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The concentration of sodium outside and potassium inside cells is important to the resting membrane charge on the cell surface. This has implications specifically for heart muscle cells (arrhythmia) and regular muscle cells (weakness).
The potassium concentration has to get below 3mmol/l before either of these would be expected. ...Read more
Few mechanisms: 1. Low intake in food 2. Loss in secretions- urine, gastrointestinal-vomitus and stool, sweat 3.Increased traslocation of k in to the cells in certain conditions eg. Insulin excess, mineralocorticoid (aldosterone - a hormone secreted by adrenal gld.) excess are associated with low potassium.There is a genetically acquired condition called periodic hypokalemic syndrome characterized by low k level. ...Read more
Different labs have different thresholds for flagging potasssium as abnormally low. The low range cut off is 3.2-3.5 mmol/l.
More importantly than the level, is the cause. See your doctor to confirm there is an explanation. ...Read more
Signs of low K.: 42 F. signs can develop very slowly. Here is my experience over 50 years in dealing with diseases that cause this: fatigue, muscle cramps, brain fog, peeing a lot at night, later during day as well, metallic taste in mouth. Some with this prob have been incorrectly diagnosed with MS, chronic fatigue, being "menopausal" chronic pain syndrome to mention a few. Can hep quickly with 2nd opinion here. ...Read more
Need a workup: Reference ranges are set so that a few percent of healthies fall outside on either end. If very low, it's time you get checked for a reason -- hyperaldosteronism gets missed a lot. I'm assuming you're not on meds. One little-known cause is eating lots of licorice. Best wishes. ...Read more
Low potassium: There are many causes of a low blood potassium level. It can be caused by vomiting, diarrhea, diuretic use, antibiotics such as penicillin, low magnesium blood levels, increased sweating and hyperaldosteronism or conn's syndrome. See your physician to arrive the correct diagnosis in your case. ...Read more
Normal: Check out https://labtestsonline. Org/understanding/analytes/potassium/refrange/ for normal reference of potassium. To determine whether lab results are (ab)normal, always ask for complete results so that you can compare your results w/lab's normal reference range (which can vary depending upon how test was performed). ...Read more
Blood test: High and low blood levels of potassium may actually have similar symptoms e.g. Muscle fatigue or cramps. There is no substitute for blood test. Taking excessive amounts of otc potassium pills for cramps is dangerous since if you have high levels of blood potassium it may be compounded causing heart muscle problems. ...Read more
Low potassium: The most common first sign of low potassium is leg cramping. If not treated, it can affect the heart as well. If any in doubt, see your doctor, get a blood test for potassium level and an office electrocardiogram can easily pick up sign of low potassium. Then finding out the causes of the potassium is important to prevent it recurrence. Common cuauses are medications, kidney or digestive loss. ...Read more
Plz suggst diet in in? Sle wid high creat>3.5 persistantly, kindly giv chrt in cals wid low prot, n low potassium n significanc of phosphorous.
Talk to your doc: You really need to speak with your nephrologist and then be referred to a nutritionist for the best information that fits your situation. ...Read more