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Tired of not knowing

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  • Posted By: cyn3100
  • October 19, 2006
  • 06:38 AM

In 1996, I suffered a massive stroke that effected the right side of my body. I was 33 years old. In 1999, I suffered a heart attack and had an angioplasty the next year. Until then, doctors I saw believed that the fatigue I would get from walking more than 20 feet was because of being 60 pounds overweight. Despite my protests and pleas, the proper tests weren't performed until months after I had already suffered a heart attack. At the time of the angioplasty, my coronary artery was 98% blocked and I was not expected to live through the procedure. Stents were placed in my heart and left kidney.

After the procedure, I became potassium deficient and have been ever since. Although I now watch what I eat, exercise vigorously at least 4 times a week, and with the help of my meds, feel better than I ever have, I still leak potassium. I have to take poisonous levels of potassium (240 mg equivalent per day) just to sustain a normal level. It has been this way for 6 years and I'm no closer to knowing why the potassium leaks out than I was 6 years ago. I am getting very frightened by it with the recent increase of prescribed potassium (from 180meq to 240 meq per day).

I am at my wits end! I'm terrified that I might have some disorder that is going undiagnosed. If you can help, please help. I'm desperate.

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