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Jessiepooh
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   Posted 3/6/2013 6:12 PM (GMT -6)   
So the pap was done today, results incoming Monday or Tuesday but they drew some blood, liver looked fantastic, kidneys were okay, said I needed to drink more water and I had low potassium to the point that she had to call me in a prescription for it. SCARY

She doesn't know what's causing it yet, but said I need to finish my paperwork for insurance so she can perform some other tests, god I'm terrified now... :(

Anyone else have low potassium? I'm not on any diuretics or meds.

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   Posted 3/6/2013 11:55 PM (GMT -6)   
There are several reasons for low potassium...and I would recommend just waiting to see what you doctor says after more tests.

Try not to worry about it, as it is probably nothing to worry about, and something that can be remedied.

Also do not google search, as you will tend to become fixated on the worst case senario, when there are other benign reasons for this finding.

I know that all of this is a lot to shoulder right now...but realize that so far, your other tests have been showing good results.

You will get your answers soon, and I am sure that all will be well with you.

Keep posting...we are here to help you through this time.:)

S.C.
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Littlewing13
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   Posted 3/7/2013 8:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Sorry about the low potassium and more tests Jessiepooh. But feel reassured that they found it and gave you a prescription, so that should help while you wait for the other tests. I agree it's better not to google, although I am totally guilty of this. But try to keep in mind it could be something simple, since they told you to drink more water, it could just be a little dehydration, or diet-related.

Also, low potassium can cause anxiety symptoms, so if you have anxiety, maybe the potassium will help you feel better.

I don't know, I hesitate to say things because I am certainly not a doctor, but just trying to help because I panic about these things too. I just finished a course of prescription vitamin D for a vitamin D deficiency, and that worried me. Even though I get scared, I try to remember that it's good when they find something like this, because then they can work on fixing it. It's not fun but it's better than not knowing.

Even as I type this, I realize that doesn't really make it less scarey though. So just know I'm sending prayers and healing thoughts your way.

Jessiepooh
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   Posted 3/7/2013 12:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Littlewing, I was terrified but the longer I thought about it, the more I realized that I had known my potassium and sometimes calcium was low for over a year now, only nobody would listen to me, even my doc yesterday I was the one who asked for the kidney and liver panel's she wanted the cbc. I'm just kinda happy that I now know that something might be done or I will have an answer for it, I just hope it's not fatal.

Any words you send my way, HELP! Trust me, I'm grateful to have anyone to talk to me about the things that go on, it helps me cope and I appreciate it fully. I even enjoy trying to help back.

-Jess

mrs.unique
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   Posted 3/7/2013 1:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I have low potassium, don't. know why. I'm on meds. I have taken them ffor one month & went yesterday for a blood it see how it is now. Please make sure they test it regularly while your taken potassium. It still bugs me that they haven't gave me a reson. Please try not to worry. Best wishes.

Jessiepooh
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   Posted 3/7/2013 2:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks mrs.unique, it helps to know a fellow woman is going through the same thing. Hope yours turns out well, I'm sure it will.

Jessiepooh
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   Posted 3/7/2013 4:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I shouldn't read google, of course it has me freaking out now about the causes of low potassium... some of my biggest fears...

mrs.unique
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   Posted 3/7/2013 8:47 PM (GMT -6)   
My blood results was normal but they still want me to take the potassium. Nurse said that what keeping it normal. I asked what making it low she said...Don't know sometimes it just does it. Think positve & read something enjoyable.(that's not google) . Try to get that google stuff off your mind & Remember all the other blood work good.

lgm1942
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   Posted 3/9/2013 12:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Jessi, if you had never read google you would just have to deal with feeling good!

OCD/panic are plenty to deal with without looking for something new, chill.

I can tell you now what is going to happen, nothing, and your going to have to deal with it.

So get ready, life is waiting, enjoy!

Larry ***

stkitt
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   Posted 3/9/2013 3:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Low Potasium has been a problem for me for the past 6 months to the point where I needed to take 80 mEq of Potasium..................my Dr. went looking for the cause and found the diuretic I was on for BP was causing me to lose Potassium in my urine.  We did a 24 hour urine collection and now that we have the answer the medication was stopped and my Potassium supplement was reduced to 20 mEq of potassium per day.
 
