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Metabolic Acidosis

Metabolic acidosis is a condition that occurs when the body produces excessive quantities of acid or when the kidneys are not removing enough acid from the body. If unchecked, metabolic acidosis leads to acidemia, i.e., blood pH is low (less than 7.35) due to increased production of hydrogen ions by the body or the inability of the body to form bicarbonate (HCO3−) in the kidney. Its causes are diverse, and its consequences can be serious, including coma and death. Together with respiratory acidosis, it is one of the two general causes of acidemia. Terminology : Acidosis refers to a process that causes a low pH in blood and tissues. Acidemia refers specifically to a low pH in the blood. In most cases, acidosis occurs first for reasons explained below. Free hydrogen ions then diffuse into the blood, lowering the pH. Arterial blood gas analysis detects acidemia (pH lower than 7.35). When acidemia is present, acidosis is presumed. Signs and symptoms[edit] Symptoms are not specific, and diagnosis can be difficult unless the patient presents with clear indications for arterial blood gas sampling. Symptoms may include chest pain, palpitations, headache, altered mental status such as sev Continue reading >>

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  1. goedegeit

    Since I've started on Keto, I've been getting some bad stabbing pains in my right shoulder blade. I'm worried that it could be gall stones or something.
    I've been on keto for just over a month now and lost over half a stone, and I'm happy with what I'm eating, but if this is giving me gallstones I'm off it faster than a dog on a forbidden chair when their owner comes in.

  2. sassytaters

    IANAD, but from what I've read around here, switching from a low-fat diet to a high-fat can get the gallbladder squeezing and contracting and doing its job better, which can dislodge any stones that are already in there (likely caused by the high-carb diet, where it didn't have to do as much). When I first tried Atkins in 2012, I had awful gallbladder attacks after eating fatty stuff like pulled pork. Unfortunately I used it as one of many excuses to fall off the wagon, and it took me 2 years to find my way back to low-carb eating. I've had 0 gallbladder trouble this time (I have been keto for two years), but I have no idea what the difference would be or if maybe all the stones I had just worked themselves loose or what.
    Here's a link that might help:

  3. Kye7

    Thanks for the link and great post.
    I dramatically changed my diet yesterday, starting keto.
    I today (1 day later) have a deep pain in my right shoulder, and I think this is the cause. I am extremely healthy, work out 5 days a week, but never had a pain like this. It only hurts at about a 3/10, but enough to be uncomfortable.
    What can I do to make it stop? I obviously made the transition much too quickly. Have I done permanent damage to my body? Thanks in advance for your reply.

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