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  1. Addison's and Muscle Cramps
    ... be good to see your doctor and get your sodium and potassium checked "immediately". Are you taking calcium...

  2. Addison's and Lyme disease?
    ... patient exhibits a normal serum (blood) sodium and potassium levels. THE TEST: A blood draw followed by automated ... determination of sodium and potassium levels as well as other standard blood markers. ... vary somewhat from lab to lab): Sodium 135-150 mEq/L; Potassium 3.5-5.2 mEq/L PRIMARY ADDISONIAN: Will show significant ... of sodium and a elevated (above normal) levels of potassium . REASON FOR ABNORMALITY: Low or no production ... neralocorticoid. Primary Addisonians lose sodium and retain potassium . Abnormal values here, in additon to physical signs...

  3. Symptoms
    ... HC doesn't last that long. Is your sodium & potassium being checked every 6 months? What were your last ... Taking the amount of Florinef you are could lower the potassium too much. I assume there is a good reason you are...
    ... my head though. WandaB... TSh 1.5 i belive, potassium levels cant give exact as i said havent had my own...

  4. Endo appt
    ... need to be done. He ordered blood tests, Sodium Potassium Aldosterone Renin Activity TSH T4,Free Calcium...

  5. Adjusting to Addison Disease
    ... can finally get your diagnosis with the whacked out potassium and sodium in the blood. I was always so thin as...

  6. ? Son Adrenal Insufficiency? /Any Endos in SE MI?
    ... patient exhibits a normal serum (blood) sodium and potassium levels. THE TEST: A blood draw followed by automated ... determination of sodium and potassium levels as well as other standard blood markers. ... vary somewhat from lab to lab): Sodium 135-150 mEq/L; Potassium 3.5-5.2 mEq/L PRIMARY ADDISONIAN: Will show significant ... of sodium and a elevated (above normal) levels of potassium . REASON FOR ABNORMALITY: Low or no production ... neralocorticoid. Primary Addisonians lose sodium and retain potassium . Abnormal values here, in additon to physical signs...

  7. Sonyamom
    ... always check your electrolytes to make sure that the potassium and sodium are staying on a normal basis. The ACTH...
    ... far is: 1. ACTH 2. Electrolytes (why?) 3. Potassium (why?) 4. Sodium (why?) 5. Adrenal antigens 6...
    ... In Addisons Disease the sodium leaves the cell and potassium goes into it causing the Addisons Crisis. The florinef ... I take causes me to keep my potassium and sodium in balance so I don't loose to much sodium...

  8. Addison's disease and LACK of hyperpigmentation
    ... back normal (although I have had one level of high potassium bloodwork in the past) with no current abnormal levels...

  9. help with diagnosis/blood tests
    ... and renin tested. Also, ask for a blood test for potassium and sodium levels, though these are not always off...

  10. Frequent urination?
    ... know to also test that. Do you have a sodium and potassium test from a CBC? These tests can help indicate if ... sodium is at the bottom of the range or below and the potassium is at the top part of the range or above it, this ... to be out of the ranges for aldosterone, sodium and potassium to be treated, but not so at all. The ranges for ... all the symptoms. Severe cases may lead to high potassium and low sodium in blood tests. When the adrenals...

  11. How do phase II and phase III differ in adrenal exhaustion?
    ... your temps in the morning, had blood tests of your potassium , sodium, renin, aldosterone, ACTH in plasma, MRI of...

