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Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   hello doctor
User :   i signed in yesterday and u had asked me to sign in later
User :   are you there?

User :   i just wanted to share my blood test results with you... the doctor said i have a high potassium level of 6.3 and wanted to check is that a problem
User :   hi doctor
User :   hello
Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   how can i help you
User :   is this
Doctor :   please go ahead with ur medical query
Doctor :   yes
User :   ok i actually got a blood test last month and the potassium level was 6.3
User :   which i understand is high and the doctor said thats not really a cause for concern
User :   do u think that it actually could probably be a problem in future? (just wanted 2nd opinion)
Doctor :   ok

User :   potassium serum was 6.4
User :   total protein serum was 8.7
Doctor :   ok

User :   and serum albumin was 5.3
Doctor :   when was it done
User :   july 15th
Doctor :   Hyperkalemia is a condition caused by higher than normal levels of potassium in the bloodstream.
User :   and i had done the blood tests with fasting
Doctor :   Arrhythmias
Doctor :   Cardiac arrest
Doctor :   Changes in nerve and muscle (neuromuscular) control
User :   so the doctor was not correct rite when he said that high potassium is ok
Doctor :   these are the complications of increased potassium levels
Doctor :   outcome with this condition varies. In some people, the disorder causes deadly complications, while others tolerate it well.
User :   is it very high 2 be anythin serious?

Doctor :   yes if it is too high it will cause the above complications
Doctor :   but some people do tolerate it will
User :   so u think its pretty high rite?
User :   hmm so what should exactly be done
User :   coz i will be meeting that same doctor tomorrow
Doctor :   3.5to 5.meq/l is the normal levels
Doctor :   it can be due to increased oral intake
User :   well i went with fasting
User :   i dint even eat anything before blood test
Doctor :   moderate (6.1 - 7.0 mEq/L)
Doctor :   is moderate increase in levels
User :   i think i used 2 apply some cream, i dunno if that actually increased the potassium level
Doctor :   acute or chronic renal failure, potassium-sparing diuretics, urinary obstruction, XXXXXXXX disease or Use of potassium supplements, severe muscle injury, hemolysis, burns, blood transfusions or Acidosis or drugs.

Doctor :   unlikely
User :   but as a doctor
User :   what would you recommend if a patient had a K level of 6.4
User :   could it be something related to kidney or liver problems?
Doctor :   consult a physician
Doctor :   it can due
User :   because the doctor said your liver is fine...
Doctor :   need to investigate the cause
Doctor :   like kidney function test
User :   i see.. so you think that should be done?
User :   because my urine is completely fine from what the doctor said

Doctor :   get this tests done and back to us
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   anything else u want to know about
User :   is urine test a kidney function test?
User :   is urine test a kidney function test?
Doctor :   it is part of kidney function test as well
User :   all the other results in the blood test were normal

User :   except for serum potassium- which was kinda high
User :   and total protein serum - slightly high, serum albumin slightly high too
Doctor :   this was one month back
User :   yea...

Doctor :   now u get the tests done
Doctor :   and consult a physician
Doctor :   ok
User :   ok...
User :   1 last thing doctor
Doctor :   we are making this chat paid
Doctor :   r u willing to pay for the service from 1st sep
User :   u think this tingling sensation in groin could be because of high potassium?
User :   how much r u guys charging
Doctor :   it can be
User :   i see....
Doctor :   how are u willing to pay
Doctor :   1000 per year for family
Doctor :   1000 rs
User :   thats about
User :   how many dollars
User :   2USD 20?
User :   USD 20?
Doctor :   25

User :   what if i want it only until december 31st
Doctor :   valid for one year
User :   ok.....
Doctor :   from sep1st 2008 to 30 august 2009
User :   ill let u know and get back 2u
User :   can u pay by credit card
User :   onlune?
User :   online*
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   by credit card online payment
User :   ok... ill think over it and let u guys know
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User :   yea
Doctor :   confirm ur contact details
User :   they r my details
Doctor :   u need to give ur contact number

User :   i dont have 1 rite now
User :   but as soon as i get 1
User :   ill send it 2 u guys
User :   can i email
Doctor :   ok fine
User :   my contact number
User :   or do i hve 2 give on chat
Doctor :   bye
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