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I keep getting low potassium levels and being given oral

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I keep getting low potassium levels and being given oral supplements but I stupidly keep reading things that say my levels are too low and I should be hospitalised but I'm never hospitalised for it. Is this an old practice?
I am 45yr old female, I have active UC, AIH, PSC, underactive thyroid, sjogrens syndrome and have had a right hemi-colectomy for bowel cancer 8yr ago, no stoma, a resection hence active UC in resection. Today potassium level is 2.9, it has been as low as 2.4
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

Hello. I'm Dr. Phil, licensed and practicing internist. Excellent service is my goal.

Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

has your mag level been checked?

can you list all your meds?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I haven't been told if they have been checked. I currently take 25mg of Mercpatopurine and 6mg of budesonide and wear a patch 25mg of Morphine. Now just been told to start 6 tablets of 470mg of effervescent potassium
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

They need to check your magnesium

if potassium won't correct it is because mag is low

I'm shocked this hasn't been done

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I'm currently exhausted all the time close to tears I'm that tired, I do work full time, would the low potassium be making me this tired? And I take it I'm not about to have a cardiac arrest as everything I read says. am I worrying unnecessarily?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

Yes, this can cause fatigue

2.9 is not cardiac arrest range

but 2.4 is certainly scary

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ok thank you for your help.
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

welcome :)

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I appreciate it. :)

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