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Low Potassium and Kidney Stones

Jennifer P.
on 10/14/12 6:14 pm - MN
RNY on 07/31/12 with
So Friday I was admitted to the hospital because I was passing a kidney stone and in a TERRIBLE amount of pain.  After receiving pain meds, it finally passed, but they said my blood work came back with my potassium level at 2.6, which is dangerously low.  They first did a round of potassium via IV and it went up to 3.0.  Then they decided to do oral potassium pills and it dropped down to 2.8.  So they did another 10 bags of potassium today and sent me home, advising me to have my blood drawn tomorrow through my general practitioner or my bariatric doctor.  

This is the second time I've had low potassium and had to have it given to me intravenously.  Has anyone else had this problem?  I'm almost 11 weeks out and the first time it happened I was about 2 weeks out.  I'm just nervous this is going to keep happening and I would rather stay out of the hospital!!!  
                   
yahpraiser
on 10/14/12 6:39 pm - danville, AL
I have had a problem with low potassium as well. I was in the hospital once for it at about 3 months out. I now have to take a liquid potassium everyday.
    
Jennifer P.
on 10/14/12 6:40 pm - MN
RNY on 07/31/12 with
 So how do you take the liquid?  I tasted it and it was AWFUL!  
                   
yahpraiser
on 10/14/12 6:43 pm - danville, AL
I mix it with a diet  decaffinated tea that I found at a local grocery store. Krogers if you have them. It is sold in the refrigrated section. I take the amount percribed in about 12 ounces of tea. It is still not what I would call great tasting but much more tolerable.
    
Jennifer P.
on 10/14/12 6:44 pm - MN
RNY on 07/31/12 with
 I'd rather take the broken up pills! LOL
                   
yahpraiser
on 10/14/12 6:46 pm - danville, AL
I probably should try them because I really sort of hate the liquid
    
Jennifer P.
on 10/14/12 6:47 pm - MN
RNY on 07/31/12 with
 If you can get a pill splitter, I would.  A good pill splitter will cut it right.
                   
MrsLitch
on 10/14/12 8:02 pm - Morris, IL
RNY on 06/04/12
my doctor's office said we can't absorb the pill and they prescribe the powder to everyone before sugery. someone at my last support group said she finally found a way to get it down without it tasting horrible. She makes it in a small 2 oz glass and adds enough Mio to hide the taste and takes it like a shot. You may want to try that.

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yahpraiser
on 10/14/12 6:51 pm - danville, AL
Thanks I have been taking the liquid for about 5 months and it really isnt any easier now than it was at the start. I have tried different sugar free juices too but it wasnt any better.
    
Calla Lily
on 10/14/12 6:51 pm
RNY on 01/23/12
 What did your kidney stones feel like? Friday I was having sharp pain on my lower right side, about 3 inches inward from my hip bone. At first I thought maybe crazy gas pain, but was able to pass gas and I was not constipated. The pain eased a big when I would sit with my knees up in a crunch position. The pain lasted all day Friday, and on and off Saturday and today it was totally gone. I was almost wondering if it was a sign of a kidney stone.

RNY 01/23/12, HW 265, CW 115, Height 5'6"

 

Jennifer P.
on 10/14/12 6:53 pm - MN
RNY on 07/31/12 with
 It was the worst pain I have ever felt in my life.  It went from my mid back down to my lower back on one side.  Nothing I did made it more comfortable.  It took about 12 hours to pass.  I was nauseous, vomiting, and had blood in my urine.  
                   
Calla Lily
on 10/14/12 6:59 pm
RNY on 01/23/12
 Did you have pain prior to passing it, like weeks/days before? Also, I'm glad you were able to pass it!

RNY 01/23/12, HW 265, CW 115, Height 5'6"

 

Jennifer P.
on 10/14/12 7:06 pm - MN
RNY on 07/31/12 with
 No, it was instant.  Thanks!!!
                   
seattledeb
on 10/14/12 9:38 pm
RNY on 12/22/08 with
 Did they share some foods that are high in potassium?
Bananas, oranges,avocados, potatoes,and beans (particularly in a can) are good choices.
You have to really keep on it. 2.6 is life threatening. Good luck to you.
Deb T.
    
seattledeb
on 10/14/12 9:40 pm
RNY on 12/22/08 with
 Another thing..you aren't taking calcium carbonate for your calcium are you? That can really increase your chances of kidney stones and the calcium is not absorbed well.
    
Jennifer P.
on 10/15/12 9:02 am - MN
RNY on 07/31/12 with
 No, I'm taking Viactiv chews, which is what they told me to take.
                   
seattledeb
on 10/15/12 6:41 pm
RNY on 12/22/08 with
I wish we could take those but they are.Carbonate which is n not absorbed well and leads to kidney stone formation.
You need calcium citrate.