My hubby is always following me around telling me to eat bananas...........I am beginning to look like a monkey. Other foods that will provide your body with Potassium include Dark Leafy Greens (Spinach), Bake Potatoes with skin, Dried Apricots, Baked Acorn Squash, Yogurt, plain, skim/non fat, Avocados, Fish (Salmon) and mushrooms for a starter for you.
 
I suspect you will be fine so kick the anxiety to the curb and follow up with your Dr.
 
Be well,
Kitt
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Jessiepooh
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   Posted 3/9/2013 5:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone for all the kind words, I went to the E.R./E.D. yesterday cause I felt so strange and back was killing me, thought it was kidney pain, they drew blood and said Wednesday when I had the blood work done from my doctor that my potassium was 3.0, so yesterday (Friday) it was 3.2, but, keep on the potassium until this coming Wednesday to see how it goes, the urine sample they took yesterday and blood work for kidneys came back fine, urine had no leuk, or blood, and bun was normal, blood looked good on kidney's only thing's that were low was potassium (3.2) and calcium semi low.

Still wondering what could be causing this though, I have had low potassium off and on for over a year now, noticeable after diarrhea I would get the chills, and sometimes randomly just get the chills.

stkitt
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   Posted 3/9/2013 5:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Jess,
 
Each lab may use a different lab value but if your being test in one lab you should be able to keep a table of what your potassium readings are.  Our lab considers Potassium, serum: 3.5 - 5.0 mEq/L as in the normal range.
 
Diarrhea is a major contributor to low potassium if you are afflicted with it seriously.  Medications can cause a change in your labs as  I mentioned before.
 
May I ask what dose replacement your Dr. put your on?
~~Kitt~~
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mrs.unique
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   Posted 3/9/2013 7:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Jess, sorry you was in pain & had to go to er& still have no answer has to why it's low. I'm just trying to trust the doctor. I tell myself ..my body just a little off ; just like my mind. (Haha) I've. Also wonder if is a fibro. thing. I have asked on the fibro forum if it was common with fibro. but don't think I got answer. Maybe I should be asking for a better answer but doc bills are about it bleed me dry.


Kitt, I know you didn't ask me (sorry for butting in guys) but I'm taking what I was told to be a low douse it's ...pot chloride 10 meq cr tab. Just thought I see what you thought since I'm kind of going threw the low pot.
Please forgive my intrusion

Jessiepooh
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   Posted 3/9/2013 7:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Stkitt, 10 meq.

I also have these spells that make me really bone chilling cold, always usually has something to do with going to the bathroom, either I have to go poop, or I have just pooped, and sometimes when I have just pooped I'll get so freezing cold nothing can help me, I drink a bit more water thinking that I must be slightly dehydrated and it will take awhile like an hour to come back up, then I'm okay, sometimes this happens with a bad stomach ache too, then I might be fine for a month or so, and then bam, I'll get those chill things again, and like now, I was taking a nap, was laying in bed with my jeans, sweater and blanket on, not sweating but felt the chills and woke up, had to go poop, no diarrhea, just chilly this time.

Living like this or going through this is driving me crazy.

On a side note I constantly feel like I have to pee now.

Post Edited (Jessiepooh) : 3/9/2013 6:43:02 PM (GMT-7)


Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 3/10/2013 12:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Have you ruled out IBS?

S.C.
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Jessiepooh
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   Posted 3/10/2013 12:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Not yet but have been wondering about that, I feel like I'm going to go crazy, since I don't have insurance they can hardly do too much for me, once I get some paper work turned in Monday, hopefully I will get medicaid (sp), I feel like I have things that aren't right with me physically, I've felt that way for awhile now, it seems since I really haven't had a full time doc until just recently, that nobody will really try to help, you might get assigned a follow-up with a doc here or there, but they don't usually dig too deep, they just are always figuring it's going to be the easy or cheap fix, but since I got this new doc that's taken me in for awhile, she's helped more, but like she says in her own words "you need insurance so I can check a few more things out".. it really really sucks to be in this situation which I'm sure I'm not the only one.

