442526 tn?1240480719
hypokalemia
i am hypertensive with hypokalemia.my BP used to be 220/120 mmHg.it was not responding to any hypertensive medicine until i started to use aldactone for hypokalemia.my potassium level had gone down to 2.7.we did most of the test like thyroid function test, 24 hour urine for sodium & potassium, CT scan of abdomen & suprarenals, 24H urine VMA, metanephrines,normetanephrines. but all are normal except that my serum potassium is constantly low.presently im on potassium gluconate 3 tablets/day, amlor 10mg, concor 5mg to treat my palpitations.we stopped aldactone because of the tests.my ECG shows ectopics & U wave.my current potassium level is 3.4.im always having muscle weakness, leg cramps, feeling tired,headache or migraine,abdominal crapms.what can be the cause of my low potassium?are there other tests that we should do?thank you...
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351246 tn?1379685732
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Welcome to the MedHelp forum!
Persistent low potassium can be due to a kidney disorder, IBS, any other inflammatory bowel disorder, leukemia or due to side effect of certain medications. All these conditions need to be ruled out one by one. If you have essential hypertension then no cause will be found. Treatment is by anti-hypertensives. The one that will suit you can only be found by trial and error. At times a combination works better. Please consult with your cardiologist. Hope this helps. Take care!
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