: Avoid the following: potatoes, tomato juice/sauce, oranges, bananas, peanut butter, much squash/zucchini, & raisin. You cannot eat potassium free diet. But you can minimize it and follow with your doc on the trend. Many of the times, the high potassium is due to medication. Ask your doc if this is the case. ...Read more
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Above normal range: Potassium is a natural element important for bodily functions. The body regulates its blood levels very tightly. Too high or too low causes problems, such as heart rhythm (life threatening). High levels in blood can be caused by a multitude of things. Common and important causes are: kidney disease, medication side effect, acidity in blood... First thing to do is confirm by repeating the bloodwork. ...Read more
Hyperkalemia effects: High blood potassium levels, hyperkalemia, (h) can lead to abnormal heart rhythms. Moderate h can produce ekg changes (ekg is an electrical reading of the heart muscles). Severe h can cause suppression of electrical activity of the heart and can cause the heart to stop beating. H can also cause muscle weakness or paralysis in severe cases. If you have h, see a nephrologist for a diagnosis and cure. ...Read more
I'm not sure if you have a primary liver or kidney disease (or both). Creatinine elevation is unlikely the cause of liver dysfunction, unless medications are having a prolonged effect on the liver from kidney dysfunction.
The high potassium points to a kidney source of the problem.
See your internist. ...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 more
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 more
HIgh potassium level: Factitious hyperkalemia (fh) is caused buy potassium (k) leaking from the intracellular space while taking a sample of blood. Other causes are the rupture of red blood cells in the test tube which elevates k levels. Fh is seen with increased platelets in a person's blood. If you were not acidotic, and have a normal, for age, creatinine level, I suspect you had fh causing your high k reading. ...Read more
One for your doctor: A low creatinine is never a cause for concern. High potassium in the absence of some sign of ill-health can be due to something as trivial as rough handling of the blood tube (hemolysis). Perhaps your physician will repeat the draw, or write off a lab that does not make sense. I trust you do not have addisonism. Good luck. ...Read more