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Why Does Hypokalemia Cause Muscle Weakness
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 have hypokalemia. Last few days i've been dizzy and muscle weakness to the point i almost fall. Could my levels be low?
Hypokalemia.: Yes , your hypokalemia can be causing the symptoms of muscle weakness . Consult your physician to check your potassium level .There are many reasons a person can have hypokalemia , it can be due to certain medications or some endocrine and metabolic disorders. In the meantime you should eat food rich in potassium e.G bananas and oranges and get the work up done for hypokalemia. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hypo: Potassium is needed to help muscle function. Without enough potassium, there is a change in the conduction of cells within a muscle. This change can lead to cramping, weakness and even heart arrythmias. People who have poor diets or who take diuretics "water pills" can develop hypokalemia more often. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What techniques could be used to determine the cause of severe muscle weakness after only mild exercise?
I could possibly: Generate a very large list of medical conditions that may lead to these types of symptoms. It is best to speak with your doctor and start with a basic work up first. That will help eliminate items from that list. ...Read more
Dysfunction: It interferes with the muscles ability to contract because it alters the electrolyte balance across the muscle memberane. You have to have the right balance of potassium and other electrolytes for the contractile elements of the muscle to be able to contract which is what gives you movement and strength. ...Read more
So many things: There are so many things that could produce these very non specific symptoms. It really would not be responsible for me to list them here. It would be best to see your doctor and discuss your symptoms. ...Read more
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