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lupycakes posted:

I was wondering if you have found any correlation between lupus and electrolyte abnormalities ? For several years, I have periods of low phosphorus , magnesium, potassium and borderline low sodium....I've seen nephrologists, endocrinologists, gastroenterologist , hematologist ....none have been able to find a cause. I also have periods of anemia but not necessarily at the same time as the electrolyte problem.

My body - on occasion - will correct the problem without treatment.

Just curious if other lupus patients have the same trouble.

Thank you!

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R Swamy Venuturupalli, MD, FACR responded:
Hi Lisa,

I did some research on this. Very rarely; in a lupus related condition, called Sjogren's syndrome, due to its effect on the kidney tubules, we see problems with potassium and acidosis. In active lupus kidney disease, we see problems with electrolytes as well. However, the type of electrolyte abnormalities that you are describing are not common in lupus. I'm sorry you have had such a hard time getting answers, but I don't have a great one for you. The kind of problems that you are describing seem to be kidney related, but other than careful monitoring and replacement under the care of a nephrologist, I don't have other suggestions.

Wishing you the best.
lupycakes replied to R Swamy Venuturupalli, MD, FACR's response:
Thank you for your reply! Guess I'll just continue drinking my phosphorus .... I've drank so much that i probably glow when the light is turned off!!

R Swamy Venuturupalli, MD, FACR replied to lupycakes's response:
You may have a problem where the kidney is unable to hold on to these electrolytes. Nephrologists usually are the best professionals to handle these issues.
lupycakes replied to R Swamy Venuturupalli, MD, FACR's response:
Thank you - been seeing nephrologists for several years - they are stumped. They say the kidneys are fine. Was just curious if lupus could be the reason. Guess I will just add it to the list of things I have to live with...sigh.


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