Patient Comments: Hyperkalemia - Diagnosis

Was your doctor able to quickly diagnose your hyperkalemia, or was it difficult to hone in on the disorder?

Published: July 02

My balance became so badly messed up, I couldn't walk without members of my family holding me up. After falling while trying to walk 6 feet, I went to the hospital where hyperkalemia was diagnosed; the result of a medication I had been given.

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Published: June 20

Nausea, weakness, not feeling good for several weeks, discovered with blood work.

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Comment from: mary, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 08

I have had hyperkalemaia for almost 8 years. I have had a lot of tests done and the doctors can't find out why it goes up. I usually feel very weak and dizzy with it. I haven't been given anything to lower it when it does go up. The last time I had a blood test done it was 7.2. I wasn't put in hospital for it, and never have been yet.

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Comment from: red, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 28

One week ago I woke up and could barely walk. My muscles in my legs, calves, were so heavy, weak and sore. I went for lab work my potassium was 6.9. I am now on a daily dose of lasix and the potassium is 6.0 I have felt tired and weak for a while but just thought I am getting old 62. I am still being monitored for my potassium levels.

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Comment from: Harris, 75 or over Male (Caregiver) Published: March 04

Husband died of hyperkalemia. He had blood K level of 5.4 12/16/2007. Admitted to hospital again on 01/03/2008 with 5.1 blood K and difficulty standing. Three days later the doctor prescribed potassium for him. His blood level spiked from 3.4 to 4.9 that day. The next day it spiked from 4.9 to 5.6. The third day it went from 5.6 to 6.9 and caused him to go into cardiac arrest and death. On 01/07/2008 radiology diagnosed the traumatic and acute fracture of four ribs which occurred on 11/12/2007. One hospitalization Nov '07 and one in Dec '07 due to these injuries, which were not diagnosed until two days before he died. Believe doctor was negligent and contributed to if not actually caused his death. Have been unable to get med malpractice attorneys to acknowledge and proceed.

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Comment from: Terri, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 10

I am a healthy, active person. I started noticing rare moments where, when I would stand up or get up from bed, I would suddenly feel nauseated, flushed, sweaty, dizzy and feel like I would faint. I would then immediately lie on the floor and after a few moments I would be fine. (Thought it was low blood sugar or something.) Then I started feel "foggy" and had trouble concentrating or talking kind of slurring my speech. I started to have real concerns when I noticed that my walking seemed to become difficult-kind of shuffling my legs. I also had symptoms of mild heart palpitations. I went to my doctor who determined I had a high potassium level. There has not been a medical diagnosis as to why I have this condition, but it is controlled thru a mild daily diuretic. Please note that these symptoms took time to develop, did not occur all the time and each could be explained away until they started to occur more often. It is important to see your doctor if you experience any symptoms..

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Comment from: smith8577, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 17

I have Addison's disease and have high potassium because of a hormone that does not work to excrete it. To keep your potassium down, watch what you eat, I have found so many things we eat and drink have high amounts of potassium in them. A lot of Milks have it, 100% Fruit Juices, Peanut Butter, Apples, Leafy Green Vegetables, Some Bottle Waters, Sea Salt, Sunflower Seeds, Some Cereals, Molasses, The list goes on. I never knew this until I got Addison's. So watch what your eating and drinking. I also know that higher intake of sodium will bring Potassium Levels Down. Some Diuretics will help bring them down too. Do your research and hope this helps.

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Comment from: Cymraes, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 25

I had routine blood tests last week. Up to a year ago I was very fit and also was, and still am, slim. I thought I might have a thyroid problem as I have been suffering from fatigue for most of the past year. However, I was diagnosed with mild hyperkalemia and I return next week for another blood test. My potassium level has always been around 4.5, but I believe that Cozaar which was prescribed to me about 18months ago could be responsible plus my great love of tomatoes which I eat daily!

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