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Solution To Low Potasium Causes Fatigue

Posted by Connie on Saturday, August 28th, 2010 at 9:09 pm and is filed under Autoimmune Disease, Chronic Illness, Health Information, Prescription Medications.
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The endocrinologist finally found a solution to the low potassium issue I’ve been having, but now I’m constantly fatigued. I can sleep all day and all night. If I try to stay awake, the brain fog is much worse and I can feel myself nodding off.

I’ve been taking Spironolactone along with Potassium supplements. My Potassium level at my last blood test was 3.8. That is the highest it has been in years. I was thrilled! When the doctor saw the improvement I made, he increased the Spironolactone to 100 mgs. twice a day and stopped the Potassium.

I didn’t realize the fatigue I was feeling was related to the increase in my medications until I did a search for side effects on Spironolactone. Now I’ll have to call the doctor on Monday to see if he agrees with me and see what I can do to maintain the normal potassium level that I need. Because of the diagnosis of Myasthenia Gravis, I should be at a Potassium level of 4.0 so this is a serious health concern for me. I don’t want to spend my life sleeping though.

Have you had a problem with fatigue and Spironolactone?

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  1. Hi, I also have problems with low potassiom time to time. I have secondary Addison’s Disease and Crohn’s. I also drink was too much liquid so I am constantly peeing. I just try to eat potassium rich foods. When I am low my fatigue level is unbelievalbe. I try to watch it very carefully.

    comment by Mo — September 7, 2010 @ 2:07 am
  2. I’ve had chronic low potassium, lowest was 1.8, since 2000. We’ve tried everything to get it up and nothing worked. The two times I’ve had to have surgery they put me in the hospital the day before for constant potassium and magnesium IV’s with testing every few hours. I guess potassium needs magnesium and that’s why bananas are so good since they contain both.

    A cardiologist in Chicago where I use to work told me at my age with low potassium and high blood pressure he’d suspect an adrenal gland tumor. Yes I have one but tests show it’s not doing anything so we leave it alone and watch.

    I was diagnosed a few years ago with an underactive thryroid and RA then last year with diabetes. Since being treated for all my potassium has come back to normal. I’m not questioning why just glad it has
    .-= DeeĀ“s last blog ..NIcks New Heart – A Guest Post by Author Susan May =-.

    comment by Dee — September 18, 2010 @ 1:11 pm

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