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What Is Hypokalemia
SX of low K:
Based on following thousands with low K I can list
2. Muscle cramps
3. Brain fog
4. Getting up at night to pee more than once.
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
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
What's more appropriate for hypokalemia or hypokalemic periodic paralysis? Potassium chloride or potassium citrate? Thanks.
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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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?
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
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
What is more appropriate for hypokalemia? Potassium citrate or potassium chloride? Thank you. Please explain.
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
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
See below: Plasma renin activity and serum aldosteone levels. Sometimes urine aldosterone levels or cortisol levels. ...Read more
Not common: Both condition can co exist sometimes but not always and not common. ...Read more
Very risky: Agree you are taking a chance with your heart which could be life threatening. ...Read more
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
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
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