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i have no thyroid and take novothyrol - a combination t3 t4 and i have problems with hypothyroid and hyperthyroid - due a temporary alteration of meds... i have been feeling very unwell - breathing discomfort - weakness, weird sensations...air hunger and my levels are sodium potassium 133/5.8 and normal range is 138/5.1....i am very worried that something bad is happening and i will collapse
i was told that the potassium may be abnormally high because my blood was taken on wednesday evening and olny testedon thursday morning and that the potassium levels increases automatically in this case
i had an EKG and stress test last monday - all ok - also whenever i take a sauna or exercise i feel better....so are all these signs of too high potassium??...also i have been supplementing potassium at about 300mg on average a day ( i had a shortage a few years ago)and stopped completely yesterday and had two heavy saunas....do you think its ok not to go to emergency and wait for a more accurate test situation tomorrow morning....even though i still feel slightly out of breath...and have been for 6 weeks now - having said this i can still run uphill without heavy breathing ...its just a need to yawn all the time
when i had the echocardiogram last monday i did not know about the high potassium level so is that particular function checked automatically with the ultrasound
oh I forgot to mention that my iron levels are normal but my ferritin is too low....
ferritin is 16 and should be between 30 and 400 but iron is 70 and should be between 40 and 150
i have an appoitnment now with my doctor for an EKG which has not been done since May and I will ask for a blood gas analysis and also that he calls ER because my ferritin is also too low...16 and the lowest level should be 30!....i will write back to you in 1 hour when i am back and then i hope we can finnish the consultation - you have been very helpful and I will increase the fee - so you have something urgent to add before i leave in 1 minute?
i sent a reply a moment ago but i am not sure you received it
i went to my doctor who has given me a letter for a pulmonologist - he also assured me that the blood sample taken last wednesday waited for 19 hours before being tested - and also last week i tested normal for potassium...so its okay to wait until this monday to be tested again... i had a very bad evening feeling extremely unwell but then I took 40 mg of bio identical progesterone and immediately felt a lot better because I am menopausal and I do not take HRT and i have low progesterone..but the breathing issue was back this morning!....I wonder whether I have a kind of asthma induced by very low progesterone...but i will go anyway to the pulminologist and also for another potassium test on Monday...and I will keep taking regular progesterone now to see if it helps this kind of asthma that I have...can asthma symptoms be a continual chest discomfort that does NOT get worse with exercise?
Thanks for this - I have also realised today that I can control how i feel because i feel better when I exercise (even the breathing gets better)so I think I may be suffering form panic disorder - my doctor recommended taking tranxene ....but do you know a really effective anxiety medication without side effects??