  12. question on symptoms
    ... again tomorrow. What is the foam? is it sodium or potassium ? I read it might be protien. but that would show on ... less of. Ive heard low cortisol can cause too much potassium but the pills cause too much sodium. I guess I have...
    ... might want to double check with your doctor about the potassium pills. It can be bad if you are getting too much. ... sports drinks, like Gatorade, because they are high in potassium and low in sodium, the opposite of what someone with ... dehydrated and sodium deficient, you may also crave potassium because your body is sending you the message that ... your cells are low on potassium as well as sodium and water. However, after consuming ... only a small amount of potassium containing foods or beverages (fruit, fruit juice ... drinks), you will probably feel worse because the potassium /sodium ration will be further disrupted. What ... situation is a combination of all three, water, salt and potassium in the right proportions. One of the easiest ways ... sprinkled with kelp powder. Kelp powder contains both potassium and sodium in an easily assimilated form. Depending ... salt according to your taste, and you should avoid potassium -containing foods in the morning when your coritsol ... ionic balance by retaining, rather than excreting, potassium . Some of these low aldosterone persons present with ... outside of the cell membrane and an adequate supply of potassium inside the cell. They must be balanced. If this balance ... is undermined by a loss of sodium and retention of potassium , the nervous system will find it difficult to propagate ... rrhythmias (heart palpitations). With a chronic sodium- potassium imbalance, the person will show the sign of a paradoxical ... extracellular sodium and likewise retaining intercellular potassium , we can see how an osmotic differential could develop ... If the osmotic difference (created by the increased potassium seeking its intercellular position and the lowered ... (It is also possible that the body could kick the potassium out of the cell and into the extracellular fluids ... casionally occurs, we rarely see signs of this in the blood potassium levels.) The body is trying to dilute the potassium...
    ... ZJ, Please stop the potassium & have your level checked in 6 weeks or so. Taking ... potassium when you don't need it could be a problem. The Florinef ... we take is to keep the potassium "down" within the range as it tends to be high in...
    ... you energy when you wake. I agree with Wanda, potassium is the enemy for an Addisonian If you are getting...
    ... it is just another source of stress. And the whole potassium thing... thats up to the specialist. taken from ... situation is a combination of all three, water, salt and potassium in the right proportions.* and to john77--thanks...
    ... if you are taking Florinef and salt you don't need potassium . Without seeing your electrolyte tests, we can't ... but you would be the first I've heard of that needed potassium and salt with florinef. If your potssium was at the ... the florinef salt for a while then you might need potassium . If he hasn't tested your potssium a while after ... treatment on florinef and he is having you take potassium , I have to question his wisdom on that. I've never...

  13. Do I have Addison's? Some Labs
    ... replacment asthma is gone. What was your sodium and potassium levels on the CBC? (give ranges). These can give...

  14. Update on daughter
    ... rise in pulse? Blood and urine tests for sodium, potassium , renin, aldosterone, ACTH plasma, TSH (thyroid) and...

  15. Hi, im a teenager and new to this.
    ... Dose & times. Did the doc tell you what your salt & potassium levels are? That is what the Florinef regulates. ... It helps keep your salt up & the potassium down. Why did the doc decide you didn't need Florinef...

  16. Do people with AD get vestibular sensations in head
    ... some answers. in your place, I might ask for sodium, potassium , renin and aldosterone blood tests! Best of luck...

  17. ACTH Stim Results...can anyone explain?
    ... the ACTH stim test, though. Did you have sodium, potassium , renin, and aldosterone measured as well? Those would...
    ... mid jan) Sodium 134 Glucose 140 AST 52 ALT 66 Potassium 3.8 PH urine 8.0 Leukocyte esterase *trace WBC...

  18. i need support
    ... that much? You need to see what is happening to your potassium level at that dose. Florinef increases salt & decreases ... potassium so if decreased too much that wouldn't be good. If...

  19. Thoughts on my labs
    ... indicators of adrenal distress! Also, ask for your potassium and sodium, fasting blood sugar, and your blood pressure ... standing up for 5 min. to be measured. Many times your potassium and sodium levels will look normal, even WITH adrenal...
    ... especially interested in finding out what your sodium and potassium look like on paper! I'm sure not as interested as...

  20. high doses of hydro
    ... florinef. Recent testing, my sodium was 136 (136-145) Potassium 4.08 (3.5-5.1), Aldosterone iP <3.0 (2-23) (actually ... really means). Maybe someone can expalin my sodium & potassium numbers...what do they mean. Is it risky to take florinef...
    ... that you could use Florinef. Salt is at the low end, potassium at the high end & Aldosterone is low. The Florinef ... helps the body retain salt, lowers potassium & replaces the hormone Aldosterone. You should not...

  21. what are these tests my endo is sending me for?
    ... occassions. Raise in esr. crp high, glucose high once , potassium low on numerous occassions, Growth hormone high igf...

  22. what causes addisons
    ... FLudrocortisone ( Florinef). This regulates the salt, and potassium and water balance in the body. The steroid most...

  23. I have addison disease symptoms
    ... was a young child ... I had the highest levels of potassium most doctors ever seen. My mom always thought, I had ... high potassium levels from eating banana sandwiches. But, after reading...
    ... responded sooner to your post. Your symptoms and high potassium would certainly warrant a workup for Addison's disease...

