i am low on potassium at3.3 my doc said its not to much off and i take a potassium pill each day and its still low i dont know what to do i have bad numbness and muscle cramps my heart beats fast everytime i sit stand or walk i get dizzy and have to lay down im scared of maybe a heart attack or something is it even safe to just deal with this
3.3 in not dangerously low but it certainly can cause symptoms. I've had low potassium around the same range and had symptoms. Not sure how much potassium you're taking viap ills, but if you're still that low my best recommendation is to drink V8 it's the highest potassium/ low sugar ratio drink I've been able to find. It has about 500mg of potassium per cup and only 8 grams of sugar. Add about 3 cups of V8 to on top of what ever your intake is at the moment and you'll be fine.
The normal range for potassium is 3.5 to 5.0, so you can see that your level is really not very low. However, some people are more sensitive to this, and you do have symptoms that fit with low potassium.
At 3.3, you should not be in danger of anything truly bad, like a heart attack of any kind, but since your symptoms are very troubling to you, and your potassium is staying low in spite of supplements, you are entitled to call your doctor and ask for a further workup to determine what is going on.
There are medical conditions that should be investigated when the blood level of potassium refuses to come back up. Do not panic, though, because it is usually very treatable.
I agree with HesAPooka that V8 juice is a good source of potassium, but the sodium/potassium ratio is more important for many people than the absolute amount of postassium. For that reason, perhaps either or both of you might want to consider using low-sodium V8, rather than the regular V8. There is a difference in the taste, for obvious reasons, but the low-sodium V8 works better for me. I was able to get used to the low-sodium taste very quickly.
im up to 2 potassium pills now my doc has me on i also take diamox due to my pseudotumor cerebri thats whats takeing my potassium away i dont see no inprovement yet im still haveing fast heartbeart the muscle cramps and now weakness in my chest i cant really leave my bed im so dizzy and almost falling
im on 4 potassium pills at the right level now 3.5 some of the problems were from my pseudotumor had to get an LP shunt and lowered the diamox doing a little better but still haveing fast heartbeat at night im haveing lots of tests done so i hope they fine out what else is wrong with me soon
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