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My mother has a deficiency of potassium, this morning dropped again and couldn’t move stiffly all at breakfast around 9 o’clock suddenly nausea and nausea how come it’s black is that dangerous doc
Thank you for the question.
The condition in which the body is deficient in potassium is called hypokalemia. This condition can indeed cause sufferers to experience nausea, vomiting, no appetite, constipation, weakness, tingling, muscle cramps, difficulty moving, palpitations, paralysis, tightness, and even many other complaints that can be fatal if not treated immediately. Many factors can cause hypokalemia, including excessive vomiting or diarrhea, kidney disorders, adrenal gland disorders, drug side effects, folic acid or magnesium deficiency, diabetic ketoacidosis, drug side effects, alcoholism, and so on.
Depending on the severity and causes, your mother's condition may or may not be dangerous. Blackish vomiting can occur purely due to vomiting that is too frequent to cause injury to the gastrointestinal tract, can be due to side effects of treatment, but can also indicate a more severe condition, such as peptic ulcer, liver disorders, bleeding disorders, malignancies, digestive infections, etc.
It is recommended that you immediately check your mother to the doctor or intern doctor so that her condition can be further evaluated, such as by laboratory tests, ultrasound, endoscopy, or other supporting examinations. Later, the doctor will probably give your mother some kind of medicine, recommend hospitalization or transfusion, and even refer her to a more appropriate subspecialist doctor (for example, an internist in a gastroenterology subspecialist).
In the meantime, you should not panic. Let your mother get plenty of rest, give her plenty to drink and eat foods that are difficult to digest, and don't give your mother any medicine other than those given by the doctor. In order to increase potassium levels in the blood, some food ingredients, such as bananas, oranges, avocados, tomatoes, spinach, carrots, beef, fish, beans, and wheat can also be given to your mother, unless your doctor recommends otherwise.
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