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Old 11-08-2011, 05:30 PM   #1
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Low Potassium at 2.7, help

Hello everyone. I am hoping someone here might have some experience. I have had low potassium for years. Usually ranging at 3.2-3.4, and none of my doctors have ever looked into it. I have suppelments at home that I take when i feel symptoms (tingeling in hand/feet or face).
Most recently I was in the hospital and my labs showed my potassium to be at 2.7,so they gave me iv supplement, and put me on a heart monitor.

My newest addition to my list of doctors is a endocrinologist. He is now looking into this. I have two 24hr urines to do and some blood work.

I do suffer from Ulcerative Colitis, but have low readings even when I do not have direhea.

As my last set of labs were done, i had the 2.7 potassium, Low ALT, Low Alkaline Phos. and Low Cretinine (at 0.55)

Does anyone think this might be related to my kidneys? How is it that they can tell if it's kidney related. If anyone had had issues like this, I would love some advice.

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Old 11-24-2011, 04:17 PM   #2
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Re: Low Potassium at 2.7, help

There could be several reasons for having low potassium.
Hopefully seeing the specialists will help.

For me, low potassium is due to taking hydrochlorthiazide which I take to try and help prevent kidneys stones. But this drug is also using for high blood pressure. Since its a diuretic it makes you go the bathroom a lot which makes you lose potassium.

Some (not all) other reasons potassium could be low are:

long strenous activities
medications (prescription or herbal)- some cause loss of potassium and other minerals/vitamins
not eating alot of foods that are high in potassium (bananas, oranges/citrus fruits, tomatos, apricots,spinach, sweet potatos, raisins, yogurt)

a 24 hour urine test (done so many can't count) will help determine your potassium and other minerals in an entire day. its a much better test than just a urine sample as so much can change in 24 hrs.

good luck and don't worry too much.

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