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Doctor insights on: Normal Value Of Sodium And Potassium

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Dr. Madhu Kandarpa
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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


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Low Aldosterone 10 range 15-70 with normal sodium and potassium?? and I eat a normal sodium diet, not too much and not too little sodium..

Low Aldosterone 10 range 15-70 with normal sodium and potassium?? and I eat a normal sodium diet, not too much and not too little sodium..

ACTH challenge tes: A low aldosterone could be due to a problem with the adrenal glands or due to other causes. An ACTH stimulation test for aldosterone can be done - a low aldosterone response to the stimulation would indicate that there is dysfunction in the adrenal glands. A high aldosterone response would indicate that the problem is not due to adrenal gland dysfunction. ...Read more

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Dr changed my diclofenac potassium to sodium, not sure why? But I've felt intense flushing/hotflashes, & heartbeating fast, feeling odd, is it normal?

Dr changed my diclofenac potassium to sodium, not sure why? But I've felt intense flushing/hotflashes, & heartbeating fast, feeling odd, is it normal?

No: There Re some people who notice a difference in effectiveness between these medications even though the active ingredient is the same. The side effects you are describing are. To normal with this change. It is always possible you are having an a usual side effect from the medication. Ask your doctor to switch you back to be sure. ...Read more

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Low aldosterone, normal renin. Sodium 141 (135-145), potassium 3.4 (3.5-5.0) confused, shouldn't sodium be lower if low aldosterone and potassium higher?

Low aldosterone, normal renin. Sodium 141 (135-145), potassium 3.4 (3.5-5.0) confused, shouldn't sodium be lower if low aldosterone and potassium higher?

Sodium is difficult: Sodium regulation is complex and not directly related to any single hormone. Mineralocorticoids like Fludrocortisone can increase sodium a bit and do cause sodium retention of sodium, but the sodium level is mostly regulated by a hormone called adh (vasopressin). ...Read more

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Sodium: 142, Potassium 3.7, Magnesium 2.5, C02 34 (High), Chloride 105. are these normal? Can these levels cause an episode of V-tach??

Sodium: 142, Potassium 3.7, Magnesium 2.5, C02 34 (High), Chloride 105. are these normal? Can these levels cause an episode of V-tach??

Mostly normal. Lung?: The electrolytes look mostly normal. The CO2 (actually bicarbonate) level is slightly high, which may be "just you" (no significance), or may be related to some developing lung or kidney problems. In any case, I wouldn't look to the electrolytes as being the cause of VTach. The problem probably lies elsewhere (lung is possible, as is heart disease). TTYD or use HealthTap Prime for more clarity. GL ...Read more

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Is a potassium level of 77.1 and a sodium level of 94 normal for a random urine sample? I did not have the 24 urine test done.

Is a potassium level of 77.1 and a sodium level of 94 normal for a random urine sample? I did not have the 24 urine test done.

Incomplete: There are "normal values" for these tests. The Na is compared to the blood (or serum). You can do a "spot urine Cr to potassium" to estimate the potassium, but even this is not perfect. Something is missing from this information. Why was it done? What type of doctor did these test. You need to discuss this with the doctor who did these tests to see what he/she is looking for. ...Read more

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Blood test: estimated creatinine clearance test (low), what could it indicate? EGFR & creatinine normal. Potassium & sodium low. 28yr/f

Blood test: estimated creatinine clearance test (low), what could it indicate? EGFR & creatinine normal. Potassium & sodium low. 28yr/f

How do you FEEL?: Many (maybe most) pathologists and nephrologists aren't impressed with the current practice of labs estimate GFR, creatinine clearance and so forth from a spot creatinine. Some formulas include race "because black people are more muscular than white people" -- these were never intended to be applied to individuals. Frankly, if your others labs are healthy, I'd ignore it. ...Read more

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My cortisol in blood is 4.50 at 12:00 noon. Sodium is 137 and potassium is 5.1.is it normal? Or does it shows adrenal insufficiency?

My cortisol in blood is 4.50 at 12:00 noon. Sodium is 137 and potassium is 5.1.is it normal? Or does it shows adrenal insufficiency?

No: When you check for adrenal insufficiency you need to do a Cortrysin stimulation test That test id done by taking a fasting cortisol then giving you an injection the testing the cortisol at 4pm then looking at the results somewhat complicated ...Read more

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My renal function: urea: 21, creatinine 1.3, Uric acid 7.0, sodium 143, potassium 4.5. Is this normal? Need to see a doc? Thanks!

My renal function: urea: 21, creatinine 1.3, Uric acid 7.0, sodium 143, potassium 4.5. Is this normal? Need to see a doc? Thanks!

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 test results are normal, only creatinine is slightly higher, but even that may be normal if you are a muscular person engaged in physical activity.
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. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. 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.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Could a person have Addison's disease with a normal CBC? Normal sodium, potassium, and glucose within the general test. Symptoms of fatigue/dizziness.

Could a person have Addison's disease with a normal CBC? Normal sodium, potassium, and glucose within the general test. Symptoms of fatigue/dizziness.

Addisons disease: Why are you thinking this? There are special tests for addisons disease. You need to give mor symptoms. Having fatigue and dizziness can be from many possible reasons. Begin with a very good history. See doctor and start there ...Read more

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I had aldosterone of 10 range 15-70 potassium and sodium are normal but my doctor insists on giving me florinef, (fludrocortisone) will that cause me high BP?