Not only do I have anxiety, but I really have things that are going on too, of course I always think it's the worst, and it could be even, I have a 12 year old son with Down Syndrome who needs me, we just got told yesterday that we have until June 1st to move out of our house, landlord wants to make it an office (we're near his business), I don't know what to do at this point, I have had an upset stomach for a few days now, blood work is coming out okay, but not deep tests, I get bone chilling cold when I have diarrhea or have to poop sometimes for the past 1.5 years, and randomly cold chills sometimes, I have what feels like a uti half the time due to increased urination, now low potassium, yeast under my right breast that I can never seem to get rid of, I get swollen lymph glands under both arm pits, more on the right side, seem to run a low grade fever once a month around ovulation, I can't stand this any more, I really can't.

I try to talk to my bf/husband about things, but he's a virgo, he doesn't talk too much unless it's about scientific stuff, he doesn't understand why I get anxiety, and he doesn't worry about anything, my parent's have heard enough totally, they don't know what to do for me and they also think that nothing is wrong and or I worry too much, I have no one else to talk to at all, so I stay quiet about things, I sit in the bedroom most of the time, feeling like crap, bladder hurting etc. I've not been much of an out going person most of my life, I'm pretty shy for the most part, I noticed that people can be cruel when I was in school, I never related, growing up around mostly adults, it was hard for me to understand other kids, they were mean to me, each other etc. I've been bullied, I've seen and stopped others from being bullied because I have never liked that, so anyway, I have always stayed to myself mostly, I don't like how people will purposely cause drama or life difficulties for others, so I don't have any friends because of this. I'm going down this road with nothing more than this website for support and I'm scared, lonely, annoyed, tired.

Don't worry though, I won't be hurting myself, I just want to get things off my chest and this helps.

Thanks for reading. -Jess

lgm1942
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   Posted 3/10/2013 1:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Jess, you have lots of friends here, we care, you are not alone.
That rash will get better if you will keep it dry with corn starch, my wife has that too.
You sure do have a full plate, Jess sometimes we have nowhere to go but up and you
have been down way to long, does your son like to go for walks, I know you have physical pain
but sometimes we just have to push through, you have so much inside of you that this old world needs
dont give up on us ok, there are still a few Angels in this world to help!
I know one will find you!
Larry ***

Jessiepooh
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   Posted 3/10/2013 4:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for being here Larry, it means a lot.

I've been trying to keep this rash dry, it flares up and sort of goes away for a bit, no matter what I do for it.

Full plate yes, I will never turn my back on God though, no matter how hard or bad things get, that's the important part.

My son can't do walks very well, he also has other problems along with DS, he has ADHD, and will run off very easily if he feels like it. I had been going to the gym until the sinus infection started just before last week, then all these other symptoms started to flare up, I'll head back that way soon enough, feeling much better on the sinuses, they're almost fully cleared up now.

Don't forget to set your clocks forward!

-Jessica

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   Posted 3/10/2013 10:31 AM (GMT -6)   
JP,

You have friends here!!!

I can't dx you of course...and IBS is often just an elimination of other things anyway...but from what you are describing, I would look into reading up on IBS-D.

We have an IBS forum here that you may want to check out.

If you are having chronic diarrhea, this could perhaps be a reason for your potassium loss?

Hugs, and know that you are cared about here.;)

S.C.
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"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
Corrie Ten Boom

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Post Edited (Scaredy Cat) : 3/10/2013 2:28:13 PM (GMT-6)


stkitt
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   Posted 3/10/2013 12:42 PM (GMT -6)   
 
I am glad you spoke up with your question as I want to help as much as I can. Potassium is both an electrolyte and a mineral. It helps keep the water (the amount of fluid inside and outside the body's cells) and electrolyte balance of the body. Potassium is also important in how nerves and muscles work.

Potassium levels often change with sodium levels. When sodium levels go up, potassium levels go down, and when sodium levels go down, potassium levels go up.
 
A potassium level that is too high or too low can be serious. Abnormal potassium levels may cause symptoms such as muscle cramps or weakness, nausea, diarrhea, frequent urination, dehydration, low blood pressure, confusion, irritability, paralysis, and changes in heart rhythm.
 
Low blood levels are more common than high.  Thus a low dose of Potassium may take care of the problem.
 
I have always had the tendency to run low especially if I have been ill - I take medications that can cause loss of Potassium and my Dr. identifed the culprit that has been giving me problems for the last 4 months by doing a 24 hour urine collection.  The lab can check the amount of Potassium excreted in that 24 hours and compare it to normal.  My level was 3 times normal so we stopped the medication and weaned the high dose  80 mEq of Potassium I was started on by NP and now I am fine and holding a good Potassium level around 4.2 - 4.4 mEq.  I had been dropping down to 2.7 mEq which was to low.
 
