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Kidney stones, elevated potassium and me

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  • Posted By: autoimmune
  • August 9, 2008
  • 07:53 AM

Hello, Everybody!

I am a 54 year old female who has always tried to do right by herself, always eating healthy foods, never smoking and only occasionally drinking a glass of wine or a cup of coffee. However, I was born with autoimmune issues-celiac sprue to start, medicinal allergies, Lichen Planus, (possibly caused by Nsaids), and osteoarthritis which required a partial knee replacement. This took place in March of this year. Before then, my same knee was scoped twice within the two years leading up to my replacement surgery. What I find interesting is that within a few months of both of my two knee scopes, I passed, (the dreaded), kidney stones. And what is even more interesting is that I have now found out from a recent renal ultrasound that I have a 5mm stone in my right kidney waiting to drop just a few months after my final procedure. Is this mere coincidence? I have also learned from recent blood work that I have an elevated potassium level of 5.6. I can't help but think that these may all be connected. Is there a possible correlation between surgeries, anesthesia and Hydrocodone for pain relief and kidney stones and elevated potassium levels?

Any information would be most helpful. Thank you!

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