I just had my 4 month check up, have had two cancer surgeries, part of the lung removed and the bladder IS REMOVED. I have a neo-bladder and have to cath in order to void. I am 2 years+ post op. and 64 years of age.

I feel great, look great, or so I am told, but potassium level was 6.8. I do eat a lot of raisins, potatoes, spinich, (fresh). Doing a re-take of blood in 2 weeks.

Any suggestions?

Thank you.



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Only 2 Reasons for High Potassium...
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi Linda,

There are really only 2 possible reasons for high potassium:

1) Kidney problems

2) Torn blood cells (hemolyzed blood) from an inaccurate blood draw..

Even though you have no bladder, if your BUN and Creatinine levels (kidney function test) is normal, the very likely problem is that the blood draw destroyed some blood cells and the potassium level is inaccurate.

If you feel fine and the BUN and Creatinine are fine, then when you have your blood drawn again, I'm betting it will be fine.

If it's not, then you and your doctor will have to do some more testing because it may be something more complex than either of those problems. But I wouldn't stress about it in the meantime, it's not likely to be a problem.

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune System Queen
Functional Medicine Practitioner
Immune System

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