Low Potassium and Migraines Can be Checked At A Clinic...

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Low potassium and migraines is the bodies way of telling you that worst things may come. We're a migraine site and we try to let each migraine sufferer know what to look for when they start having more than the occasional headaches.

Most Dr's  and headache specialist give their patients preventive medicine, which may be one of several drugs that may diminish the body of potassium. My wife found that out with a trip to the ER, and several days in the hospital. She was told that within 2 days she would not have been with us, due to very low potassium.

Low potassium and migraines are but one of many causes of headaches, but never the less, should be considered along with magnesium levels for relief.

Read on as we cover what potassium is, foods that are high in this electrolyte, and signs of potassium deficiency. 

What is potassium and why is it so important.

Potassium is an electrolyte that's necessary for the maintenance of regular heart rhythm, blood pressure, and neuro-muscular functioning, acid levels, and water balance.

Levels of potassium tend to be low in people who take diuretics, (water pills) have a bout of chronic diarrhea, kidney disorders, or take laxatives. Here's where the low potassium and migraines may start.

Sodium and potassium surround cells as positively charged ions. With both working together sodium and potassium provide the electrical potential that's necessary for cell membranes to control the transfer of water into and out of the cells.

For tip top health the body needs to maintain balance between sodium and potassium at a ratio of around 5:1. That's 5 times as much potassium as sodium.

Signs of a potassium deficiency.

First signs of a deficiency may just be the potassium and migraines to deal with if the level just remains low. More serious signs if the potassium drops dangerously low can be:

  • Muscle weakness. 
  • Confusion 
  • Irritability 
  • Problems with muscle contraction 
  • Nausea  
  • Skin being painful to the touch  
  • Heart palpitations 

Dosage of potassium.

The recommended daily allowance for potassium is 900 MG for adults. (This is not the case with drugs that diminish the body of potassium, more would be needed.)

 Over the counter potassium doesn't come in doses over 99 MG, because the government restricts supplements to be no more than 99 MG to avoid side effects.

(Potassium through foods have no side effects.)

Dietary potassium supplements through foods are preferred over pills. Studies show that a diet that's low in potassium and high in sodium (salt) increases ones chances of high blood pressure, stroke, and heart disease.

The improper balance between these two are more common if you have high blood pressure, kidney disease, or taking ACE inhibitors, or a potassium sparing drug.

Possible side effects of potassium.

Potassium supplements should not be taken if you suffer with a kidney disorder, unless directed by a Dr.

Potassium supplements can cause:

  • Nausea, vomiting, and irritate the stomach such as giving ulcers if taken in amounts greater than 99 MG. 

But remember a person can eat a banana (500) Mg of potassium and suffer no side effect.

Good food sources to avoid low potassium and migraines, and much worst symptoms.

  • Bananas have 422 Mg of potassium.  
  • One cup of yams have 1224 Mg of potassium. 
  • One medium potato has 897 MG of potassium. 
  • One orange has 172 MG of potassium. 
  • Beans have in one tbsp, 179 Mg of potassium, so a bowl is loaded with potassium. 
  • Brown rice has 84 MG per cup. 
  • Nuts such as almonds have 649 MG. 
  • 2 tbsp of peanut butter has 208 MG.
  • Figs have 116 Mg for a medium one.
  • Dark Leafy Greens (Spinach) in one cup has 839 MG of potassium.
  • One cup of non fat yogurt has 625 MG. 
  • Three oz. of salmon has 534 MG of potassium. 
  • One cup of white mushrooms have 428 MG of potassium.

Possible interactions when taking potassium supplements.

To keep the risk of taking potassium supplements to a minimum of toxicity, supplements shouldn't be taken along with ACE inhibitors, diuretics that don't take potassium out of the body, and many types of antibodies. To much potassium in the body can do damage also.

Back to my wife's story of finding herself in the ER, plus three days in the hospital, for potassium levels that couldn't be registered. She could barely walk due to the muscle cramps the day she was admitted. After two days of bag after bag of potassium, she was mending. Took about a week to regain her strength. We were lucky it was caught in time. The outcome could have been much worst. 

If anyone has experienced this we would be delighted to here from your experience with potassium loss. 

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