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  • Hi--I'm new here. I have had hypokalemia for a couple of yrs now and my primary care physician just keeps upping my dose of potassium. Finally, I am sick and tired of being sick and tired--complete with the heart palpitations and cramping so badly that from time to time I can't even walk to the bathroom without help. My last test results were a whopping 2.3.

    I have gained a lot of weight the past several yrs. and 2 months ago had gastric sleeve surgery. i am 66 yr. old and also have hypothyroid and high blood pressure (though controlled with meds). My surgeon has me going in for a CAT scan tomorrow to see why I might be still experiencing the symptoms from the hypokalemia. In the meantime, my PCP has called the U of U Endocrinology Clinic and set up an appointment for me with them in early July. Weird. I am sure that if anyone can figure all of this out--they can. Also, my symptoms tend to fluctuate from feeling pretty good once in a while to absolutely horrible another time.

    Is there anyone out there with any experience or expertise regarding this? I would appreciate any information you can give me. Thank You!

    Sincerely,
    Debbie

    Post created 5 months 2 weeks ago

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  • First and foremost,

    First and foremost, hyperaldosteronism should be r/o, which causes also high blood pressure.
    A low magnesium also may cause low potassium. Also, a hereditary kidney dysfunction with metabolic alkalosis is a cause, but usually blood pressure is normal or low.
    The so-called familial periodic hypokalemic paralysis is also a cause, as well as medications like diuretics or others, or excessive intake of drinks components like caffeine and cola. Excessive diarrhea and perspiration could cause that, as well.
    A pancreatic fistula, or adenoma, should be considered as well.
    Discuss this with an endocrinologist and nephrologist, and make sure your thyroid levels are normal.
    Dr Hana Fayyad, pediatrician

    Maria Jasmine Freeman, author of The Cross Of Menopause-Immolation🔥🔥🔥

    5 months 2 weeks ago

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