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Why Wont My Potassium Level Increase
Iron deficiency: Iron levels are raised by eating foods rich in iron - red meat & dark green, leafy vegetables. We absorb iron better from meat sources than vegetable ones. Iron can also be increased by taking supplements. The most important issue is to determine why the iron is low to begin with - is it just inadequate consumption or is iron being lost by bleeding of some sort? Please see your md to sort this out. ...Read more
How do I increase MCV, MCH & MPV even my 3.3 potassium and decrease my TSH 5.34 that's all I have the rest is normal?
Hypothyroidism : You have classic signs of an underactive thyroid. Low blood cell volume (any other numbers to indicate anemia?) and high thyroid stimulating hormone. Thyroiditis needs ruled out as well. Your primary care physician should be able to diagnose and most likely treat with thyroid replacement medication. ...Read more
I was told that my iron levels in my body are really low.... If my iron levels keep going down what will happen?
Can cause anemia: Low iron relates mainly to your blood counts and how your bone marrow handles your body's need for hemoglobin. Low iron can be nutritional, because your body breaks down blood cells or because you are losing blood. The last two causes result from your body trying to avoid anemia by using iron to make more blood. Anemia and low iron need some investigation and treatment. Even if n anemia, not normal. ...Read more
Fludrocortisone .1mg per day, will my body still produce aldosterone? Also on potassium 36meq will my body still stop it going too high?
Depends: Our body will try to adjust to new environment and supplements. You had low level of aldesteron and needed replacement and body is not producing enough but this does not mean you don't produce at all. New adjustment try to make equilibrium but daily food habits and exercise may affect level of potassium and needs regular follow ups. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
BUN and Creatinine: It depends on the cause of why your levels are elevated. Dehydration, medications, acute illness can often cause an elevated BUN and creatinine, so stopping nsaids, drinking plenty of fluids can help. However, often the bun/crt increase due to worsening renal function and for that you need to see a nephrologist. ...Read more
She's got legs`: What makes you think that you have low albumin? Albumin is a protein molecule that among other things helps regulate the osmolarity of your blood. It pulls water from the tissue into the blood vessels and increases blood volume. If the albumin is low it's effect on the tissue fluid is decreased and your legs swell. You get protein molecules from your diet. ...Read more
I'm taking creatine supplement for strength I want to ask does it increases creatnine level in body? Right now my creatnine level is 1.3
You don't want to: Rdw means reed blood cell distribution width is a measure of the variation of red blood cell (rbc) volume. Usually rbcs are a standard size of about 6-8 ?m. Certain disorders, however, cause a significant variation in cell size. Certain disorders, like iron or vit B12 deficiency- cause a significant variation in cell size- thus will increase rdw. It is used to differentiate the cause of anemia. ...Read more
My creatinine level was 1.71my bun25, my dr took my off metfotmin and now blood sugars are high what can I do?
Your doctor would an: It is not safe to take metformin if your kidney function is not normal(creatinine<1.5mg). But there are other alternative medicines to control your blood sugar. Ask your doctor what he would offer you as an alternative drug to treat your diabetes. There are clearly other alternatives to metformin. ...Read more
Pills Easiest: Iron is available otc in various strengths, usually 65 mg and one would usually take one 2 or 3 times a day. Because iron deficiency can be a sign of serious illness it is always best to be checked up by a doctor first as some folks should not take iron supplements or recieve it in different forms/strengths. Assuming no contraindication, otc iron is as good as any presc in my opinion. ...Read more
My creatinine levels are high. The dr. Says my kidneys are stressed. What can I do to help my kidneys?
Drink lots of water: In meantime, stop taking otc pain medications like Ibuprofen & naproxen. Also review your medications w/your doctor & pharmacist looking for kidney irritants. Then go see your doctor again for repeat testing. If creatinine level remains high (chronic kidney disease), it's time for a more thorough investigation including ultrasound of kidneys looking for stones & damage. ...Read more
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