Too much potassium?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by hagardreams, Sep 2, 2010.

  1. hagardreams

    hagardreams New Member

    My doctor told me yesterday that my blood work showed that I had too much potissium? He said that it wasnt really high, but high enough to show up as being too much.

    I dont even know what that means, or how to correct it, if I can correct it.

    Is there anyone that knows much about that?

    Thanks for any advise!

  2. TigerLilea

    TigerLilea Active Member

    Your doctor should order a second test to rule out any error that could have occured. Potassium levels should stay consistant within the body. A higher than normal level of potassium can be an indication of a kidney or adrenal problems. Also, some medications can cause potassium levels to fluctuate.

    Is your doctor sending you for any further testing? My sister had a test show higher than normal levels of potassium and she had to go for further testing to rule out kidney disease.
  3. hagardreams

    hagardreams New Member

    Well it was the psychiatrist that told me about that. I am loosing my GP doctor next month, she is quitting her private practice, and I will be without a GP.

    I do see an endroconolgist for my diabetes in Oct, so I hope that I can get some answers then.

    I have been a type 1 diabetic for over 37 years, so if I have kidney kisease, its probably about time.

    I am not worried about dying, I am worried about living. More suffering on top of the fibro, and I just dont want or need anymore!

    Thanks for the info!

  4. TigerLilea

    TigerLilea Active Member

    Hopefully it was just an error on your test. Apparently something as simple as making too tight a fist when the blood is withdrawn can skew the results.
  5. hagardreams

    hagardreams New Member

    I looked up kidney disease, and I have all the symptoms. That really hit home. I have been wondering why I have some of those symptoms, and now I know.

    It just blew me away. Ok, I am leaving room for other things, but after reading this there is no way that I can have all of these symptoms and it not be this.

    I know that my symptoms could be other things, but after that test, my gut tells me that this has to be it.

    I noticed that it was getting worse in the last month or so, and I was just about to call the diabetes specialist and see about going in before next month. I hope to call them in the morning and see if I can get in.

    Like I have always said, I am not afraid of dying in anyway. I am afraid of suffering, and as all of you know we suffer enough with our day to day challenges. I already have fatigue, and its gotten worse, and I just refuse to live like this. I just hope that the doctor can diaognose me, and find something that can help me.


  6. TigerLilea

    TigerLilea Active Member

    Hi Julie - Yes, you should definitely get that checked out immediately. I'm surprised that your doctor wouldn't have pursued this further knowing that you are a diabetic. Even if she is closing her office, she has an obligation to her patients while she is still practicing medicine.

    Do you have high blood pressure at all? Kidney disease and high blood pressure go hand-in-hand and it is very important to keep high blood pressure under control. The higher the blood pressure, the more damage that happens to the kidneys.

    Good luck to you! Let us know what your doctor has to say.
  7. hagardreams

    hagardreams New Member

    Actually mine is kind of low. I am on propranorol, and have been for over 20 years.

    My blood pressure stays around 120/59 or so.

    I think being a type 1 diabetic for over 37 years is probably the biggest factor. I feel so blessed to have survived this long with diabetes. My blood sugars have never been perfect. I do what I can, but with stress, it makes the sugars go up. As all of you know that have fibro, you have stress, and that is not a darn thing you can do about that!

    I see my doctor this thursday, the one that is quitting. I hope that she can help me find another doctor soon. I do see a diabetes specialist, and I have a feeling that they are going to be the ones that get me into a clinic for what ever is going on. My private doctor had her hands tied, I have no health insurance. My diabetes doctor is through charity, at a local teaching hospital. That hospital does NOT believe in pain meds for fibro at all! That is why I found someone outside of the hospital to treat my fibro. Its very unfair that I had to do that. The only good news is that if I do have kidney disease, I will be able to get medicaid, and I can find another doctor and not have to worry about paying the bill. We are living on my hubbys disability income, and it just doesnt go very far.

    No matter what happens, I just dont want anymore suffering! Like I have always said, I would rather have a good quality of life, than quantity.