• 1 month ago

    High Potassium

    I went to the DR yesterday for a pre op physical. I have stage 4 Kidney disease and have had Kidney disease for 50 years. She did a basic metabolic and my potassium was 5.6. I have never had a problem with potassium. She wants to recheck in 3 days after I hydrate more and watch my diet. Is this the safe thing to do and is there medication I can take? Karen

Responses

  • 1 month ago

    RE: High Potassium

    Honestly don't know if there is medication to decrease potassium, however by avoiding these foods you can also help decrease it.

    •Broccoli
    •Kale
    •Turnip greens
    •Collard greens
    •Bananas
    •Oranges
    •Cantaloupe
    •Honeydew
    •Apricots
    •Grapefruit
    •Some dried fruits such as prunes, raisins, and dates
    •Cooked spinach
    •Cooked broccoli
    •Potatoes
    •Sweet potatoes
    •Mushrooms
    •Peas
    •Cucumbers
    •Zucchini
    •Eggplant
    •Pumpkins
    •Peas, lima beans, black-eyed peas, and pinto beans

    Hope this helps!
  • 1 month ago

    RE: High Potassium

    There is something called K-xalate but it has it's own problems. You are better off cutting back on high potassium foods (the worst are citrus, tomatoes, high fiber things) and hydrate. See what happens in 3 days. It's very important that your potassium be normal for the surgery.
  • 12 days ago

    RE: High Potassium

    Sounds like hyperkalemia. After 3 days after you hydrated and watched your diet did your potassium level improve? How was your surgery? May I ask what type of surgery it was for? Apparently it was Kidney related. Are you a prospect for dialysis ? Was your CKD (Chronic Kidney Disease) related to diabetes or high blood pressure?