Electrolytes Topic Guide
Electrolytes: Electrolyes including sodium, potassium, and magnesium, are chemicals that help the cells and organs of the body function. Electrolyte imbalance can result from dehydration, kidney failure, or tumors, and other causes. Some symptoms of sodium imbalance are lethargy, confusion, weakness.
Low Potassium (Hypokalemia) Potassium is an electrolyte necessary for bodily functions. Causes of low potassium (hypokalemia) include medications, chronic laxative abuse, kidney failure, leukemia, other mineral deficiencies, vomiting, diarrhea, and malnutrition. Symptoms of low potassium include tiredness, weakness, muscle cramps, tingling, nausea, vomiting, constipation, palpitations, fainting, low blood pressure, abdominal cramping or bloating. Treatment depends upon the cause of the potassium deficiency.