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I have a low potassium problem and kidney stones problem. Is my hypokalemia the cause of my kidney stones? Or the other way?

I have a low potassium problem and kidney stones problem. Is my hypokalemia the cause of my kidney stones? Or the other way?

Unlikely: A potassium-wasting problem might be due to kidney tubular / parenchymal damage from infection related to kidney stones, but in this case you would have been told of this by your physicians. If your potassium is actually significantly below the healthy range, this is serious and no physician would let it go without a full workup. You have a right to a thorough explanation from your doctor. Read more

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The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more


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Can panic attack cause low K+? I went to the ER for kidney stone, they found low potassium @ 2.6. No explanation ever found. Could stress/panic do it?

Can panic attack cause low K+? I went to the ER for kidney stone, they found low potassium @ 2.6. No explanation ever found. Could stress/panic do it?

Panic: not guilty: Anxiety/panic is a usual suspect in so many symptoms - this is rare. Low potassium may have been a factor in the stones. If you take laxatives, diuretics, asthma meds, insulin, some antibiotics, vomit alot, etc - it can lower K. Eat lots of dark green leafy vegetables. The best source. It can raise your potassium, if you eat lots of them. Best! Read more

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I was diagnosed with kidney stones lately and asked for my test results. The results worried me with a leukocyte of 13.7 and potassium of 3.3. Danger?

I was diagnosed with kidney stones lately and asked for my test results. The results worried me with a leukocyte of 13.7 and potassium of 3.3. Danger?

Possible: 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, A potassium of 3.3 is lower than desirable. You may address it by drinking orange juice and eating bananas. Leukocyte count of 13.7 suggests infection. Both of these matters are best discussed with your doctor who knows more about your health. Read more

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I have a kidney stone and it cannot be removed by potassium citrate and rowatinex. What must I do?

I have a kidney stone and it cannot be removed by potassium citrate and rowatinex. What must I do?

See a urologist!: If you are having symptoms from a kidney stone and it needs to be removed there are several options including extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy, percutaneous lithotripsy, as well as surgical removal. Stones in the ureter that do not pass can be removed with ureteroscopic stone removal techniques using a scope via the bladder. You need consultation with a urologist. Read more

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Does consuming oral solution of potassium citrate daily guarantee that my kidney stones would get dissolved?

Does consuming oral solution of potassium citrate daily guarantee that my kidney stones would get dissolved?

No, . ..: Potassium citrate is a urine alkalizer and urine citrate supplement for possibly helping dissolve uric acid stone - not other kinds of stone and help potentially decrease stone recurrence other than uric acid stone. For detail, ask your urologist. Read more

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Urocit k (potassium citrate) good for the prevention of kidney stones?

Urocit k (potassium citrate) good for the prevention of kidney stones?

Urocit K (potassium citrate): Yes, this is potassium citrate. Citrate is essential for stone prevention. Our kidneys produce some citrate naturally, but diet intake of citrate from lemon and orange is very important. Urocit K is excellent as a strategic additional source of citrate. Potassium also mutes stone formation somewhat. Minimize salt. Minimize meats. Drink 3-4 liters per day. Read more

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Do you prescribe urocit k (potassium citrate) for the prevention of kidney stones?

Do you prescribe urocit k (potassium citrate) for the prevention of kidney stones?

Yes: It can be used to prevent recurrent kidney stones in patients with low urinary citrate. This measurement should be done by a specialized kidney stone laboratory. Read more

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Was in hospital ER to pass a kidney stone. My Potassium level was checked and slightly below reference range (3.5) 3.6-5.1. was also on Augmentin.

Was in hospital ER to pass a kidney stone. My Potassium level was checked and slightly below reference range (3.5) 3.6-5.1. was also on Augmentin.

See below: 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, your potassium level is at the low end of normal and you can take care of it with eating bananas.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless.
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Does kidney stones cause low enery levels?

Does kidney stones cause low enery levels?

