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Why does gastritis cause potassium loss?

Why does gastritis cause potassium loss?

Vomiting: If vomiting is involved it has to do with the renal handling of acid base. In order to normalize acid base balance, the kidney allows sodium bicarbonate to pass through it to the distal tubule. There, the sodium is exchanged for potassium which is lost in the urine. ...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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If I intake a lot of potassium, will that help with having less gastritis attacks?

If I intake a lot of potassium, will that help with having less gastritis attacks?

Nope and dangerous: Potassium does not help with gastritis. Magnesium does i.e. Maalox, mylanta, and their generic equivalents. These have magnesium and aluminum salts. Taking losts of potassium could be risky especially if you have slow kidney function or taking some BP meds. If you achieve high potassium blood levels, it may cause severe life-threatening heart problems. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with acute gastritis and low potassium & magnesium. I also had a UA ictotest that was positive. Doctor not concerned. Should I be?

Diagnosed with acute gastritis and low potassium & magnesium. I also had a UA ictotest that was positive. Doctor not concerned. Should I be?

About what: Would you be concerned. If you have recovered from the acute illness you are back to where you were before it.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with chronic non-atrophic gastritis H. Pyori +. Is this combination of meds OK? : bismuth potassium citrate/ tinidazole/ clarithromycin.

Diagnosed with chronic non-atrophic gastritis H. Pyori +. Is this combination of meds OK? : bismuth potassium citrate/ tinidazole/ clarithromycin.

H pylori regimens: We often use a combination of 3-4 medications for various 7-14d to treat H pylori infections (http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pmc/articles/PMC3449761/table/t1-ceg-5-151/). There are some concerns for clarithromycin resistance. Don't consume alcohol while taking Metronidazole. While your regimen is "ok", it doesn't appear to match standard of care nor include proton pump inhibitor. ...Read more

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5 months upper-mid abd. Pain/18 pound weight loss. Upper GI, US, 2 CTs, 1 MRI. UGI found gastritis, HP neg. No help from PPIs. Gallbladder ok. CTs/MRI followed spleen lesions, thought now to be Sarcoid. Could Sarcoid cause other pain? (Lungs ok.)

5 months upper-mid abd. Pain/18 pound weight loss. Upper GI, US, 2 CTs, 1 MRI. UGI found gastritis, HP neg. No help from PPIs. Gallbladder ok. CTs/MRI followed spleen lesions, thought now to be Sarcoid. Could Sarcoid cause other pain? (Lungs ok.)

Abdominal pain: Your various and detailed testing only showed gastritis but your ongoing pain combined with significant weight loss suggests more than gastritis going on. I recommend a gastroscopy with special attention to areas of the stomach where some gastric ulcers-benign or malignant are difficult to visualize. If you've already had a gastroscopy I recommend another one for thoroughness. ...Read more

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Can gastritis cause difficulty in weight loss? Been eating low carb, counting calories, lots of exercise, no weight loss! Lots of gas, bloating, cramps

Can gastritis cause difficulty in weight loss? Been eating low carb, counting calories, lots of exercise, no weight loss! Lots of gas, bloating, cramps

Yes.: Gastritis can cause improper digestion with gas, bloating, and cramps. This indicates a problem with stomach acid, small intestine enzymes, gut bacteria or combination thereof. Carbohydrates may stay too long in stomach and/or proteins/fats may pass through too quickly resulting in fermentation or putrefaction. Use enzymes, betaine and acidophilus from professional sources for best results. ...Read more

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Does gastritis cause weight loss?

Does gastritis cause weight loss?

Weight loss concern: History of "weight loss" is a red-flag to a doctor. It is unlikely your provider will be satisfied that gastritis is of itself sufficient cause for much loss of weight. Stomach upset due to both inflammation & possible associated delayed stomach emptying is expected, but loss of no more than a few pounds is not expected. Gastritis may be secondary to another disease--a search for which is needed. ...Read more

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Can gastritis cause unintented weight loss?