  24. Someone Please Help-addison's???
    ... Only Abnormal Results Were My Sugar Was Low (47), Potassium Was High (5.7) And Co2 (oxygen?) Was A Little Low...
    ... Test Was Normal !!! So Far My Sugar Was Low(ONCE), Potassium High, And Renin Level High. My Endo Said That My Symptoms ... Done (i Paid For It Because I Was Concerned About My Potassium ) And Everything Was Normal Even My Sugar And Potassium ... Confused Because I Dont Know What Caused Or Is Causing My Potassium To Be High Or If Its Possible That It Was Like A One ... Time Deal That My Potassium Was High?????? So Ive Had About 3-4 Sugar Test Done ... Next Tests Show. Any Idea What Can Be Affecting My Potassium (if Its Not An Adrenal Problem.) Thank You Tracy Hope...

  25. Adenral fatigue and Food Allergies plus AM Cortisol test?
    ... Addison's. Some other mutually respected tests are potassium (usually too high), sodium (usually too low), renin...
    ... tested a while back and they were normal. but the potassium was hugging the high end and the sodium the low end...
    ... Sneezy, I hope you get some resolution soon. The Potassium and Sodium might be something you want to have retested...

  26. Can anyone HELP!!!
    ... dizziness. Ask for renin levels (would possibly be high), potassium , and sodium (potassium is usually elevated and sodium...

  27. Can anyone shed light on this (?)
    ... Blood test for aldosterone level, renin, sodium, potassium , ACTH plasma level, sodium level in urine (if possible...
    ... Blood test for aldosterone level, renin, sodium, potassium , ACTH plasma level, sodium level in urine (if possible...

  28. Confused; Please Help
    ... you had your electrolytes checked for elevations of potassium and/or low sodium levels? It could be that you also...

  29. Could this be Addison's?
    ... Doctor to run a blood test and specifically check your potassium levels as well as your sodium levels. If the blood ... work show's high potassium in your system..there's a good chance you have Addison...
    ... find out. :) He said yesterday that I should get some potassium supplements since my legs were hurting. Should I wait ... to find out what my potassium levels are, or would it be ok to take a supplement...
    ... mprovement on steroids, too. I would hold off taking any potassium supplements until seeing what your electrolytes look ... like on bloodwork. High potassium is a risk of Addison's and it can lead to heart problems...
    ... Thank you for recommending that I not take the potassium supplements. My legs really hurt, but I don't want...

  30. Friend Diagnosed with addisons...blood pressure is sky rocketing!!
    ... as this drug) can cause palpitations. In fact, low potassium and Addison's, as well as blood pressure issues can...

  31. Addison's problems, PLS HELP!
    ... zig-zag. Since the first birth, I have had massive potassium issues (with Addison's it tends to run high, mine ... then I have been on a roller coaster of Cortef and Potassium . I get this weird leg pain before I am going into ... sign. but now, I am having similar pains with the potassium , so I don't know which to take - my doctor said to ... what would be the point. Last time I had massive potassium problems I took so much to replensih that I ended...
    ... I don't know how that would fit with your now LOW potassium but most primary Addisonians have to take Florinef ... currently? Being on too much cortef can sometimes make potassium low and give you other weird symptoms as well. The ... High blood sugars would most definitely cause your potassium to be low, also. Being on the cortef raises the chances...

  32. High aldosterone -- anyone know about this?
    ... well. I do not have high blood pressure. Is your potassium low too? Mine is and I think it is because my aldosterone ... is so high, it makes me pee out all my potassium . Docs dont seem to have any ideas w/me either. It...
    ... with alterations in renin. It does often cause low potassium just as you mentioned. And it would make sense that...
    ... there, I've had blood tests come back with low potassium and aldosterone within the "normal" range, but high...

  33. WandaB, thought I'd post this as a new thread also....
    ... Thanks, I've had one CBC showing normal sodium and potassium : sodium 138 Range 135 - 145 mmol/L potassium 4 ... difference? Also, the sodium is on the low end and the potassium is on the high end. I have good days, and very...

