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Potassium Deficiency And Muscle Tightness
It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more
I had skip beats almost treated it (potassium deficiency maybe), now I have insane twitch, crawling around body mostly bottom half, calf tighten, some headache, arm ache (rare), could it be magnesium?
Skipped beats K?:
19M from Cleveland asks about skipped beats and almost treated it (potassium deficiency maybe) twitching crawling around body could it be Mg.
This can all come from low K and much less likely low Mg. But you need to see what your blood K and Mg are. Skipped beats due to low K are dangerous and you need to see your team again. ...Read more
To bring K up:
Many foods will help to increase potassium. Including, bananas, other fresh fruits and juices, milk will help. For a more complete list consult the website given below:
you should consult your doctor to determine why you have potassium deficiency and treat the etiology. ...Read more
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
Do you think hair strand testing is more accurate than blood testing for things like magnesium and potassium deficiency?
Absolutely not!: Think about it: it takes weeks for your hair to grow. Analysis will tell you what your minerals were weeks ago. Potassium and magnesium levels, which are important for your heart's rhythm, can change day to day. A blood sample gives you immediate data which is what is necessary for decision making. ...Read more
I have hypokelimia. Potassium deficiency. I body looses potassium daily. Is there ne permanent treatment of this?
More info needed: The top two places the body losses potassium are the gut or the kidney. Kidney losses are hormone related or acid/base related. Gut losses are usually related to loose stools or vomiting. There are medications to address either scenario, but at age 24 it is probably more important for you long term to find out why this is happening. Talk to your doctor, if he/she isn't sure. See a specialist. ...Read more
Could be clot: If charley horse is associating with swelling I would be very concerned about deep venous thrombosis which is highly dangerous and can travel to lungs and cause pulmonary embolism, can be life theretening. Diagnosed with venous ultrasound of leg and treated with blood thinner. Highly recommend to get checked out. ...Read more
If trace ketones and 100 protein are found in urine, and I have a history of potassium deficiency, what further tests/dr. Do I need?
Tests: You need to have your doctor show you all the lab results and discuss that in detail. I am a bit concerned that enough lab studies were not enough. Keep me posted. ...Read more
Replacement: The body is very good at handling potassium. Virtually all potassium is in your cells not in your bloodstream. Unless you are taking diuretics, vomiting or having diarrhea, eat a very unusual diet or have hyperaldosteronism it is hard to drive your k+ down to dangerous levels. Most low k+ is artifact or transient alterations. Treatment is oral or IV potassium replacement depending on severity. ...Read more
What could cause potassium deficiency. I eat healthy food but level is 3.0. I have to eat 6 bananas a day to get it to 3.6. Any kidney/health problems?
Potassium: Potassium deficiency is caused by HCTZ (hydrochlorothiazide) diuretic, which you take. If you have aldosterone excess, you will be potassium deficient also. Ask your doctor to check serum aldosterone level. HCT is promoting potassium loss. Low potassium causes muscle weakness and cramps and cardiac rhythm disturbances. ...Read more
Easily: An adrenal adenoma or hyperplasia is the classic cause. Other causes include: diarrhea, vomiting, use of diuretics, chronic hyperventilation, use of alkalizing agents such as antacids or sodium bicarbonate, potassium deficient diet. Since you're 47, have you had low potassium for 28 years? ...Read more
I am recovering from a potassium deficiency. I would get symptomatic from small amounts of sodium. How do I know how much sodium I can have?
I know I have a problem with my thyroid, but I have tried synthroid, (thyroxine) but I think it has to do with potassium deficiency, is that possible for the weight gain, fluid retention, charlie horses,?
You have to stop guessing. If you have a thyroid problem and if you were prescribed Synthroid (thyroxine) means you have Hypothyroidism, you have to continue and follow up with your Doctor who prescribed the Synthroid (thyroxine) as you will need repeat blood test to see if you need any dose adjustment.
Pottasium deficiency does not cause weight gain and fluid retention, ask your doctor to check potassium level as well ...Read more
How does hypokalemia affect leg muscle endurance activities like running and swimming? With low potassium can you still build muscle?
40yof w/Hashimotos, chest tightness, muscle aches, normal BP, Potassium 2.8, after 4 days of Klor-Con, K still 2.8. Neg. DVT/PE, normal EKG. Suggest?
Mgt: Your dose may need to be adjusted, by your physician. In the meantime, eating potassium rich foods such as bananas, apricots, kiwis is advised. It is important to see your physician to determine the cause of your low potassium. If you have other medical problems which can contribute to your illness, eg DM your glucose should be measured. ...Read more
Possibly: If both are equally affected, think globally such as nutrition (paricularly electrolytes), lack of stretching and movement, general circulation issues. Try to get more electrolytes such as magnesium, potassium, calcium, do calf stretches and move your body. If it persists or affects only one side, get checked out. ...Read more
Pineal cyst. Could it cause MS type symptoms in muscle tightness, strange sensations, fatigue, nerve pain, dizziness, pain behind left eye.?
Muscle tightness: May result from overuse, injury, stress, misaligned structures, etc. Removing the cause if possible is important to interrupt cycle of spasm. Moist heat, stretching exercises, physical therapy, therapeutic massage, osteopathic treatment, muscle relaxers are some of the ways to relax tight muscles. ...Read more
See your doctor: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more
See your doctor: Having these types of symptoms can best be solved by having your doctor perform a thorough evaluation. Only through this type of process can he/she discover what's going on and how best to help you. ...Read more
Physical therapy: Topical creams can soothe the pain, ie aspercream or tiger balm. Warm soaking baths or showers to help relax the muscles. If you access to a pool, being weightless for a sustained period of time will also help. ...Read more
Hamstring tightness: Spondylolisthesis (slipping of a vertabra 'in front' of the vertabra below it) generally results in back pain and back spasms which can lead to compensatory 'tightness' in the hamstring muscle group (back of thigh muscles/ tendons that flex knee and span both the hip and knee joint.)'Tight' quads (though it may also be present)is not a typical of spondylolisthesis. Hope that helps! Good Luck! ...Read more
Back pain.: Spondylolisthesis can be associated with back pain and stiffness. Due to the lack of activity, the muscles around the listhesis (such as the quad lumborum) can secondarily get tight. Gentle stretching exercises can be helpful. I suggest initially doing this under the supervision of a physical therapist. ...Read more