Can gastritis cause unintented weight loss?

Yes: Can cause stomach pain which can lead the patient to avoid eating and heartburn leading to weight loss. ...Read more

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Could gastritis cause malabsorption, and, in turn, hair loss?

Could gastritis cause malabsorption, and, in turn, hair loss?

Unusual: The rare side effect would be subtle but regular hemorrhage leading to iron deficiency then hair loss.
If you are taking acid suppressors especially the so-called proton pump inhibitor (prilosec etc) regularly for the gastritis, you may have problem with calcium absorption (bone) and possibly vitamin B12 absorption as well. ...Read more

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I have anemia and gastritis. My B12 level is normal. Could the gastritis alone cause anemia related to blood loss? Thank you.

I have anemia and gastritis. My B12 level is normal. Could the gastritis alone cause anemia related to blood loss? Thank you.

Need more eval: Gastritis means inflammation on the stomach lining. It does not cause anemia- unless if it is not just gastritis but also you have bleeding on the stomach lining or if the gastritis is affecting absorption of certain nutrient like iron for instance. There are many things that can cause anemia besides iron, vit B12 def or bleeding. You definitely should have further evaluation to find the cause. ...Read more

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Yesterday I experienced metallic test on tongue, loss appetite, nausea and stomach discomfort. Are these symptom of gastritis or ulcer?

Metallic taste: Many with low K note this problem as one of the symptoms of primary aldosteronism but usually also have high blood pressure and low K. Tell you Dr about this and see what your team thinks may be cause. ...Read more

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Thick walls of gastritis. No appetite, burning sensation, stomach pains, diarrhea, and weight loss. Taking nexum, not helping. Any comments or help?

Thick walls of gastritis. No appetite, burning sensation, stomach pains, diarrhea, and weight loss. Taking nexum, not helping. Any comments or help?

Gastritis: Hi Justin, your symptoms are concerning for serious conditions such as ulcer and stomach cancer and you should be seen by a gastroenterologist to possibly have an endoscopy completed if you haven't already. I don't intend to cause you worry or anxiety, but the sooner you are evaluated in person by a stomach specialist, the better. Good luck and I hope you feel well soon. ...Read more

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Is gluten/dairy free chocolate okay for gastritis diet? Currently taking Zantac, Protonix, (pantoprazole) and Levsin-SL for loss of appetite, nausea, gnawing feeling

Is gluten/dairy free chocolate okay for gastritis diet? Currently taking Zantac, Protonix, (pantoprazole) and Levsin-SL for loss of appetite, nausea, gnawing feeling

Caffeine free?: Generally speaking it is not the gluten or the dairy that irritate gastritis unless you have celiac disease and you are lactose intolerance it is the caffeine that increase the a it and irritate the lining of the stomach and make gastritis worst in spite of taking medication so check the caffeine content ...Read more

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Ab. Pain, burn from mid 2 right and in back. Fullness filling, can't eat weight loss doc said gastritis on patronix 3rd time n liver is enlarged again?

Ab. Pain, burn from mid 2 right and in back. Fullness filling, can't eat weight loss doc said gastritis on patronix 3rd time n liver is enlarged again?

Abdominal pain: Abdominal pain with weight loss probably not from gastritis and liver enlargement does not happen with gastritis itself, you need to be worked up, get a ct scan of the abdomen to start with, consider a gastroenterology consult. ...Read more

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Abdominal pain. Poor appetite. Weight loss. Normal BMs. Some gastritis on upper GI. No help from PPIs. Fatty liver but otherwise normal CT. Where now?

Abdominal pain. Poor appetite. Weight loss. Normal BMs. Some gastritis on upper GI. No help from PPIs. Fatty liver but otherwise normal CT. Where now?

