Each day I get a little stronger from my last bout with paralysis a few days ago and for this I am thankful. I have been able to continue my writing, editing and analyzing our survey. Thank goodness I can do those things while sitting in a recliner!! With only one week left until Christmas, I am also relieved to know that my Christmas shopping is completed, and was also done in the comfort of my recliner.
When potassium shifts into higher ranges in normal individuals, it is called hyperkalemia. High potassium levels in the blood will occur for anyone and a myriad of symptoms may be experienced and can be dangerous, even deadly. If an individual has Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis and potassium shifts into higher ranges, he or she can and will experience a combination of the same myriad of symptoms as well as paralysis and can be equally as dangerous and deadly.
Digestion: Discomfort, nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhea, vomiting.
Heart: Palpitations, chest pain, irregular heartbeat, slow heartbeat, weak pulse, absent pulse, heart stoppage, small P waves, tall T waves, QRS abnormality, P wave abnormality, QT lengthening, fast heartbeat.
Kidneys: Breathing problems, wheezing, shortness of breath, fast breathing, feeling hot, low blood pressure.
Liver: The brain function becomes affected: Irritability, sleepiness, confusion, seizures, loss of consciousness.
Paralysis: Episodic muscle weakness, episodic partial paralysis, episodic total paralysis.
Laboratory blood changes: Elevated blood potassium, serum sodium level elevated, Serum CPK (creatine).
Avoiding high potassium foods, drugs known to increase potassium level and fasting. Also it is important to stay warm, engage in mild regular exercise if possible and avoid known triggers.