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#1 AllyAngel

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Posted 29 November 2020 - 06:22 AM

Okay so I'm in a relapse, it's been hard to admit I'm at that point but I am. Just barely above underweight range BMI at the moment and purging pretty much every large meal with multiple water flushes..I'm also on a new heart med that increases potassium loss, struggling with overuse of diuretics and laxatives, and drinking a lot of caffeine...my worry is that I've started getting tremors in my lower legs, I can't lift my legs when laying without them trembling uncontrollably and when I'm standing they feel weak. I've also been getting really lightheaded, feeling nauseous, tingly hands and feet and skin going mottled. Occasionally chest pain too...and also some pressure in my head?? Feels weird. Anyway

I know you aren't doctors, but has anyone else experienced this kinda thing and was it hypokalemia or something else? I'm kinda scared tbh and don't know what to do
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Posted 29 November 2020 - 06:25 AM

Also meant to add that the only reason I haven't gone to the ER is because my health insurance is pretty much nonexistent and I'm kinda broke after losing my job due to covid...don't wanna go if I don't have to. Dont want to die obvs, but don't want to be spending $$$$$$$ either
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Posted 29 November 2020 - 06:27 AM

hey. i am a med student (half doc ig?)

 

you are probably suffering from low blood pressure, if you can check the levels i would recommend doing it. 
i will STRONGLY recommend to you to stop using diruretics immidiately and lower (if you can STOP) using laxes as well. 

if you put them away now i will recommend you to prepare a big cup of water with a teaspoon of salt and drink it. then rest. and again do NOT take diuretics or laxatives, in this rate this can bring you to even heart failure.

 

saty safe sweetie


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Posted 29 November 2020 - 06:38 AM

hey. i am a med student (half doc ig?)

you are probably suffering from low blood pressure, if you can check the levels i would recommend doing it.
i will STRONGLY recommend to you to stop using diruretics immidiately and lower (if you can STOP) using laxes as well.

if you put them away now i will recommend you to prepare a big cup of water with a teaspoon of salt and drink it. then rest. and again do NOT take diuretics or laxatives, in this rate this can bring you to even heart failure.

saty safe sweetie


Ty so much, I will try my best to stop the diuretics, haven't had any for over 8 hours now so that's good I guess. I have had a bit of salt water so now just going to watch an ep of the office and hopefully things get better soon!
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Posted 29 November 2020 - 06:41 AM

Ty so much, I will try my best to stop the diuretics, haven't had any for over 8 hours now so that's good I guess. I have had a bit of salt water so now just going to watch an ep of the office and hopefully things get better soon!

sweetie, the diuretics are causing your symptoms, be aware of it

these are the types of medicine we give to high blood pressure patients usually ONCE a day prescription. 
if one take two or more they can experience LBP symptoms even if they had HBP to begin with.
be careful hope u feel better soon <33


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Posted 29 November 2020 - 06:44 AM

sweetie, the diuretics are causing your symptoms, be aware of it

these are the types of medicine we give to high blood pressure patients usually ONCE a day prescription.
if one take two or more they can experience LBP symptoms even if they had HBP to begin with.
be careful hope u feel better soon <33


Oh shit the ones I have are only natural but been taking like 5 or 6 a day for the last week...ahhhhh πŸ˜…
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Posted 29 November 2020 - 07:08 AM

I would like to add, that you need to understand that if you messed with your water and electrolyte balance like that, you could very easily kill yourself by doing so. I often get the feeling that people think they will just have to live with the pains and aches that come with that. But this can cost you your life.

 

If you had to little potassium in your blood, your heart would just stop. It isn't possible for your heart to work with too little potassium. It needs the right amount of potassium so it can de- and repolarize its cells. You need them to do that, because that is what makes them contract. If there is no potassium, there is no depolarization and no contraction of the heart muscle. You will literally drop dead. I really need you to understand how dangerous that is.

 

Please, please, please stop the diuretics and lax. Take electrolytes (as recommended, don't overdose!). Eat. Do not take this lightly. God, I hope you are safe :(


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Posted 29 November 2020 - 07:17 AM

I would like to add, that you need to understand that if you messed with your water and electrolyte balance like that, you could very easily kill yourself by doing so. I often get the feeling that people think they will just have to live with the pains and aches that come with that. But this can cost you your life.

If you had to little potassium in your blood, your heart would just stop. It isn't possible for your heart to work with too little potassium. It needs the right amount of potassium so it can de- and repolarize its cells. You need them to do that, because that is what makes them contract. If there is no potassium, there is no depolarization and no contraction of the heart muscle. You will literally drop dead. I really need you to understand how dangerous that is.

Please, please, please stop the diuretics and lax. Take electrolytes (as recommended, don't overdose!). Eat. Do not take this lightly. God, I hope you are safe :(


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Yeah I'm pretty fkn scared at the moment esp. because I had to have a potassium drip last time I was in hosp (didn't realise until I just checked some discharge papers, I was super out of it, never had one in any previous admissions either). If I'm still feeling like this later today I'm going to get my friend to take me into hospital...not gonna be cheap but if it's the difference between life and death I guess you gotta pay the price πŸ˜…
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Posted 29 November 2020 - 08:54 AM

sweetie, the diuretics are causing your symptoms, be aware of it

these are the types of medicine we give to high blood pressure patients usually ONCE a day prescription.
if one take two or more they can experience LBP symptoms even if they had HBP to begin with.
be careful hope u feel better soon <33


Not on topic, but I love your username and I think it's great that we have a med student on here!
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Posted 29 November 2020 - 08:54 AM

You’re depleting yourself of electrolytes. Can be very dangerous abs lead to heart issues.

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Posted 29 November 2020 - 09:08 AM

Not on topic, but I love your username and I think it's great that we have a med student on here!

:wub: thank u so much!! i would like to help as much as i can, dm whenever u need, x


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Posted 29 November 2020 - 12:00 PM

Coming from a seasoned nurse, this is a recipe for death tbh. You need to stop the diuretics like now. And get some help for the purging also. Like do whatever you have to do. Eat small snacks every couple of hours and then force yourself to keep it down and having someone sit with you or text or call someone to hold you accountable. As others have said, if your potassium levels get low enough, you will literally go into cardiac arrest. You need to stop fucking around.
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Posted 30 November 2020 - 12:02 PM

Thank you

Yeah I'm pretty fkn scared at the moment esp. because I had to have a potassium drip last time I was in hosp (didn't realise until I just checked some discharge papers, I was super out of it, never had one in any previous admissions either). If I'm still feeling like this later today I'm going to get my friend to take me into hospital...not gonna be cheap but if it's the difference between life and death I guess you gotta pay the price

how are you today?


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Posted 30 November 2020 - 12:38 PM

Are you ok?


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Posted 30 November 2020 - 09:15 PM

Oh hun, please take care of yourself. You need to increase your potassium intake. Low electrolyites is a one way ticket to heart failure


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Posted 30 November 2020 - 11:46 PM

Could also have very low potassium
I absolutely get being broke
I would suggest having your bloods done asap do you have urgent care ? Usually cheaper than er but they may send you to the er...
Debt sucks but death is way worse

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