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November 24th, 2010, 10:18 AM
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I went to the ER last because my heart was racing (up to 130 resting) I had high blood pressure (only 160/90 but mine is usually really low around 95/60) I was also feeling weak and dizzy and twitching uncontrollably. This was going on for 4 hours before I finally went in. Turns out I have hypokalemia, or really low potassium levels. So they jacked me up on some before they sent me home, and I am supposed to take prescription supplements for a few days and then be retested in a week.... Hopefully I don't need consistent supplements...

It seems weird though, I eat plenty of vegetables which are rich in potassium. But I was having a SUPER CRAVING for bananas yesterday and had DH bring some home for me (He works in produce).

I think this may be my Celiacs disease kicking in (in can prevent nutrient absorption) I guess I really need to follow a gluten free diet....
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November 24th, 2010, 10:41 AM
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Glad you went in, that can be serious. Hope the supplements work and you don't need them for too long.
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November 25th, 2010, 11:54 AM
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I've had the same problem with both Wesley and this pregnancy. I hope you are feeling better soon.
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November 27th, 2010, 08:26 AM
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It could be the Celiac if you have not been following the gluten free diet. It might be smart to have our Dr. test your other vitamin and mineral levels also. If your potassium is low, there is a good chance that your b's and folic acid are also low.

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November 30th, 2010, 04:39 PM
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Yes!!! You really need to stay away from gluten girl!!!! You need all your nutrition for baby. I can't have wheat either. I know it's a PITA. (((hugs)))
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