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How can you tell if someone's potassium is low (in the case of an eating disorder specifically) without a blood test?

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Dr. Quresh Khairullah
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
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Symptoms of low potatssium level "hypokalemia" depend on the level and rapidity off fall.
Muscle weakness, cramps and heart irregularities 'arryhthmia" are described. Since these symptoms are not specific only to hypokalemia and one can have low blood levels without symptoms, a blood test is necessary. Other electrolyte disorders can also coexist and are important to detect.

In brief: See below

Symptoms of low potatssium level "hypokalemia" depend on the level and rapidity off fall.
Muscle weakness, cramps and heart irregularities 'arryhthmia" are described. Since these symptoms are not specific only to hypokalemia and one can have low blood levels without symptoms, a blood test is necessary. Other electrolyte disorders can also coexist and are important to detect.
Dr. Quresh Khairullah
Dr. Quresh Khairullah
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Dr. Madhu Kandarpa
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
2 doctors agree

In brief: Hard to tell

Low potassium can cause symptoms if severe- < 2.
5 or so. Nausea, ileus, weakness.

In brief: Hard to tell

Low potassium can cause symptoms if severe- < 2.
5 or so. Nausea, ileus, weakness.
Dr. Madhu Kandarpa
Dr. Madhu Kandarpa
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