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What is combined levels of high potassium and low sodium mean?

What is combined levels of high potassium and low sodium mean?

Nephrologist: Low sodium and high potassium means either there is dehydration as in severe diarrhea or overhydration, excess fluid as in heart failure. This electrolyte abnormality is a complex physiological derangement, which is usually best dealt by a nephrologist. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Hyperkalemia (Definition)

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


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Low potassium 3mmol/l for the last month? Have been eating high potassium foods and it has not increased?

Low potassium 3mmol/l for the last month? Have been eating high potassium foods and it has not increased?

Need more info.: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, chronically low potassium suggests an abnormality of adrenal cortical hormones. It would be prudent to see your doctor for an evaluation. See this site
http://www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/low-potassium/basics/causes/SYM-20050632 ...Read more

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What does a high potassium level mean? What about a low potassium level?

What does a high potassium level mean? What about a low potassium level?

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

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Why do people with addison's disease have low cortisol and high potassium?

Why do people with addison's disease have low cortisol and high potassium?

Several reasons: Low cortisol is the definition of adrenal insufficiency. High k is due to a combination of aldosterone deficiency in true primary ai (addison's) and dehydration. ...Read more

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Why does one have low cortisol and high potassium levels in addison's disease?

Why does one have low cortisol and high potassium levels in addison's disease?

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

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Why would someone with addison's disease have low cortisol and high potassium?

Addison's disease: Patients with addison's disease have a low cortisol level since the adrenal glands do not produce it. They have high potassium levels because their adrenal glands do not produce aldosterone, which helps the body get rid of potassium in the kidney. ...Read more

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High potassium & low creatine. I know it has to do with kidneys but what can this mean?

High potassium & low creatine. I know it has to do with kidneys but what can this mean?

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

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Why have I been told that I have high potassium and low function kidneys. I have normal creatinine. What is wrong with me.

Why have I been told that I have high potassium and low function kidneys. I have normal creatinine. What is wrong with me.

Creatinine: If you have a normal creatinine by definition your kidney function should be normal Although creatinine is based on muscle mass If you have low muscle mass having a so called normal creatinine you still could have abnormal renal function ...Read more

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I've had a cmp done and it shows that I have high potassium, low neutrophilis, and high lymphs. I also think i havecandida what do the results indicate?

I've had a cmp done and it shows that I have high potassium, low neutrophilis, and high lymphs. I also think i havecandida what do the results indicate?

Sounds normal: The high potassium may be the result of some red blood cell breakage during the transport of the specimen, but should be considered in the context of reason for the test. The white cell (neutros and lymphs) may be normal, but again need to be interpreted in the context of reason for testing. Candida has definate symptoms and can be cultured if diagnosis is in question. ...Read more

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What can cause low blood potassium and high potassium in urine? No diuretic taking.

Varies: Diuretics are very common.
Any other medication?
Nephroparhy with potassium loss.
Some adrenal issues.
Need full history and exams and imaging ...Read more

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Hyperparathyroidism with low vit. D and slightly elevated potassium. What does this mean to you? Could high potassium cause headaches? Dizziness?

Hyperparathyroidism with low vit. D and slightly elevated potassium. What does this mean to you? Could high potassium cause headaches? Dizziness?

Hyperparathyroidism: It means you do have Hyperparathyroidism and since you are less than 50 years old, you are a candidate for Parathyroid surgery to cure it. You need vit d supplemet depending on your level. High Pottasium level has been described with Hyperparathyroidism and may cause headace ...Read more

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A low sodium salt has contents: 66.6%potassium chloride,33.3%sodium chloride. Should I be concerned on its high potassium or good replacement for salt?

A low sodium salt has contents: 66.6%potassium chloride,33.3%sodium chloride. Should I be concerned on its high potassium or good replacement for salt?

Use caution.: Salt intake and salt replacements are getting a lot of press lately. Sodium load in a diet is getting out of control due to practices of our food industry and taste requirements. People look at the alternatives and Potaccium is one of them. A usual replacement shows that the ratio of NaCL/KCl should be 60/40. So your salt may be showing an unusual ratio. But be aware that it is quantity not ratio. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with high blood pressure, low sodium levels, diagnosed with high potassium levels — what does it mean?

Diagnosed with high blood pressure, low sodium levels, diagnosed with high potassium levels — what does it mean?

Not related: High blood pressure, high or normal sodium and low potassium suggest an aldosterone secreting adenoma or adrenal hyperplasia but your abnormalities can't be neatly explained and may be due to medications you take, co-morbid conditions like kidney disease (?), or diet. ...Read more

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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

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My mother has a high potassium level and was told to not eat bananas, yams. What foods are low in potassium?