My current Potassium dose is 20 mEq per day but I have just completed 6 months of chemotherapy which accounts for why my Dr. wants to see my Potassium well into the normal range.
 
10mEq of Potassium Cl daily is a very common dose for people who have a potassium that is border line low. You should do well at 10 mEq and balance that with a diet high in Potassium.
 
Remember to be your own best advocate and follow up with your Dr.
 
Gentle Hugs,
Kitt
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mrs.unique
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   Posted 3/10/2013 12:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Jessiepooh,
Keep talking to us. we are here to listen and do what we can to help. Wish I had great advice for you but I don't. I do have the option to pray for you since you are opening up to us, please know that is just what I have done and I'm sure many other have also.

stkitt
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   Posted 3/10/2013 12:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Jess,
 
I understand how you are feeling right now as normally I am not a huge worrier about my health and I do have a fairly long list of problems.  When I am not feeling well my Potassium often comes back lower then normal and we either dose me up with IV Potassium or I take low dose Potassium until my lab values return to normal range.
 
One thing you may want to remember on a visit to the Drs. or ER is to request that in ordering labs the Drs. includes a CBC ande Differential as well as a Basic Metabolic Panel. These two tests will give you a lot of info including your electrolytes ( Potassium/Sodium) and your blood counts ( Hemoglobin, White Blood Count, Platelets).  I am sure your Dr. will problably haved ordered these anyway and other labs but if you make it a patient request be sure to state why if they ask you what makes you feel like you need these tests.  Turning down a patient request for these basic tests would not look good on your medical record.
 
From reading your posts I can see how much  you have on your plate so do keep on talking with us as we know where your coming from and what your going through.
 
Kindly,
Kitt
 

 


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Jessiepooh
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   Posted 3/10/2013 7:02 PM (GMT 0)   
SC, I've wondered about the IBS for years, since I've had symptoms of it since I was a child, I did have my gall bladder removed 18 years ago and have had trouble with #2 since then, back and forth between C and D but mostly D, however, it's usually not too bad, it's only been in the last 1.5 years that I would get the bone chilling cold feeling that is worse than anything, it feels like you're dying or something, it happened one night after eating at Quizno's which I never eat at, gave me a wicked stomach ache which followed with vomiting and diarrhea, I got so cold and shaky that I couldn't get warm, my hands and fingernail beds turned purple and I went to the E.R. while on the way there, I finally started to warm up on my own, they gave me fluids, calcium and I think potassium while there, saying I was extremely low and that was causing me to feel cold being low on fluids etc. since that night, I've had nights where I get serious stomach cramps followed by a bowel movement, then freezing cold and nothing can warm me up, so I drink some warm water and after about 45 mins or so I warm up to normal, nothing has been as extreme as that night though. I try to drink enough, but I have never really been one to get thirsty all my life, unless I'm outside in the heat working hard, THEN I get thirsty, otherwise, I don't ever really feel like drinking much, and it had never bothered me until I got older. :(

As far as medications go, I don't usually take anything, I did have a sinus infection and was on amox, then they put me on flagyl for suspected bacterial vaginosis from the cervical bleeding I was having, then, they put me on diflucan to cover yeast while taking the flagyl, and the diflucan I think can deplete some potassium...

I definitely could use a better diet, I love salads and things of that nature, love fruit, I just tend to eat whatever is easy or fast.

Jessiepooh
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   Posted 3/10/2013 1:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Mrs. Unique, thanks for any and all prayers sent my way, I will do the same for you.

Stkitt, I usually always ask for a cbc, liver and kidney panel, had never thought to ask for metabolic and differential. My doc I think ordered those possibly as she was talking about calcium being a little low with the potassium and I've been slightly anemic for over a year, but usually they get the tests done right after my period which can lower it slightly they say.

Any words of encouragement are appreciated, it feels good to log on here and have people to chat with.

Thank you all *hugs* SC, Mrs. Unique and Stkitt

mrs.unique
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   Posted 3/10/2013 1:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Kitt,
Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my question. I now feel more at ease with how the doctor is treating it. Have a good day!
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