Possible: The size and location of a stone determine the effects it has on the patient and on the kidney. The amount of pain associated with the stone, possible associated infection, and duration of the stone episode all may contribute to causing a patient to feel washed out with poor energy levels. Read more

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Had l spine xray and CT scan for kidney stones, all clear. Low back pain. Would l spine xray have shown lower back tumor? No stones, uti, etc.

Had l spine xray and CT scan for kidney stones, all clear. Low back pain. Would l spine xray have shown lower back tumor? No stones, uti, etc.

No: An x-ray of the lumbar spine would predominantly show only bone. In general, an x-ray is not a very sensitive test to detect the specific cause of back pain in most patients. Consider requesting an MRI which shows the bone, but also shows the nerves, discs, and other soft tissues of the back and is therefore much more sensitive than an x-ray. Read more

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Cat scan shows kidney stones in both kidneys. Largest 10mm right side. Had on and off dull low back pain and blood in urine. Can they cause damage?

Cat scan shows kidney stones in both kidneys. Largest 10mm right side. Had on and off dull low back pain and blood in urine. Can they cause damage?

Yes: If the kidney stone blocks the flow of urine from the kidney, you can get permanent kidney damage, but that can take weeks to happen and is associated with severe pain. Also, kidney stones can become infected from pyelonephritis (kidney infection - not a typical urinary tract infection (uti)) and be challenging to treat. Please see your health care provider and consider a referral to urology. Read more

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Could be myeloma in woman in early thirties? Only symptom is persistent low back pain. Had clear l spine xray/ clear CT scan for kidney stones. No uti.

Could be myeloma in woman in early thirties? Only symptom is persistent low back pain. Had clear l spine xray/ clear CT scan for kidney stones. No uti.

Diagnosis of myeloma: Your answer is longer than 400 characters. You can find the information you seek at this website:

http://www.Cancer.Org/cancer/multiplemyeloma/detailedguide/multiple-myeloma-diagnosis

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Is it normal to have a low GFR <60 when you are suffering from a kidney stone for +2 weeks?

Is it normal to have a low GFR <60 when you are suffering from a kidney stone for +2 weeks?

Yes it can happen: Depending on the size of the stone it can happen but after stone is passed it will return to normal. Read more

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Low phosphorus levels during a kidney stone episode. Is this normal w/ stones? All other bloodwork is normal? What causes this?

Low phosphorus levels during a kidney stone episode. Is this normal w/ stones? All other bloodwork is normal? What causes this?

Low phosphorus: How much below normal was your blood phosphours (p) level? A common major cause of a low serum p is hyperparathyroidism (h). The major route of p excretion in normal patients is the urine, and urinary p is increased in h patients. Other causes of low p are alcoholism, decreased dietary intake of p in protein and vit d intoxication. Ask the doctor who ordered your blood for more info about our p. Read more

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This is my 3rd kidney stone. Started 3 weeks ago. Severe pain on & off. It has been really low for 3 days but it is not coming out. What can I do?

This is my 3rd kidney stone. Started 3 weeks ago. Severe pain on & off. It has been really low for 3 days but it is not coming out. What can I do?

See urologist: Make sure you are drinking plenty of water. If the stone is stuck a urologist may need to go up through your bladder to retrieve and remove it. Read more

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My left testicle looks like its hanging low and bigger then normal, no pain, do. Have a kidney stone. What could be going on?

My left testicle looks like its hanging low and bigger then normal, no pain, do. Have a kidney stone. What could be going on?

See your primary: Care doctor. This is the type of thing that needs to be examined to accurately evaluate. It may be due to something minor like an infection (epidiymitis) or could be a symptom of a hernia, hydrocele, or an early testicular tumor. Please have this checked by your doctor if you notice something out of the normal for you. Read more

Kidney Stone (Definition)

Solutes precipitate and combine to form stones formed of calcium oxalate usually around a nidus of uric acid. Other solutes that form stones are ca and mg phosphates, cystine, and uric acid staghorn calculi form in the presence of chronic urinary tract infections. Stones can be painful, may require ...Read more


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Potassium (Definition)

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