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What are hypokalemia symptoms?

What are hypokalemia symptoms?

SX of low K: Based on following thousands with low K I can list
1. Fatigue
2. Muscle cramps
3. Brain fog
4. Getting up at night to pee more than once.
5. Paralysis
6. Irregular heart beats
7 Glucose intolerance aka diabetes but this is a sign.
8. If caused by excess aldo: high blood pressure but not a symptom it is a sign.
9. If 8 then headaches.
10. Heart failure.
11. Drop dead.
Find cause and correct it. ...Read more

Dr. Clarence Grim
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Hypokalemia (Definition)

Most labs will define normal as 3.5 to 5. Some may increase the upper limits to 5.2 but anything above 5.5 is clearly abnormal. Level below ...Read more


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What effect could hypokalemia have on the heart?

What effect could hypokalemia have on the heart?

Heart may stop!: Potassium (k+)levels in the cells of the whole body are maintained at very specific levels (normal serum levels are @3.5-5.0). If the intracellular level drops significantly, serum level lowers. Proper muscle function is very dependent on potassium levels. If low, both nerve cells that control heart rhythm and muscle cells contracting heart are affected. Most common cause=diuretics. Serious prob. ...Read more

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What's more appropriate for hypokalemia or hypokalemic periodic paralysis? Potassium chloride or potassium citrate? Thanks.

What's more appropriate for hypokalemia or hypokalemic periodic paralysis? Potassium chloride or potassium citrate? Thanks.

Potassium chloride: Is a better choice for hypokalemia. Potassium citrate is used more to alkalinize urine in cases of urinary tract infection etc. Http://www. Livestrong. Com/article/557091-potassium-chloride-vs-potassium-citrate/. ...Read more

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For what reasons could I have hypokalemia?

For what reasons could I have hypokalemia?

Diuretic, diarrhea..: Above are two common causes of hypokalemia. Types and doses of diuretics typically used today do not lead to low potassium. However, meds are complicated. Some hypertensive meds (arb's, ace's) can lead to higher levels, some diuretics (spironolactone) also can. So follow doc's directions and have blood tested at least every 4 months. Diarrhea-can lose large amt k+, causes death in cholera. ...Read more

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What is the difference between hypokalemia and hypokalemia paralysis?

What is the difference between hypokalemia and hypokalemia paralysis?

A matter of degree: Hypokalemia leads to weak muscles, when severe enough of chronic enough, paralysis of muscles can occur. There are diseases whose hallmark is hypokalemic paralysis. Go google. ...Read more

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What are the differences between hypokalemia and hypokalemia periodic paralysis?

What are the differences between hypokalemia and hypokalemia periodic paralysis?

Hypokalemia: Hypokalemia means low (hypo) potassium level in the blood. Some individuals have a rare genetic disorder and abnormality in the potassium channels in their muscle cells, which can cause muscle weakness with low potassium. ...Read more

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ACTH levels were 6 then 7. Range is 6-50 could this still be low? Not fasted. I also have hypoglycemia & periodic hypokalemia. What could this be?

ACTH levels were 6 then 7. Range is 6-50 could this still be low? Not fasted. I also have hypoglycemia & periodic hypokalemia. What could this be?

What could this be?: This is a need for a visit to your doctor with these complaints as soon as possible.
Hypoglycemia and hypokalemia need urgent attention! ...Read more

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Can exercise & glucose shift potassium in a healthy person? I'm diagnosed hkpp, getting 2nd opinion. Hypoglycemia & random hypokalemia. What else???

Can exercise & glucose shift potassium in a healthy person? I'm diagnosed hkpp, getting 2nd opinion. Hypoglycemia & random hypokalemia. What else???

Hkpp?: Exercise drives sugar into cells and would cause hypoglycemia if your liver failed to metabolize glycogen and couldn't perform gluconeogenesis. An insulin secreting tumor should be ruled out. Exercise should not affect potassium unless you have a metabolic disorder (low potassium from alkalosis, high potassium from acidosis). Are you seeing an endocrinologist? ...Read more

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With hypertension and hypokalemia what is the best potassium supplements?

Consider workup: Rather than asking about potassium supplements, the first thing I would make sure is there is no reversible causes or hypertension and hypokalemia. People with a genetic disorder that cause high aldosterone levels will lead to more sodium retention resulting in hypertension. Wehn sodium is absorbed, it dumps potassium. If an adenoma is causing this, it may be able to be removed and fix problem. ...Read more

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Is hypokalemia cureable?

