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Forum Name: Miscellaneous Nephrology Topics

Question: hypokalemia

 kinko - Sat Aug 14, 2004 10:18 am

I was diagnosed with a low potassium level about 2 weeks ago, and ever since, I have been eating a bannana, 2 dozen baby carrots, and a few glasses of orange juice every day to keep my potassium level from dropping. However, yesterday, I felt a tingling sensation throughout my limbs and felt occasional palpitations, despite consuming 3 bannanas, 2 dozen baby carrots, and a few glasses of orange juice . I have noticed that I have to urinate more frequently. Last week, my blood potassium level was at a 3.9. Does this indicate that my potassium level is dropping again? What should I do?
 Dr. Yasser Mokhtar - Tue Aug 17, 2004 11:04 pm

User avatar Dear Kinko,

Potassium level of 3.9 is a good level.

Doctors like to see a potassium level of 4 in patients who have organic heart disease with history of arrhythmias.

Yours is at a good level, you can continue to consume bananas and citrous fruits as sources of potassium.

Thank you very much for using our website and i hope that this information helped.

Yasser Mokhtar, M.D

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