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Posted By : Melissa D. - 11/21/2016 7:40 PM
I am wondering if anyone else with SLE has issues with low potassium? This has been an on going issue for me for about a year, I received a call again today that my doctor is wanting more blood tests after the holidays.

Posted By : FW - 11/21/2016 10:58 PM
Hello. I have received that call a few times over the years. Switched to a high potassium table salt. That seemed to help. My doctor advised me to increase my consumption of bananas but I am allergic so that was not possible. Because of my GERD I do not tolerate orange juice very well. Though I do try and drink some now and then. I also increased my consumption of sweet potatoes. Hope this helps.
Take care, Fran

Posted By : Lynnwood - 11/22/2016 6:27 PM
I've never had a low potassium (but I love bananas!) and it hasn't been a common thread here thru the years.

That said, certainly doesn't mean that might not be how your particular version of Lupus is acting! I need a new set of blood tests myself. Always good to make sure we've got all the basic vitamins, minerals, and nutrients covered!
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator, Dx: 2000
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Posted By : Lynnwood - 11/24/2016 8:11 AM
Butterflake said...
I've had low potassium a couple of times over the years and my internist had me take prescription potassium with follow-up blood tests to ensure my K was back in the expected range. It was an easy fix.

One of the most important functions of potassium is regulating heart beat or function, but this abnormality is usually seen only in extremely low K (<2.0) or extremely high (>6.5) and can be treated quickly. Just make sure you follow your doc's orders. Love, Butterflake

Post Edited (Lynnwood) : 11/24/2016 8:14:51 AM (GMT-7)

Posted By : Melissa D. - 11/24/2016 6:50 PM
Thanks for your input.

I bought a potassium supplement and unfortunately then did the research on it. They do not recommend it for individuals who have adrenal or kidney issues, so that rules me out. In ready individuals comments several people stated V8 juice actually helped them quite a bit. So, I figured it I why not give it a try and see how it goes.

Posted By : Bsime - 12/5/2016 10:09 PM
Had low K for many years and take supplements (2 or 3 20 meq tablets daily, a prescription) to keep my K in a normal range. Also switched diuretics to one that is more K sparing.

MCTD (SLE Lupus, polymyositis, scleroderma). Diagnosed 2005. Kidney, liver, GI tract, dysphagia, raynauds, barretts esophagus, quadriplegic in 2005. Recovered and now active in downhill skiing, golf, hiking. Meds: amlodipine, benezapril, omeprazole, potassium, folic acid, vitamins, maxide.

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