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Comment from: jcinvt, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: December 16

My low potassium was caused by an adrenal tumor, a condition known as Hyperaldosteronism or Conn's Syndrome. This condition cause hard to control BP and K+ will be low in about a third of the cases. Doctors were taught it is rare but with current testing it is found in around 10% of patients with resistant HTN.

Comment from: cowgirl, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 25

I was at work and suddenly I had bad stomach cramping and shortly after felt weak and dizzy. My secretary said I passed out but I'm not sure I really did. Then I started vomiting. She called an ambulance and when they arrived I was still weak but could walk. I was taken to the hospital thinking it may be food poisoning but the doctor didn't think so. They ran blood work and only thing that they could find was that my potassium. I am 59 years old and very active. The doctor put me on Klor-Con M20 for 2 days and I will get my blood checked again. I just want to feel good again.

Comment from: Fred, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 27

Three weeks ago I started a 24-day diet. The first 10 days I am supposed to cleanse. I felt fine after that, but about 2 days into the next phase I started feeling light headed and had an irregular heartbeat. Some days I feel drained and foggy. I worked outside a day mowing, came in and took a shower, sat down, and started having these symptoms all at once. I have been drinking a lot of water and thought that would be enough during this diet. I have stopped that phase of the diet. I have eaten about three bananas and drank about 1/2 gallon of Gatorade. Still have some symptoms when I am bending over.

Comment from: Muffy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 22

I was lightheaded and with a racing heartbeat. I went to urgent care fearing a heart attack. Fortunately a very wise and kind doctor ordered a blood test and diagnosed me low potassium levels. I was admitted to the hospital and given a potassium supplement and I am going home tomorrow.

Comment from: Fotolady, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 06

I recently had an ileostomy done and was admitted to hospital about two months after feeling not quite right, but not horrible. I found out my potassium was 2.5 and my kidneys were shutting down.

Comment from: X, Published: December 14

I started experiencing diarrhea, and it continued for three weeks before I was hospitalized for low potassium. I was lightheaded and weak, and just felt generally terrible. Also, I lost my appetite.

Comment from: jane, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 11

I like many of you was put into the hospital due to low potassium levels. I was placed in the hospital for several and have had two stays in the last six months. My last visit the potassium was 1.5 and caused a mild heart attack. You will know when it hits as all your muscles hurt and you can suffer some slight paralysis. I have had two heart attacks and one TIA stroke in a year.

Comment from: MRSDJMW, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 04

I was diagnosed with it in during blood work for surgery a few years ago. I recently began to feel extremely drowsy, as I kept falling asleep for hours. I also had a considerable amount of muscle pain. The cause of mine was due to high levels of narcotics for chronic back and neck pain, which in turn caused severe constipation. I was treated with laxatives, which caused diarrhea at times. I was also on Lasix because the pain meds caused my ankles to swell and caused me to retain water. This increased my urinary output. I found relief after three weeks of medication. Now I always remember to eat my banana daily! Low potassium causes were chronic pain, frequent urination from water pill, and increased use of laxatives due to narcotics.

Comment from: Prettybrnidgirl, Published: November 21

Thank you everyone for sharing this information. I got sick just a little over 9 years ago. I had a blood clot in my bowel that turned into gangrene. It took a while for the doctors and hospital to find out what was wrong with me. The end result was 3 bowel resections removing 6 feet and discovering that I have a rare blood disorder that caused the blood clot. At the time my husband and I had no idea of the blood disorder. We had suffered 4 miscarriages trying to have a child before all of this. I spent several weeks in hospital and several other procedures after that due to the bowel resections. I now have so many prescriptions I have lost count. However, since all this started I continually am losing my potassium. I have to take 8 pills a day now. My doctor recently wanted to increase it again after my lab results. Every time I asked him to get off the potassium he said we had to increase it. Even though I was eating foods high in potassium. I have all the symptoms that are on this page. I have been trying to do research and this is the only place I have this kind of information. I did not know about the V8 thing either but my sister suggested it because she said it helped her lose weight so I have been drinking it in the morning but as with everything I try I have gained weight and all my symptoms are getting worse. Is there a certain amount that you have to drink? I hate being sick all the time and in pain.


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