Low K: Almost always yes. Find cause and correct it. I can give more details if you ask or second opinion. ...Read more

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Is the recurring hypokalemia dangerous?

Low K dangerous: Yes it will kill u. Find why it is k low and correct the cause. I am an expert in causes and can help your teAm get it figured out. ...Read more

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When will I feel better from hypokalemia?

When will I feel better from hypokalemia?

When it's corrected: If you still feel ill and the cause of your hypokalemia has been corrected and your potassium is back to normal, look for some other cause of your still feeling ill. ...Read more

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What should I do about recurrent hypokalemia?

See Your Doctor: Recurrent hypokalemia can be a serious problem that causes weakness or possibly heart arrythmias. It is usually caused by an excessive release of potassium through urination or by excessive diarrhea. In nay respect, there may be underlying kidney issues or a medication that could be causing this recurrent issue. Therefore you should see your doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: hypokalemia?

What is the definition or description of: hypokalemia?

Low potassium: Most labs will define normal as 3.5 to 5. Some may increase the upper limits to 5.2 but anything above 5.5 is clearly abnormal. Level below 3.5 are called hypokalemia. ...Read more

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Why does one of the sypmtoms of hypokalemia is having low apetite?

Not sure.: Never heard of this. It must have been written by someone who does not practice clinical medicine. Mild to moderate hypokalemia is asymptomatic, severe hypokalemia has a host of manifestations and I would not waste any effort reviewing for anorexia. ...Read more

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Could I be able to have children even if I suffer from hypokalemia?

Depends: Depends on the reason for your hypokalemia.
If it is an isolated incident of hypokalemia, it should not prevent you from having children.
If it some genetic syndrome, check with your geneticist. ...Read more

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What may be the cause of hypokalemia disease and how is it treated?

What may be the cause of hypokalemia disease and how is it treated?

Low potassium: Hypokalemia is a low blood potassium level. It can be from many reasons. Usually one sees this with vomiting and diarrhea from gastroenteritis. It is also a common side effect of medications such as diuretics (lasix (furosemide) or Furosemide or hydrochlorothiazide). It can usually be replaced by oral intake of pills or liquid potassium. Sometimes intravenous potassium is needed. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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What are the endocrinal test to be done to know the cause of my hypokalemia?

See below: Plasma renin activity and serum aldosteone levels. Sometimes urine aldosterone levels or cortisol levels. ...Read more

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Taking K Klor 20meq pod for hypokalemia. Mistakenly took 2 doses today. Need I worry?

Took extra K: Not this is like drinking about 1 cup of low sodium V-8.

Need to find out cause of the low K tho.
This is all I do and happy to help. ...Read more

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How long is the recovery from mild-severe hypokalemia and what are the stages of recovery?

Hours: We correct low potassium as soon as possible.
With IV therapy it should return to normal in a few hours. If this is from chronic diuretic use as out-patient and oral k used expect a week to return to normal levels. ...Read more

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Can a bad kidney that now causes pain cause hypokalemia?

Can a bad kidney that now causes pain cause hypokalemia?

Not common: Both condition can co exist sometimes but not always and not common. ...Read more

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Is it okay to exercise in the heat if I have hypokalemia?

Is it okay to exercise in the heat if I have hypokalemia?

Very risky: Agree you are taking a chance with your heart which could be life threatening. ...Read more

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Why dos someone develop hypokalemia if they have cushings disease?

Why dos someone develop hypokalemia if they have cushings disease?

Cushings: Cushing's disease involves excess cortisol, which is a glucocorticoid, which makes you round, thin skin, diabetes, etc. However, cortisol has a little mineralocorticoid effect (like aldosterone). Normally this is not significant, but when cortisol levels are high, the aldosterone-like effect will make you hypokalemic. ...Read more

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Is it normal to get hypokalemia for it to change into hyperkalemia?

Is it normal to get hypokalemia for it to change into hyperkalemia?

Nephrologist: Potassium balance is tightly regulated by the kidneys, so any potassium disorder implies some derangement in potassium handling. It is unusual to have low potassium (hypokalemia) if the food intake is normal and it is unusual to have hyperkalemia (high potassium) if you have normal kidney function. So if you have any of these problems, you must consult nephrologist. ...Read more