POTASSIUM FATIGUE

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Anxious Lino
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   Posted 1/29/2012 10:25 PM (GMT -7)   
HI Everyone! For many years I have been suffering for dizziness, fatigue, etc. first I thought that It was blood pressure because my bp flucatuates from 130/80 to 140/100.. but most of the time its 130/90.. My doctors told me I am hypertensive. So I take a pill. After many months my bp was controlled from 130/90 to 120/80 most of the time.. But still I experienced fatigue and dizziness frequently. They told me maybe I was suffering from anxiety so I adapted what anxiety is I make it believe that I have anxiety. There was a time I fear that I will became crazy (maybe this happens because I am too upset and stress out because I don’t know what happening to me). Some doctors ask for MRI, CT Scan and various ear check up.. but nothings happen.. I continuously feel this way… fatigue, nervous and dizziness..
Until last year, I got my 2D Echo that shows a enlargement of my heart.. I was shock and scared. But my doctor told me is it just because of hypertension.. Really? My BP now was undercontrolled.. most of the time my BP IS 120/80.. for me it is just because I think of my extensive training.. I ran 10k , I bike 100km +++ . but they don’t believe me.. tsk tsk tsk..

Until late last year I was confine in the hospital.. I went to emergency room.. nervous, cold palms, weak.
The doctor took my bp it was 150/100… I told him I am just nervous .. just gave me 1 hour to relax my self and if it still high I will take your pill. I told him I also have anxiety… So after and hour he took my BP, it was 130/90 then 120/80… He took blood samples for difference test and its negative aside from………. POTASSIUM levels…. Its not too low its BORDERLINE and acceptable within the normal range yet it still borderline… I don’t know what happen is’t just because of training exercises? I exercise 5 times a day for 1hrs.. except Sunday I exercise 4 hrs continuously... Again my new doctor told me to eat bananas 3x a day and took Gatorade everytime I exercise.. I did it.. and I feel fine for months…

Not until this year, fatigue and tiredness came again with thirst.. almost everyday.. Wow! New disease again? Good luck to my self.. sounds diabetes.. ohhhhhh…. So I visited my GP I told him to check my potassium levels and sugard blood count.. I will get my result later after 3 hrs.. so please pray for me..
Question? Is low potassium curable or treatable? Is’t chronic disease that needed a maintenance pill? Thanks a lot..

operagal
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Date Joined Feb 2012
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   Posted 2/23/2012 10:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Im not a doctor, but I think potassium is an electrolyte, excreted through sweat. That's why Nadal eats bananas on the tennis court, to replace potassium and help avoid cramps. It is one of those minerals humans need replaced constantly. Mos of us can do this through food most of the time. My cat has to take potassium pills for 3 yeaers, it was the first sign of her chronic renal failure. Maintaining her potassium greatly extended her life and well-being. Not that you are a cat, just saying that it is important for all of us mammals.

Lanie G
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   Posted 2/24/2012 5:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there Anxious Lion.  Operagal is right about potassium.  Bananas and Gatorade both replenish this and other minerals and electrolytes that we lose from sweating or strenuous work and play.  (Athletes drink Gatorade for this reason.)  I think it's important why you were low in potassium.  Did the doctor find out why?  Some blood pressure medications deplete potassium if they are diuretics, so check to see if any of your medications are doing that.  Low potassium and salts can cause heart irregularities.  It's easy to get your levels up again. 
 
Eating a lot of bananas will elevate your blood sugar, so be careful and be sure to check that.  Having low potassium is just a condition that is easy to fix when you replenish it with bananas and Gatorade but I think it's very important to find out why you were low in potassium to begin with.  Good luck.
Lanie

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diabetes type 2 controlled so far by diet and exercise
very low carb way of eating

Dee75
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   Posted 3/9/2012 10:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi! I just had blood work done at my oncologist office ( I'm 3 1/2 yrs out from breast cancer)  and they called me and told me I had low potassium. The doctor put me on 3 potassium pills a day. I've never had this before and I'm 82. I'm sure some of my problems are do to age. Recently I had a colonostopy because of bowel problems. That turned out ok, but the stool softeners and such had cause me some diarreha and I believe this may be the problem. Some of my symptions were heart palpitations and a little shakey. Hope the pills work as I now know you can get into alot of trouble with low potassium. Best of luck finding out your cause. turn Dee
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