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Do you have any symptoms that would suggest a low potassium level?
Yes, in the past few weeks I have had some muscle cramps during a hot weather period. Last Sunday I went to Accident and Emergency, as I felt faint and had spasms. I was told I was dehydrated, even though I do drink a lot of water.
Are you a heavy sweater?
meaning do you sweat a lot
I should add I have a pain condition, which recently got somewhat aggravated when I over-extended my spine on a foam roller in the gym. Th
Yes, I am a heavy sweater.
thats the main thing, since you are a heavy sweater you will have to remain continuously hydrated during exercise
Some people sweat a lot and this is natural.
I was going to say my symptoms appeared when my pain condition got aggravated, possibly due to nerve root irritation
I think it is possible that I have indeed been underhydrated over weeks or months. My skin has become moister as I increased drink three days ago. But potassium test two days ago was 3.9.
Was it tender to touch?
or is it still tender to touch?
Sorry, i don't understand the question: what do you mean might be tender to touch?
I mean is the painful area still tender to touch?
when you press the area does the pain increase?
I am having persistent level of muscle spasm now due to irritated spine, and indeed it can get worse if pressed, but it is not crampy pain anymore, after increased hydration.
I noticed improvement in general pain after hydration. I feel like it might improve further if I got more potassium, as spasms might decrease.
I think that you should just rest for a few days and it will improve.
it may be a muscle pull.
I personally do not think its a nerve pain.
Since you perspire a lot naturally, you have the tendency to dehydrate quickly.
So you need to keep yourself well hydrated all the time particularly when you are exercising in a hot and humid environment.
I think I do have nerve pain - it is a reaggravation of old pain. I will hydrate more, but how can I improve potassium further? Should I supplement?
I think that you should eat more red meat.
Why would red meat help? I thought this is good for iron. Any alternatives?
You can read about the top ten potassium rich foods here.
It includes cooked lean beef as well.
Which is what I was talking about.
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