The Patient and Caretakers Section

Testing Potassium Levels with the Cardy Potassium Ion Meter

For those who still own or use the Cardy C-131, the directions are below. The sensors on the older Cardy meters, those produced 10-15 years ago, were more reliable than newer ones. The Cardy C-131 cannot be considered entirely reliable any longer. The newer meter, the Laqua Twin, is totally unreliable and should not be relied on as a testing device.  

Thyrotoxic Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis

Clinical Synopsis

Thyrotoxic periodic paralysis (THKPP) is an uncommon disorder characterized by simultaneous thyrotoxicosis, hypokalemia, and paralysis that occurs primarily in males of Asian descent, including patients of Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and Filipino ancestry.

Some Words For The Family

Having a family member with a chronic illness puts an enormous strain on family relationships. Everyone must adjust and learn to cope. Tasks not only must be reassigned and the household routine upset or interrupted, but additional time and energy may often be devoted to caring for the patient.

Life on a Roller Coaster

I am not my body!

Coping from the inside out

One way to cope with stress is to turn down our reaction to it through meditation. Meditation has been practiced in cultures all over the world for thousands of years. It's now being used with increasing frequency by western physicians and health care organizations to treat a diverse range of medical conditions.

What do I do now?

    The reaction to a diagnosis of periodic paralysis may be relief, shock, grief, despair, or any combination of emotions. It takes time to adjust to a chronic illness. Long cherished plans and dreams may have to be abandoned, some temporarily, others forever. For a time it may seem that the dominant focus in one's life is periodic paralysis, but as the news sinks in and adjustment comes a new balance can be achieved.

But you look so normal!

Stories We Tell are e-mail exchanges written by our List members. In this exchange patients discuss the difficulties of see-sawing between between looking fine and lying in a heap somewhere, not always in the place of our own choosing.

Low Sodium, Low Carb Ideas for Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis

People with Hypokalemic periodic paralysis, and some Andersen-Tawil Syndrome patients, need to eat a diet low in carbohydrates and sodium, since both carbohydrates and sodium trigger attacks. But how do you do it? Here are handy tips on how to plan a diet that is reduced in sodium and carbohydrates.

Tips on Reducing Sodium

At Home

Meal Plan Template

When I'm in the middle of an abortive attack meal planning goes right out the window. I can look at a fridge and pantry full of food and not be able to figure out what to do with any of it.

The only way to avoid feeding the family cheese on toast and a glass of tap water for dinner again is advance planning.

I can follow clear and simple directions. So if I plan exactly what we will eat for each meal I can;

1) avoid wasting food,

2) feed us something other than crud on rice (which is going to make me weak anyway) and

Hospital Management Guidelines - ATS

Hospital Management Guidelines for Patients with Andersen-Tawil Syndrome

Patient's Name:

Birthdate: ________Height: _______Weight: _______


Primary Physician:

Emergency contact:  Name:                                             Relationship:

home phone#                                         cell #                            FAX:


Subscribe to RSS - Patient