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Low potassium has made my legs cramp. Taking supplements. Not a nervous person. Could low potassium cause feelings of nervousness?

Low potassium has made my legs cramp. Taking supplements. Not a nervous person. Could low potassium cause feelings of nervousness?

Absolutely: Low potassium (or what we call, hypokalemia) can have a wide array of symptoms associated with it. Generally, they are in the constellation of weakness, fatigue, muscle cramping - but psychological symptoms have been reported. Contact your doctor immediately to advise on treatment and additional testing. CAUTION: Potassium is one of the elements that if you get too much, it can be disastrous. ...Read more

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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What do you suggest if i'm taking potassium daily, however the cramps happen only at night fyi I am physically challenged. What could be the problem?

What do you suggest if i'm taking potassium daily, however the cramps happen only at night fyi I am physically challenged. What could be the problem?

Cramps: If you have cramps and are taking potassium (K) supplements, you may still have a low K. Get a blood sample and see what your K and magnesium (M) levels are. If your K and M blood levels are low, your K will not correct until the M level is normal. See a physician (P), get a blood test for K and M and discuss your problem with the P. Good luck. ...Read more

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Please help, how much potassium should I take to avoid getting running cramps?

Please help, how much potassium should I take to avoid getting running cramps?

None is needed: A low potassium is unlikely to be a cause of cramping. The serum potassium has to be very low before it causes muscle pain. These cramps are most likely related to dehydration. Hydrate before, during and after the run. ...Read more

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Hubby has severe cramps. Not on cholesterol s. Potassium level ok. What can help?

Maybe magnesium: Most people are deficient in magnesium, and very low levels can cause muscle cramping and irritable 'spazy' muscles. Best to get a magnesium product w/ several kinds of magnesium(chloride, citrate, chelate, etc). ...Read more

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Can a potassium deficiency give you lef cramps?

Can a potassium deficiency give you lef cramps?

Yes: Low potassium levels (known as hypokalemia) can often cause muscle weakness and cramps. Low potassium levels can occur after heavy exercise through poassium losses in sweat. This is why many sports drinks are fortified with potassium and athletes often eat foods rich in potassium in matches (for example, bananas). ...Read more

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How does potassium prevent getting muscle cramps?

Competes with Ca++: Calcium and potassium move across the muscle cell membranes during muscle contraction, having an adequate amount of potassium helps to keep this mechanism in balance, preventing cramps. ...Read more

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Potassium was 3.2 4 days ago then 3.9 2 days and today 3.6 . Cramping in feet for 3 days is this serious. Kidneys normal , why flux in level ? Scared

Potassium and cramps: Potassium levels fluctuate every day depending on your diet, the likelihood that potassium if 3.6 or 3.9 is causing cramping is low. You shouldn't be worried about it too much. ...Read more

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