Abd pain: What did the biopsies show? Were you H pylori negative? Was there evidence of eosinophilic esophagitis? Would also check out the gallbladder and bile duct structure function with ultrasound (better image) HIDA / MRCP. Looks like pancreas was negative but CT of pelvis or transvaginal ultrasound can view ovaries which can cause abdominal pain Get colonoscopy. f/u /w /MD ...Read more

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Does gastritis lead to weight loss even if one eats?

Does gastritis lead to weight loss even if one eats?

Yes,: It often does because of the nausea, vomiting, and decreased appetite along with abdominal pain. ...Read more

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Can gastritis lead to weight loss even if one eats enough?

Can gastritis lead to weight loss even if one eats enough?

No: Gastritis " inflammation" of the stomach lining alone should not lead to weight loss. If you are experiencing unintentional weight loss then you need to see a doctor as soon as possible for a proper evaluation. Chronic gastritis can sometimes lead to cancer- Please see a doctor! ...Read more

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For 57+ F, is hot flush in the body along with some amount of gastritis & weight loss normal in summer? Or, could there be serious illness?

For 57+ F, is hot flush in the body along with some amount of gastritis & weight loss normal in summer? Or, could there be serious illness?

Normal in summer: Gastritis and weight loss is not normal at any time. Hot flushes is of concern.
I doubt there is a serious illness but to be sure you should see your primary doctor for examination and lab studies.
Hope all goes well. ...Read more

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Hi doc I'm having gastritis is it ok to use hydroxycut elite to loss weight and I do workout in the gym. Do I loss weight fast? What do u suggest?

Hi doc I'm having gastritis is it ok to use hydroxycut elite to loss weight and I do workout in the gym. Do I loss weight fast? What do u suggest?

Lose the supplement: Per website, the supplement in question = 100mg Coleus Forskohlii, 56.3mg Yohimbe, 200mg Green Coffee, 100mg L-Theanin, 200mg C.canephora Robusta (e.g. herbs and caffeine). Stick with a supervised exercise program, and eat healthy, to achieve your goal. ...Read more

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My wife rita midha serum vitd3 is143mcg (normal value is up to 55mcg is having symtoms of toxicity like loss of apetite, gastritis & nerveous system.?

Stop any supps, CMD: Hard to get that level of vitamin d without excess supplements-won't get it from sunlight, foods (other than eating polar bear liver-mistake early explorers made, eskimos knew better). Stop any and all supplements, or sources of vitamin d in diet; see doc re: meds to see if any are liver toxic. See doc, d excess can cause liver toxicity as well. ...Read more

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I'm losing weight from gastritis, what can I do to prevent more weight loss?

I'm losing weight from gastritis, what can I do to prevent more weight loss?

Discuss w/your: Doctor a/or gastroenterologist, particularly if conventional therapy with lifestyle intervention and medication such as zantac (ranitidine) or prilosec hasn't been effective. ...Read more

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I have Gastritis, no cancer, negative for H poly, Autoimmune. Slow bleed 9 months. I'm at a loss. Dr's do not do anything. If left can it be seriou?

I have Gastritis, no cancer, negative for H poly, Autoimmune. Slow bleed 9 months. I'm at a loss. Dr's do not do anything. If left can it be seriou?

Look for other cause: Are you seeing blood in your stool? I assume you have iron deficiency anemia. Have you had a colonoscopy? If that didn't show anything and you continue to have anemia, a pillcam will help to look at your small bowel for other potential causes of slow bleeding. I hope this helps! ...Read more

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For 57+ female, does frequent gastritis with 'Orofer XT' result in weight loss 71 -> 68.9 kg over 2-months?

For 57+ female, does frequent gastritis with 'Orofer XT' result in weight loss 71 -> 68.9 kg over 2-months?

Need GI consult: Recurrent Gastritis and weight loss does require a GastroEnterologist consult and will need endoscopy to rule out Peptic Ulcer and Cancer of the Stomach. Don't waste time and consult a competent Gastroentrologist asap. ...Read more

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Pls can u advice me ; what r the treatments /medicines for chronic gastritis. And chronic loss of appetite thanks?