Need whole story: Hi. Do you have Addison's or any other cause of (partial) adrenal insufficiency? You only need Florinef (fludrocortisone) for primary adrenal insufficiency. Secondary (pituitary) adrenal insufficiency doesn't need Florinef (fludrocortisone) treatment. And interpreting aldosterone labs requires knowledge of salt intake, whether you're lying, sitting, or standing, etc. From those labs, and if your pulse & BP are good, doubt you need F ...Read more

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What can be done to help with my sodium, potassium count to keep from getting dehydrated? What is the count suppose to be? I was in hospital 2 weeks ago for these problems, I am still weak unable to get back on my feet and do normal things. I went to my

What can be done to help with my sodium, potassium count to keep from getting dehydrated? What is the count suppose to be? I was in hospital 2 weeks ago for these problems, I am still weak unable to get back on my feet and do normal things. I went to my

Try: Try to find out why you had these problems. Did a medicine cause it or was it related to vomiting, diarrhea? Get a copy of your lab tests to review with your doctor. It shows your levels and the normals. If your levels are normal now and you still have symptoms something else may be causing those symptoms other than the sodium and potassium. Ask your doctor for answers.
I hope you feel better. ...Read more

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Blood test shows sodium 139, potassium 3.3 L, and chloride 109 H. What does this mean and should I be concerned? WBC/RBC is normal. Anion gap 5.0

Electrolytes: Your electrolyte balance is not perfectly normal. The chloride is high, as you note, and the anion gap is low. Bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) level is the other component of the anion gap - what is that value. Your potassium is low. Is this spontaneous or is it related to diet, diarrhea, vomiting, or a medication you did not report? Normal WBC and RBC is reassuring. ...Read more

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Aged 70 yrs and the Blood urean is 60, GRBS-178, Cretanine is 2.2, Sodium - 135, Potasium-5.1, Chloride-109. tell us she is normal or you guide us?

Aged 70 yrs and the Blood urean is 60, GRBS-178, Cretanine is 2.2, Sodium - 135, Potasium-5.1, Chloride-109. tell us she is normal or you guide us?

Diabetes?: Optimized sugar control with diet and medication can improve diabetes related kidney disease. ACEI are also proven to improve kidney function, but a full work up needs to be done, preferably by a nephrologist. She is not "normal", but can stay healthier if appropriate care is provided sooner than later. ...Read more

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Does potassium remove sodium from the body?

Does potassium remove sodium from the body?

Complex: The two are exchanged for each other in the distal aspect of the kidney filtering units.

Kayexalate is a resin that does exchange sodium for potassium in the gut. Abuse of this treatment can cause the serum sodium to rise. ...Read more

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Will I need to have the goal amount of sodium and potassium everyday?

No: Recommended daily amounts of these are not required, your kidneys will excrete excess amounts and are excellent at retaining na and k during times of shortage. The western diet is chock full of sodium and potassium is found in fruits and vegetables. ...Read more

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What are the risks of potassium or sodium benzoate (commonly found as preservatives)?

See below: Very little. The drug is used in medicine to assist in lowering serum ammonia levels by activation of a nonurea cycle pathway; ammonia in the presence of benzoate will conjugate with glycine to form hippurate which is secreted by the kidney. As a preservative, there is little worry unless the individual is also on probenecid which can inhibit benzoate renal excretion. ...Read more

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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

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Why some medication caming with sodium, potassium and HCl and other medication without?

Pharmacologic basis: It is based on where the medication is metabolized and absorbed as well as whether the medication is time release or not. Some of these formulations may lengthen the time the medicine lasts or where it acts. ...Read more

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What to do if I think my body is excreting too much water, sodium & potassium! What can I do?

What to do if I think my body is excreting too much water, sodium & potassium! What can I do?

Chemistry panel: Our kidneys get rid of water, sodium and potassium, if the intake of these are high. I suggest you consult your physician and get some simple blood tests like basic chemistry panel, which will detect the electrolyte problems. ...Read more

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What guidelines for potassium and sodium should I follow when cooking a dinner for someone on dialysis?

What guidelines for potassium and sodium should I follow when cooking a dinner for someone on dialysis?

Keep it low: For a person on dialysis, they need to have a low potassium and low salt diet. Dialysis patients can not regulate potassium and salt very well, so they need to minimize these minerals in their diets. If they have too much dietary salt and potassium, cardic issues and and an elevated bood pressure can occur. ...Read more

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Is there a good time of day to take sodium and potassium? I know that cortisol tapers off throughout the day. Is sodium and potassium simular?

Is there a good time of day to take sodium and potassium? I know that cortisol tapers off throughout the day. Is sodium and potassium simular?

Anytime is good: If you have a minor deficiency, then often it can be corrected with once a day supplements given at any time. If the deficiency is more severe, then it's better to take multiple smaller doses during the day, rather than one large dose. This is true even in the setting of treated adrenal deficiency complicated by diarrhea. ...Read more

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I have a 3.2 potassium level, & im scared... Can eating processed/sodium-filled foods cause this? I don't eat nearly as many whole foods as I should...

Don't worry: It's not that bad. It's only mildly low. You can eat more bananas, orange juice, leafy green vegetables, and other vegetables. They contain more potassium. Processed foods can leach nutrients in general but not specifically potassium. ...Read more

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