  34. I have alot of strange symptoms and alot of tests....
    ... patient exhibits a normal serum (blood) sodium and potassium levels. THE TEST: A blood draw followed by automated ... determination of sodium and potassium levels as well as other standard blood markers. ... vary somewhat from lab to lab): Sodium 135-150 mEq/L; Potassium 3.5-5.2 mEq/L PRIMARY ADDISONIAN: Will show significant ... of sodium and a elevated (above normal) levels of potassium . REASON FOR ABNORMALITY: Low or no production ... neralocorticoid. Primary Addisonians lose sodium and retain potassium . Abnormal values here, in additon to physical signs...
    ... Thanks, I've had one CBC showing normal sodium and potassium : sodium 138 Range 135 - 145 mmol/L potassium ... difference? Also, the sodium is on the low end and the potassium is on the high end. Do you have any insight? ...

  35. Laxatives and Addison's
    ... undiagnosed for sure, but I know that with Addison's, potassium and sodium levels get messed up, and I'm worried that...
    ... I'm not sure I can help. Addison's can cause high potassium and low sodium. So you would want to stay away from ... products containing any form of potassium (I don't know anything about laxative ingredients...

  36. Hand & Foot Cramps?
    ... addison's, I made him eat a banana every day to up his potassium and it did work. I think when you have addison's your...

  37. My dad has Addison's and is in the hospital...can someone help with my questions??
    ... probably very low sodium is causing the swelling. Potassium levels can also become very high. (Both are very serious...

  38. Doc wants me to take new "vitamin". I am frustrated.
    ... as calcium phosphate) 160 mg 16% Iodine (as potassium iodide) 150 mcg 100% Magnesium (as magnesium ... sodium molybdate) 25 mcg 33% Chloride (as potassium chloride) 40 mg 1% Potassium (as potassium...

  39. endocrine symptoms but blood tests normal
    ... Blood test results: sodium 143 (133-145) potassium 4.4 (3.3-5.1) chloride 102 (96-108 ... fruits and vegetables, very skewed in favor of a high potassium -to-sodium ratio....

  40. Trying to understand my Cortisol readings....
    ... serum sodium level less than 130 mEq/L and a serum potassium greater than 5 mEq/L may be noted. A low glucose levels ... elevated? Didn't think so) Sodium 139 MMOL/L (135-148) Potassium 3.8 MMOL/L (3.5-5.1) I'm on blood pressure meds which ... lowers potassium . I've also been gaining weight hand over fist ...

  41. Frustrated...adrenal gland symptoms.
    ... sleep, I ended up in the ER. The only finding...a potassium level of 3.5 which is considered 'borderline normal...
    ... sleep, I ended up in the ER. The only finding...a potassium level of 3.5 which is considered 'borderline normal...
    ... Edited to add after looking over my tests my potassium is also lower end at 3.7 . I've read it's usualy high...

  42. Craftlady- Out There?
    ... they retested her BP's while on the Florinef or her potassium and sodium levels to make sure her potassium is still...

  43. Secondary insufficiency questions
    ... done on my 8 yr. old son, as well as having renin, potassium , etc. re-checked, I am finally ready to concede that ... His antibody tests all came back negative, and the potassium , etc. came back normal as well. This has caused...

  44. WandaB and everyone
    ... How is your potassium level? Taking that much Florinef may cause a potassium...

  45. would a the doctors do...
    ... . they tested my blood with standard tests....for potassium and stuff....do you think they would spot addisons...

  46. help with symptoms: cushings or addisions?
    ... sodium 142 range 136-145 potassium 4.3 range 3.5-5.1 CL ...

  47. Craftlady
    ... urinanalysis Trav's sodium was down and so was his potassium (to a better level). He says the sodium is still...

  48. Electrolytes
    ... as you probably know. BUT...his plasma sodium and potassium do NOT look suspicious. His urine sodium, however...

  49. Hey Chris.. (you're so popular at moment!)
    ... normal. He didn't read me out the glucose magnesium potassium sodium etc only that they were in the normal range...

  50. TAEmom
    ... Addison's. I wonder the same thing about Trav. His potassium and sodium and cortisol are all looking fine, so I...

  51. For Craftlady
    ... least thorough of them! Have they checked Carmen's potassium and/or sodium on any tests? I'm told that with Addison ... 's the potassium is often high, and the sodium low. But Trav's have...
    ... tested Carmen for, the doctor keeps telling me that her potassium and sodium are normal, sugar level are ok, a antibody...

  52. A diagnosis
    ... because Andrew has no other symptoms of primary - potassium , etc. has always been normal and he doesn't have the...

