Patient Comments: Hyperkalemia - Diagnosis

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

Comment from: elizabeth, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 21

I have been using Istalol eye drops for glaucoma. I have loss of energy, insomnia, queasy tummy, and mild diarrhea.

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Comment from: jimbadneck04, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 30

I was diagnosed about 10 years ago with torticollis. I take alprazolam for it. The Botox does nothing, can't stretch it. If I go to sleep for 2 minutes it goes away till I wake up. I have had it so long that the area on the left side of my neck to the top side over my ear is always tender. I would do anything to get rid of it. If anyone knows of an electronic hat that would disrupt my brain to allow the spasm to be interrupted, I would gladly be a test patient.

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Comment from: researcher 99, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 30

Immense thanks for your website and information on hyperkalemia. My own doctor here in Canada says absolutely nothing about this condition except that a 5.7 blood test result for potassium is beginning to be of concern. When asked about causes, treatment, etc., I get nothing except to go on a low potassium diet. Your information, which I am trusting to be accurate and current has helped tremendously! Thank you.

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Comment from: Este, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 15

My father died from hyperkalemia. He had only been taking Aldactone for two weeks. His kidneys shut down, his potassium spiked, and his heart could not contract. He was no pulse and had electrical activity. He was resuscitated, only to die again two weeks later. The cardiologist insisted that my father was only dehydrated and needed to drink fluids. Had I been informed of the risks and dangers, I would have been very vocal and vigilant in having him tested regularly. He collapsed in the doctor's office. The labs had just come back. It was too late. I take beta blockers and Norvasc, am only 46, not over weight, but have had very stressful life. Now I am concerned about developing hyperkalemia. I plan to get tested next week! This condition is preventable!

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Comment from: Jenny, 45-54 (Patient) Published: October 05

I had been taking Spironolactone(200 mg/day) for 5 weeks as part of a treatment for Gender Dysphoria, and had symptoms of nausea the entire time. Also a general feeling of weakness and some dizziness upon standing (which I assumed was a blood-pressure problem, yet my pressure was normal). My doctor, who has a great deal of experience with this medication, at first thought I might have just caught a virus or something. When I came in for lab tests, a slight elevation in potassium was observed so repeat labs were order for that very day. I received a 9:00 pm call from my doctors office regarding the lab results which instructed me to go straight to the hospital emergency room. I was checked in, treated for 3 days until my levels were normal and then released. Two days later I had more labs and they confirmed normal levels. At one point during my hospitalization, my level had gone up to 7.5 and they (we) were quite worried about both heart and kidneys. With a personal history of Type 2 Diabetes, and a family history of heart problems, I am indeed lucky to be alive!

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Comment from: Ron A, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 09

Thanks for the good article. It briefly mentioned diet as a possible cause of hyperkalemia. I believe that's the problem in my case. I've been eating a lot of potassium rich foods, such as spinach, avocados, beans, fish, and bananas. I must be eating more than my body can handle or maybe the occasional NSAID I take for a sore foot is slowing elimination of the excess. I've cut back on these foods, especially the bananas, and hope that it will help. My doctor ordered a follow up blood test immediately upon seeing the high reading on my last test.

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