Blood Potassium Levels Always Fall In People With Hyperthyroidism?
I Haroun, 27, has hyperthyroidism for 2 years. r n r nEvery 2 months my potassium drops to 2.1 which causes my body to be completely paralyzed
Good afternoon Haroun, thank you for asking at HealthReplies.com. Low potassium levels are also known as hypokalemia. Hypokalemia occurs when potassium or potassium mineral levels are below normal levels, namely 3.6-5.2 mmol / L. Potassium so low as below 2.5 mmol / L is starting to be considered life-threatening and can cause symptoms of paralysis, respiratory failure, destruction of muscle tissue, heart rhythm abnormalities, and indigestion.
This condition can occur for many reasons, such as:
Cushing's syndrome, due to side effects of medications containing cortisol
Long-term use of laxatives
High-dose penicillin antibiotics
Side effects of potassium-reducing drugs
Heredity or genetics
With such low levels, people with hypokalemia should be hospitalized. They also need to have their heart rate monitored to make sure their heart rhythm is normal. In addition, treatment to normalize potassium levels will depend on the cause, and may involve potassium supplements, liquid sugar and insulin.
In your case, what your internal medicine doctor needs to do is to make sure there is no other cause for your hypokalemia than your hyperthyroidism. If there are other causes, then that cause will be treated, as well as maintaining control of your thyroid hormone levels. If it is confirmed that the cause is only the thyroid, it is likely to increase the dose of your medication, more routine control, and ask you to take potassium supplements and eat foods high in potassium such as bananas, potatoes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, kidney beans, avocados, fish and milk.
In essence, the condition of hypokalemia is a life-threatening condition and if this has recurred, it means you must get a thorough examination from an internal medicine doctor to immediately find the source of the problem and treat it before more serious complications occur. We wish you and your family good health.
That's all, hope it helps.
dr. Amadeo D. Basfiansa