See your doctor: There are a great many possibilities for an older person, ranging from a gastric ulcer to an h. Pylori infection to gastroesophageal reflux to cancer. Don't delay seeing your doctor for a proper evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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I believe I gastritis I get a loss of appetite my stomach feels full even though I haven't ate but at the same time my stomach starts to rumble and bur?

I believe I gastritis I get a loss of appetite my stomach feels full even though I haven't ate but at the same time my stomach starts to rumble and bur?

Your symptoms may: Be from "gastritis" however a complete upper GI evaluation and a more SPECIFIC diagnosis is needed!

Gastritis, for example, may be due to an infection with a common GI bacteria (H-PYLORI) which has SPECIFIC TREATMENT!

Ask your Primary Care Provider for a referral!
Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

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Any possible connection between gastritis/ acid reflux and hair loss?

No: Outside of some extremely rare autoimmune thyroid disorder, there is no connection. The most common cause of baldness (androgenic alopecia) is caused by follicle sensitivity to the sex hormone Dht in genetically susceptible males. Acid reflux is related to esophageal sphincter function and acid production. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have acute gastritis without pain? After drinking, I threw up blood but did not have any pain, just nausea and loss of appetite.

Gastritis: You may have gastric distal esophageal irritation erosion / reflux without significant pain and the alcohol caused the eroded area to bleed. Would follow up witht GI may benefit from endoscopy, checking for H pylori and treatment with ranitidine/ prevecid which in the US is over the counter ...Read more

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Mother has extreme stomach pain, weight loss, loss of appetite etc she has gastritis. Is it chronic or acute what can she do?

Mother has extreme stomach pain, weight loss, loss of appetite etc she has gastritis. Is it chronic or acute what can she do?

Evaluation: Any persistent abdominal pain with weight loss needs further evaluation. She should be evaluated as soon as possible. The question of whether a condition is acute or chronic is answered based in the duration of the symptoms. ...Read more

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Gastritis or stomach ulcers stomach pains in my head it loss appetite pains in legs lower back pain hard to breeze?

Gastric Ulcer: These can produce back pain and various other sequelae such as sepsis and lung injury. I would recommend evaluation by your doctor. ...Read more

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With gastritis what causes me to have constant hunger??

Gastritis: Gastritis typically does not cause hunger. In fact it usually causes the opposite:
●Pain in the upper belly
●Feeling bloated, or feeling full after eating a small amount of food
●Decreased appetite
●Nausea or vomiting
Vomiting blood, or having black-colored bowel movements
●Feeling more tired than usual – This happens if people with gastritis get a condition called “anemia. ...Read more

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Can dayquil cause gastritis?

Yes: 5% of dayquil users have been found to report gastritis/stomach inflammation as a side effect or adverse reaction ...Read more

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Does gastritis cause headache?

No: On the other hand nausea and vomiting are very commonly associated with migraines and may be mistaken for " gastritis". ...Read more

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Does Amiodarone cause gastritis?

Amiodarone: Nausea, vomiting and pancreatitis are listed as adverse reactions to this medication. ...Read more

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Can stress really cause gastritis?

Can stress really cause gastritis?

Yes: Among other causes, high stress levels can lead to disruption of the mucus layer that protects your stomach tissues from the acid secreted by cells lining your stomach. In turn, stomach acid can damage your stomach. So can other irritants like alcohol. ...Read more

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What usually causes chronic gastritis?

Anything that is hur: Any strong irritant can cause gastritis. If it is continued for long time, the gastritis becomes chronic. Common causes are frequent alcohol use, chronic pain medication with drugs like Aspirin or motrin. Then there is a common infection with a bacteria called h. Pylori which requires using a several weeks long course of antibiotics, best done under the guidance of a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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Inflammation associated with mucosal injury in the stomach. Gastritis is commonly a result of infectious or autoimmune diseases, although it can also result from drugs, extreme stress ...Read more


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