Discussions that mention potassium

Fibromyalgia board


Hi CarriLynn, it's great that you are taking an aggressive approach to getting better. I didn't see it listed so thought I'd ask. To rule out or rule in Fibromyalgia there really isn't any concrete blood test they can do. However there are several conditions that can mimic some of it's symptoms. Have they ran any blood tests on you? IE have they checked your thyroid, white/red blood cell levels, anemia test, calcium & vitamin levels, CPK blood test & ESR blood test (inflammation levels)? If not it might be worth asking about as many of these can cause symptoms similiar to Fibro & if unchecked could lead to larger issues. Hopefully it's none of them but, it doesn't hurt to check.

Personnelly due to some of the medications I take my potassium levels are low. So I get "extra" shaking/tremors/weakness in my muscles when I'm low on potassium which lately is often! Bananas though kick it back into gear.

Hope you're feeling better soon. :wave:
Quote from Sun_Shine:
Hi CarriLynn, it's great that you are taking an aggressive approach to getting better. I didn't see it listed so thought I'd ask. To rule out or rule in Fibromyalgia there really isn't any concrete blood test they can do. However there are several conditions that can mimic some of it's symptoms. Have they ran any blood tests on you? IE have they checked your thyroid, white/red blood cell levels, anemia test, calcium & vitamin levels, CPK blood test & ESR blood test (inflammation levels)? If not it might be worth asking about as many of these can cause symptoms similiar to Fibro & if unchecked could lead to larger issues. Hopefully it's none of them but, it doesn't hurt to check.

Personnelly due to some of the medications I take my potassium levels are low. So I get "extra" shaking/tremors/weakness in my muscles when I'm low on potassium which lately is often! Bananas though kick it back into gear.

Hope you're feeling better soon. :wave:


Thank you so much for your suggestions!

I have a thyroid doctor -- an expert -- who diagnosed me with hypothyroid about 3 years ago. I see him every 6 months and my thyroid is doing really well. I'm taking a low dose of armour and synthroid.

I just saw my internist and they did a blood work up. All levels except my LDL and total cholesterol were normal... potassium was normal, etc. I don't see CPK and ESR on this lab sheet, but there are about 60 other variables they test for here. Is the CPK and ESR test a separate test? Or are these perhaps listed differently on my lab sheet?

If I had some kind of infection -- in my teeth or something -- would that show up somehow on this blood workup? If so, where?

My husband thinks I'm just anxious (which is something I've battled all my life). And I'm willing to admit that could be the case here, but I'm doing everything I know to relax my muscles -- yoga, massage, biofeedback. They hurt more when I'm relaxing. Late last night before I fell asleep my muscles were just aching and aching and they they started having some tremors as I relaxed even more. So it could be that I'm unconsciously tensing my muscles, but I am spending so much time trying to relax and check in with my tension level and the symptoms aren't getting any better -- this has been going on for about a month now. It's so frustrating.

I really appreciate everyone's help here. It's so frustrating, not to mention expensive, bouncing from doctor to doctor.

--CarrieLynn
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Thank you so much for your suggestions!

I have a thyroid doctor -- an expert -- who diagnosed me with hypothyroid about 3 years ago. I see him every 6 months and my thyroid is doing really well. I'm taking a low dose of armour and synthroid.

I just saw my internist and they did a blood work up. All levels except my LDL and total cholesterol were normal... potassium was normal, etc. I don't see CPK and ESR on this lab sheet, but there are about 60 other variables they test for here. Is the CPK and ESR test a separate test? Or are these perhaps listed differently on my lab sheet?

If I had some kind of infection -- in my teeth or something -- would that show up somehow on this blood workup? If so, where?

My husband thinks I'm just anxious (which is something I've battled all my life). And I'm willing to admit that could be the case here, but I'm doing everything I know to relax my muscles -- yoga, massage, biofeedback. They hurt more when I'm relaxing. Late last night before I fell asleep my muscles were just aching and aching and they they started having some tremors as I relaxed even more. So it could be that I'm unconsciously tensing my muscles, but I am spending so much time trying to relax and check in with my tension level and the symptoms aren't getting any better -- this has been going on for about a month now. It's so frustrating.

I really appreciate everyone's help here. It's so frustrating, not to mention expensive, bouncing from doctor to doctor.

--CarrieLynn


Oh my gosh! Your symptoms sound just like mine! I've had this muscle thing for 2 1/2 months now. Just the same. Legs, arms. Then when I try to relax they kind of spasm or tremor and hurt more. Moving around seems to help some. I've had many blood tests done also with normal results. I've seen a neurologist and he just thinks it's a chemical imbalance causing me anxiety which causes the muscle aches. I'm seeing him again on Tuesday and hopefully he'll do some muscle tests to rule anything else out so I can try to relax about this. It's definitely anxiety provoking!