  53. Test Results
    ... 12 -65 (don't know what this last one even IS!) Potassium 4.7 mmo/L ...

  54. Question - Emergency - Psychological Problems and Addisons

  55. Tolerance For Exercise?
    ... Muscle strength, electrolyte balance (low sodium, high potassium ), dehydration, losing salt through sweating, low cardiac...

  56. Could I have Addison's disease with normal labs?
    ... adrenal insufficiency and still have normal CBC, sodium, potassium , calcium, liver function tests, and kidney function...

  57. adrenal masses
    ... sometimes severe. As well as hypokalemia, or loss of potassium , which leads to severe dehydration.. Neither one of...
    ... sometimes severe. As well as hypokalemia, or loss of potassium , which leads to severe dehydration.. Neither one of...

  58. sunken looking eyes
    ... primarys and many secondarys need it to regulate the potassium balance in their bodies. Aldosterone (florinef) balances ... the potassium level in your body and the potassium balances the sodium level in your body. It is all...

  59. old symptoms reoccuring
    ... shooting pains down your legs might be the result of Potassium defiency due to taking Dexamethasone - if you're taking ... the occasional RLS. Ask your doctor to check your Potassium levels; and there are drugs out for RLS - I don't...

  60. Adrenals overworked?
    ... to keep the blood volume up causing dehydration. Potassium and Renin work with Aldosterone to cause your body...

  61. Very low cortisol -- should I look for Addison's?
    ... a CoA precursor, L-Tyrosine, magnesium, calcium, potassium , and adrenal glandular extract. All of this has seemed...

  62. Am I on the right track?
    ... test came back normal as well as bloodwork testing my potassium , sodium, and other levels. I thought my problem...

  63. Flourinef alternatives
    ... dangerous as it can't be properly dosed and can cause potassium loss. Many thanks. ...

  64. Conn's Syndrome Wears Out Adrenals?
    ... s, overactive adrenals, water retention, loss of potassium which is necessary to keep muscles from cramping....

  65. New here with a question (long)
    ... nurse. She told me I had low cortisol levels, high potassium levels and to come in to take a ACTH test. I did...

  66. Pregnancy with Addison's yes, or no?

  67. misdiagnosed addisons
    ... each test . in mine my sodium levels where really low potassium a bit high and something wrong with the white blood...

  68. How do you keep hydrated??
    ... has my sodium dead center in the lab range and my potassium (often high with Adrenal fatigue/Addison's) is middle...
    ... Pantothenic acid, calcium, magnesium, zinc, sodium, potassium , manganese, and chromium, and believe it or not, it...

  69. diet
    ... salt my food alittle more,as Addison's patients loss potassium and electrolytes so easily. The loss of potassium...
    ... we need to stay hydrated, but I'm not sure of the potassium . Some of us tend toward having high potassium, but ... be worthwhile to have electrolyte levels (sodium, potassium , etc) monitored until you are sure you are taking ... care of those properly. The reason for the high potassium /low sodium issue is that the adrenals control the ... ratio of sodium : potassium in the blood by producing aldosterone. No aldosterone ... aldosterone causes loss of sodium and retention of potassium . If you are one of those people that animals tend...

  70. Cortisone Acetate vs Hydrocortisone?
    ... ludrocortisone helps body retain salt and water and excrete potassium and acid....

Celiac Disease board

  1. ?? about celiac disease
    ... vitamin D, magnesium ( causing heart problem), and potassium . I am on mega vitamins but still levels keep dropping...

  2. celiac disease...what is it?
    ... that are present and GM peanuts. Soda has a high potassium content that robs you of vitamins and minerals, I...

  3. Celiac Disease Just Diagnosed
    ... me in the hospital after going into shock from low potassium . Finally the doctors decided to test for celiac because...

Chronic Fatigue board

  1. Sick of people not understanding my illness
    ... week. And my doc told me recently I am very low in potassium ....Could this be the problem??? Don't know. I...

  2. Dizziness, fatigue and brain fog.
    ... blood test. Then, Friday the doc called and said my potassium levels are super low and I have one week to ge them ... problem?? I really hope so.) So, now I started a potassium supplement and I am crossing my fingers hoping this...
    ... bananas are a great natural source of potassium . if you are getting muscle cramps and charlie horses ... , they are very indicative of low potassium . i had a low level once over the years and i started...