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Doctor insights on: Potassium Deficiency And Muscle Tightness

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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?

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

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What are some ways I can cure potassium deficiency?

What are some ways I can cure potassium deficiency?

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:
http://potassiumrichfoods. Com/potassium-rich-foods-list/
you should consult your doctor to determine why you have potassium deficiency and treat the etiology. ...Read more

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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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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

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How can you develop a potassium deficiency?

How can you develop a potassium deficiency?

Many ways: Vomiting. Diarrhea. Gastric lavage. Diuretics. Sodium bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) use. Adrenal adenoma. Adrenal hyperplasia. Steroid use. Low potassium diet. Cushings disease. Those are the biggies. ...Read more

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I have hypokelimia. Potassium deficiency. I body looses potassium daily. Is there ne permanent treatment of this?

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

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Can a potassium deficiency increases the frequency of urination?

Can a potassium deficiency increases the frequency of urination?

Probably not: Potassium is mostly inside the cell, so it doesn't have much effect on urination. If you're having problems, you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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Charley horse and swollen ankle could it be potassium deficiency?

Charley horse and swollen ankle could it be potassium deficiency?

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

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Hello docs. I was wondering can too much vitamin d cause potassium deficiency?

Hello docs. I was wondering can too much vitamin d cause potassium deficiency?

NO: Too much vitamin d can be a cause of high calcium which is a problem but it does not affect the potasssium. ...Read more

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Please help? My arms locked during manual labor, could this be a potassium deficiency?

Please help? My arms locked during manual labor, could this be a potassium deficiency?

Get evaluated: Needs more details and needs further examination. If potassium deficiency is a concern based on your history and medications you take then checking the blood for the level will not be a bad idea. ...Read more

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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

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Potassium deficiency, what are the symptoms?

Low potassium sx: Low potassium causes muscle cramps, weakness, heart rhythm irregularities, even fatal VTACH. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to get over potassium deficiency?

Please tell me how long it takes for to get over potassium deficiency?

Depends: If you are spuriously low from decreased oral intake, diarrhea or from diuretics (most common causes), you can correct immediately. If you have a disorder that causes persistent wasting of potassium either through the kidneys or bowels, it must be constantly supplemented. ...Read more

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What's the treatment for potassium deficiency?

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

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Help please! I don't know when to see a doctor for potassium deficiency?

Why?: You can't feel potassium deficiency. One would only consider it if you have conditions that cause it: taking a diuretic, profuse, prolonged diarrhea or vomiting. A bizarre diet. Otherwise, don't worry about it! ...Read more

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Need help docs! My arms locked during manual labor, could this be a potassium deficiency?

No: If it's due to an electrolyte imbalance at all, it would be hypocalcemia (low calcium) - which has the potential to cause to tetany. Low potassium doesn't. ...Read more

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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

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I was 19 when I was diagnosed with a potassium deficiency. How could that even be possible?

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

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Potassium deficiency? Last time I had blood work done it was a point below. I'm having symptoms of potassium deficiency. We are suppose to get 3500mg?

Cause more: Important. Why do have low potassium? Normal kidney usually corrects minor abnormalities. Eating a couple of bananas would give you the potassium you need, however it is important to find out why do you have low potassium and address the cause. ...Read more

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What causes charley horse in calf with steroid use? Could it be potassium deficiency

What kind of: Steroid use are we talking about? What are the steeds being used for?
Potassium def is a possibility, as is magnesium deficiency aside hydration etc, if this is chronic or persistent you should be evaluated. ...Read more

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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 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?

2500 mg per day: In general, limiting sodium to 2.5 grams per day is a safe range. If playing sports, you will need more. Low potassium is a diagnosis that requires a close f/u with your doc. ...Read more

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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,?

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,?

Not likely: 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

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How does hypokalemia affect leg muscle endurance activities like running and swimming? With low potassium can you still build muscle?

Muscle cramps: You need proteins to build and maintain muscle, but you need to right balance of fluids and electrolytes to have good muscle function. When your potassium is low, you are more likely to experience muscle cramps and fatigue. ...Read more

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Will potassium and sodium deficiency cause muscle pain and strain?

Potassium yes: It is very common to experience muscular problems with low potassium but not all causes of cramps, muscle pain or strain are due to low potassium. Low sodium is less likely to be associated to muscle pain and strain. ...Read more

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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

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What could be the cause of tight calf muscles vitamin deficiency?

What could be the cause of tight calf muscles vitamin deficiency?

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

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Pineal cyst. Could it cause MS type symptoms in muscle tightness, strange sensations, fatigue, nerve pain, dizziness, pain behind left eye.?

Pineal cyst. Could it cause MS type symptoms in muscle tightness, strange sensations, fatigue, nerve pain, dizziness, pain behind left eye.?

Unlikely: Most pineal cysts, if remain small, will cause no symptoms at all and are just an incidental finding on imaging. Your multiple symptoms need to be assessed, as many situations could promote your problems. Unlikely to be MS. ...Read more

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What I need to do to release/reduce muscle tightness?

What I need to do to release/reduce muscle tightness?

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

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Trapezius muscle tightness. What should I do?

Trapezius muscle tightness. What should I do?

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

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Can prednisone cause muscle tightness spasms?

Can prednisone cause muscle tightness spasms?

Discuss with MD: Usually not, the tightness may represent a coinciding event, discuss with the prescribing doctor. ...Read more

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I experience I lot of muscle tightness. How can I get looser?

I experience I lot of muscle tightness. How can I get looser?

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

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Need expert advice on any suggestions for handling back pain/muscle tightness?

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

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I understand that quad muscle tightness is common with spondylolisthesis. Why is that?

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

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I understand that quad lumborum muscle tightness is common with spondylolisthesis. Why is that?

I understand that quad lumborum muscle tightness is common with spondylolisthesis. Why is that?

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

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Can muscle tightness affect lung capacity?

Can muscle tightness affect lung capacity?

It might: If your muscles are tight, or painful, there will be limitation to expansion (inspiration) or expiration, making the lung capacity measurement less reliable. ...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


Tightness (Definition)

Tightness can mean different states at distinctive times. The most common is the complaint of tightness of chest, a feeling of discomfort, real or perceived, seen often in patients with asthma or panic disorder, or heart attack. Your physician ...Read more