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  • Will Potassium supplements hurt my bladder?

    Everytime I go to the doc they tell me that my Potassium level is low! Does anyone here take Potassium supplements? Will this hurt my bladder?

    Thanks,
    Aleet7
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  • #2
    I took a potassium supplement for several years without a problem. Potassium deficiency can be a real problem. Potassium has a bad reputation because of the potassium sensitivity test, but potassium ingested and going through the digestion process isn't the same as putting it directly into a raw bladder. One of the reasons my level was so low was that orange juice and some other potassium rich foods are on my trigger list. I have, however, found other foods (such as potatoes, cereals, peas and beans, fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, fish, poultry), that keep my levels up without more pills. The one I took was a prescription; much less expensive that way.

    Donna
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    • #3
      I have been taking them for about 3 weeks and haven't noticed any difference. My IC is fairly mild though but there are certain things I am finding out that give me pain and I don't think that is one of them.
      Cindi


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      • #4
        Originally posted by ICNDonna View Post
        I took a potassium supplement for several years without a problem. Potassium deficiency can be a real problem. Potassium has a bad reputation because of the potassium sensitivity test, but potassium ingested and going through the digestion process isn't the same as putting it directly into a raw bladder. One of the reasons my level was so low was that orange juice and some other potassium rich foods are on my trigger list. I have, however, found other foods (such as potatoes, cereals, peas and beans, fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, fish, poultry), that keep my levels up without more pills. The one I took was a prescription; much less expensive that way.

        Donna
        Thanks Donna!
        My potassium is low because I take water pills and a lot of the potassium rich foods are also on my trigger list. I have a script for the potassium pills but haven't filled it because I wasn't sure it be ok with my bladder.

        Cmclien ....thank you for sharing with me! I do know that I really need to take potassium...It's always low when I'm tested. Again...thank you!

        Best Wishes,
        Aleet7
        DX'd with IC 5/08
        other Dx's~SVT: had Catheter
        Catheter Ablation Aug 19,2010
        Migraines, PFD, Hypertension,
        Prolapsed Pelvic
        Organs and Degenerative Disc
        Disease, Kidney stones, Insomnia
        Two bulging discs w/tears and osteo
        arthritis in multiple joints in the spine



        Current Meds:Elmiron 400 mg per day
        Benicar Hct 40-25mg for Hypertension
        Norvasc 2.5
        Vicoden as needed for pain
        Cymbalta 30 mg
        Prelief
        CystaQ
        Prosed
        Lidoderm Patch


        Psalm 121
        I will lift up my eyes to the hills from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.


        "Be Kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle"

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        • #5
          Re: Will Potassium supplements hurt my bladder?

          I was told to take Potassium pills as a suplement by a well meaning acupuncturist and stupidly i did without reading first about what that might mean for someone with IC. The Potassium induced a most unpleasant flare. Very difficult now to get my body back in balance. I highly recommend taking potasium in foods and not in supplement form. My poor bladder immediately went into sensitivity upon the first ingestion of the Potassium pill. I should have done my research.
          I treat myself with Desert Harvest Aloe Vera capsules, Bio Film Defense, De Mannose 500 mg 3 x daily, Probiotics, and calciam Citrate Time Release. I do Yoga and this helps me more than anything else. I have also done PFD re-training. I have flares every 3 months.

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          • #6
            Re: Will Potassium supplements hurt my bladder?

            I'm actually back on a potassium capsule after a blood test said I'm deficient again. I've been taking it for a month now with no problem.

            Donna
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            Patient Help: http://www.ic-network.com/patientlinks.html

            Sub-types https://www.ic-network.com/five-pote...markably-well/

            Diet list: https://www.ic-network.com/interstitial-cystitis-diet/

            AUA Guidelines: https://www.ic-network.com/aua-guide...tial-cystitis/

            I am not a medical authority nor do I offer medical advice. In all cases, I strongly encourage you to discuss your medical treatment with your personal medical care provider. Only they can, and should, give medical recommendations to you.
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