Patient Comments: Hyperkalemia - Symptoms


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Comment from: VeryLucky, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: May 07

My experience with hyperkalemia was much worse. Due to a prescription, my potassium went to 7.6 and I suffered a cardiac arrest. Only thanks to CPR from my very level-headed wife am I still here.

Comment from: schmcl, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 02

With hyperkalemia I could not stand up out of my chair, when I finally got up I could barely walk. My fingers and face got numb, my fingernail beds turned purplish.

Comment from: Roblou, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 17

With hyperkalemia I experienced tingling down the middle of my spine, and my hands and fingers fell asleep every few minutes. I was also weak and achy and dizzy.

Comment from: Mahesh.N.D, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 03

I am a kidney patient with low sodium! Sometimes, my potassium level goes up to above 5.00! I feel my feet very soft and featherlight especially, the skin of my feet! I wonder if this is a symptom of high potassium.

Comment from: SmokyMtnLady, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 21

I had weakness and fatigue, cloudy thinking and tingling in my fingers because of hyperkalemia. My legs were very tired. I also felt sleepy, or over-medicated all the time.

Comment from: Marie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 05

My potassium level is 5.6. I'm worried if I have hyperkalemia and I am in a dangerous situation.

Comment from: Doug, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 15

My episode with hyperkalemia led to muscle weakness to the point that I couldn't walk. I also had a pulse rate in the 20s, blood sugar that was very high, mental confusion to the point that I wasn't coherent, an EKG all over the place, near kidney failure, and the ER doctor telling my wife she had better gather the family. I had foolishly ignored my morning blood sugar (505), the muscle weakness, and chest pressure – probably because of the confusion caused by the increasing levels. I have learned my lesson: management of my diabetes and seeking medical attention when necessary.

Comment from: 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: March 20

I had nausea, left shoulder pain, and stiffness.


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