Potassium Deficiency: 8 Signs And Symptoms

Low Potassium Symptom #2: Muscle Cramps

Muscle cramps are among the most recognizable early signs of a potassium deficiency. Typically short-lived and non-damaging, a cramp usually occurs when your muscle contracts involuntarily or suddenly, resulting in significant pain and immobility of the affected muscle.

Muscle cramps can be divided into smooth muscle cramps and skeletal muscle cramps, and the cramping can range from mild cramping to severe cramping called "Charley Horse," a notable symptom of a potassium deficiency. The most common cramping areas are in the arms, legs, and feet.

If you experience twitching or pressure in the toes, it can also be an early warning sign for low potassium.


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