What Are the Symptoms of Low Potassium Levels?

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I’m fourtyeight female. Low heart rate. It may ona good day get up to sixty. When I wake up it is always lower fifties. Like fivtie four. Every day. It rarely hits seventy. I keep getting low potassium. And I don’t understand this? EKG. Three times always come back normal. Blood pressure under control.
it's ok to have heart rate like 54 in a 48 y/o female, if you don't have any other uncomfortale feelings. if it cause fatigue and dzziness, a pace maker may be needed in the future.
What is the average range for carbon dioxide in the body?  Is 34 too high or too low?
The normal level is 35~45 mm of Hg, or 23-29 mEq/L. I thik yours is 34 mEq/L? It's a bit high, but if PH is ok and you have no symptom, it may not a big problem.  Changes in your CO2 level may suggest that you are losing or retaining fluid. This may cause an imbalance in your body's electrolytes. CO2 levels in the blood are also affected by kidney and lung function. A follow-up with your doctor is recommended.
I  have low potassium. I fight to keep it to normal levels every day. I take 11 tabs 29 meq tabs a day or a potassium every 2 hours.they haven't found a cause yet.some times I don't get enough potassium so I  eat bananas, green vegetables, carrots and so on to keep my potassium levels up on top of taking the pills.i get spasms in my ribs muscles and extremities. Sometimes waking me up.do you have any ideas
Common causes to low potassium is easy to diagnose, incl. kidney issue, alcohol, diarrhea, diabetes, you said they haven't found out, it sounds like a less common problem. The muscle spasms is a symptom of low potassium, it sounds like you take a large dose of potassium supplement and your potassium is still low. Do you have high blood pressure?  Has your doctor tested the hormone?
I don't know what test you have done. It sounds very complex. Hypokalemia can result from one or more of these medical conditions:1)Inadequate potassium intake;2)Gastrointestinal or skin loss:A more common cause is excessive loss of potassium, often associated with heavy fluid losses that "flush" potassium out of the body. Typically, this is a consequence of diarrhea, excessive perspiration, or losses associated with muscle-crush injury, or surgical procedures. Vomiting can also cause hypokalemia, although not much potassium is lost from the vomitus. Rather, heavy urinary losses of K+ in the setting of postemetic bicarbonaturia force urinary potassium excretion (see Alkalosis below). Other GI causes include pancreatic fistulae and the presence of adenoma;3)Urinary loss:Kidney and endocrine causes;4)Distribution away from extracellular fluid; It can be tricky; maybe more tests should be done.
Spasm can be caused by low serum calcium.
Alex,,, my wife has low potassium and has been found to have Addison's. This where the adrenal gland is not working properly
Heavy exercise and the related heavy sweating also flushes potassium from the body.  You didn't mention if you are a runner, or do heavy exercise.
I ask if low potassium levels is dangerous
Yes, a very low potassium level can be life-threatening. Potassium is important in maintaining your normal heart rhythm, usually a potassium level lower than 2.5mmol/L is an emergency.
Does low potassium cause a phycotic episode?
Yes. A low potassium could cause a variety of symptoms, such as:
Weakness
Fatigue
Muscle cramps or twitching
Constipation
Arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythms)
Mental abnormalities
Thank you for your answer. So what treatment is there for the Mental abnormalities?
Supplement of potassium would be effective. Intravenous potassium chloride can be infused to increase potassoum level and improve mental abnormalities
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