NKF: Please check out this website for detailed info on potassium

http://www.Kidney. Org/atoz/content/potassium. Cfm

You will find good resources in national kidney foundation website. ...Read more

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Since 2007 my mch, mcv, hct, hgb, and baso tests have come back low. Now my RDW is high, potassium is low and CRP level has doubled. Why?

Depends : Depends on how low the values are. Some people especially mensurating women may have slightly lower HGB MCV and high rdw. ...Read more

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What is the reason of high potassium and low white cell in blood since I have IBS(consumption)? Dry eyes, feeling dizziness, nausea,headache sometimes.

Many symptoms: High potassium is usually seen with kidney failure or taking certain medications. Low white blood cell count is usually due to viral illness or bone marrow disorders. Dry eyes occur in some autoimmune diseases. Your physician would be best qualified to evaluate you. ...Read more

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I have low blood pressure & high potassium (blood results) I am fatigued with headaches, sore skin and pains in my left leg? I am generally fit.

I have low blood pressure & high potassium (blood results) I am fatigued with headaches, sore skin and pains in my left leg? I am generally fit.

Possibly Addison's: What you describe is consistent with adrenal insufficiency, or addison's disease. Low aldosterone levels can lead to both low blood pressure and high potassium. See an endocrinologist. ...Read more

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High potassium, platelets, wbc, acth test low. Fever still, muscle, joint pain, dizziness, etc, chiari too. Borderline addison's. Do I have it? Hemoc poss.Y

Not likely,,,: Due to your low acth, you might have secondary adrenal insufficiency which can give many of the same symptoms, like dizziness and muscle pain. You also could have an infection as seen with your high wbc. It would be smart to see your doctor and get an acth stimulation test to see for sure if your adrenals work right. ...Read more

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High potassium symptoms?

Depends on how high: When it gets high enough your heart stops. But more commonly high potassium can give you palpitations or sometimes no symptoms at all. Regardless of whether you have symptoms, the cause should be investigated and treated promptly. ...Read more

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What does high potassium mean?

Higher than normal: Usual lab potassium normal range is 3.8--5.0. May be slightly different from laboratory to laboratory. Any potassium level above that is considered high and has to be evaluation. Potassium above 5.5 meq/l is usually considered critically high. ...Read more

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What to do to lower high potassium?

What to do to lower high potassium?

Nephrologist: Potassium balance is tightly regulated by the kidneys, so any potassium disorder implies some derangement in potassium handling. If you have high potassium problems, you must consult nephrologist.
Please see this website for info on low potassium diet.
http://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/potassium.cfm. ...Read more

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Need help finding high potassium foods?

Partial list: : http://www.momswhothink.com/diet-and-nutrition/foods-high-in-potassium.html

Apricots, dried artichoke avocados, raw bananas, raw beets, cooked beet greens brussels sprouts, cooked cantaloupe carrots dates, dry figs, dry honeydew melon jerusalem artichokes kiwi fruit, raw nectarines orange juice oranges pears (fresh) potatoes, baked, prune juice prunes, dried raisins spinach,. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of high potassium?

Hyperkalemia. : Early signs are fairly non-specific and can include nausea, malaise, fatigue, muscle weakness and heart palpitations. But these symptoms can be seen in other disorders too, so they are not unique to hyperkalemia. Unfortunately, if the potassium level becomes too high, life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias may develop. Hope this answers your question. ...Read more

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What's your opinion on treating high potassium?

What's your opinion on treating high potassium?

Avoid high potassium: Try to keep potassium in normal range. Severely high potassium affecting heart rhythm is an emergency. ...Read more

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What are common causes of high potassium levels?

Factors: A simplistic way to look at it: potassium levels can be high if the dietary intake is high, if the excretion is low (eg. In kidney disease, or in certain states when the kidneys can't excrete potassium well even if the function otherwise is normal like rta), or if potassium shifts from inside the cells to the blood stream. ...Read more

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What are some symptoms of high potassium levels?

None or death: There are no symptoms from high potassium and, if you have normal kidney function, you can't get a high potassium unless you purposefully overdose on medication. When potassium becomes approximately twice the normal concentration, the heart stops. No warning. Just stops. (potassium is used in executions). ...Read more

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What are some dangers of high potassium levels in the body?

Death: If your kidney function is normal, you can't get a high potassium from diet, only from a purposeful od with medication. High potassium causes no symptoms, just death. It stops the heart. It's used in executions. ...Read more

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