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Doctor insights on: Blood Test Shows Falsely Elevated Calcium Levels

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Can taking caltrate plus make my calcium levels to high dr said blood test results show high calcium levels and to stop taking them?

Can taking  caltrate plus make my calcium levels to high dr said blood test results show high calcium levels and to stop taking them?

Md evaluation: High intake of calcium can cause elevated levels in the blood. This often occurs in the setting of associated kidney dysfunction. Other causes like hyperparathyroidism, sarcoidosis must be investigated.. ...Read more

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I have blood test results that show low calcium levels, low PTH levels, and confirmed hypothyroidism due to high TSH. what does this mean?

I have blood test results that show low calcium levels, low PTH levels, and confirmed hypothyroidism due to high TSH. what does this mean?

Calcium PTH, Thyroid: Confirmed hypothyroidism s a clear message that the TSH is working hard to increase thyroid hormone but without success. Treatment will have to be with thyroid hormone taken by mouth. Unlikely, but the surgeon might want to remove your thyroid gland since it is not working properly. ...Read more

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Have diagnosis of pcos, hypothyroid, venous insufficiency. 2 blood test in 6mths show elevated WBC and calcium and ck serum of 20. What could cause?

Have diagnosis of pcos, hypothyroid,  venous insufficiency. 2 blood test in 6mths show elevated WBC and calcium and ck serum of 20.  What could cause?

Talk to your doctor.: A combination of knowing your health history, performing a physical exam, and performing/reviewing lab results would be best in helping you in this situation. The best thing to do is see your doctor. ...Read more

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My last blood test showed higher than usual calcium levels, should I be concerned?

My last blood test showed higher than usual calcium levels, should I be concerned?

Look at medication: Probably should stop any calcium and vitamin d supplements and recheck calcium level. If still high to investigate further. ...Read more

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What is the blood test to check blood calcium levels called?

What is the blood test to check blood calcium levels called?

Calcium level: The typical blood test to check a person's blood calcium level is called "serum calcium level", or "calcium level". It is usually done as part of a group of blood chemistry tests called a "chem panel" or a "metabolic panel". ...Read more

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My husband had a blood test to cheeck calcium levels 6 months ago it was low and told to use caltrate plus now dr said to stop cause it's to high why?

My husband had a blood test to cheeck calcium levels 6 months ago it was low and told to use caltrate plus now dr said to stop cause it's to high why?

Get a consult: You don't treat a lab value. Reference ranges are set so that a few % of healthies fall outside. A true low serum calcium in an adult who appears healthy is uncommon (calculate ionized calcium, which is what matters, based on albumin), and possible hypoparathyroidism or renal calcium wasting should be worked up. I trust vitamin d levels have been checked. Endocrinology consult is in order. ...Read more

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If the Dr did a blood test to check electrolytes and magnesium would that show if calcium and magnesium were at the wrong ratio ?

If the Dr did a blood test to check electrolytes and magnesium would that show if calcium and magnesium were at the wrong ratio ?

Blood test: Typically an electrolyte panel includes tests for carbon dioxide, Sodium, Potassium and chloride. However, if a BMP or CMP was ordered, it should include calcium. Someone would have to do the math to get a ratio, which will not likely be done by the lab. ...Read more

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What does an elevated calcium and protein test mean in a routine physical blood test?

What does an elevated calcium and protein test mean in a routine physical blood test?

Several possibles: These tests need to lead to other tests including a serum electrophoresis and other studies to determine why both are elevated. ...Read more

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I have low Hemoglobin and high levels of calcium. Frequent tachycardia episodes made me do the blood test. What can this be? Thanks

I have low Hemoglobin and high levels of calcium. Frequent tachycardia episodes made me do the blood test. What can this be? Thanks

Depends: Simple anemia....low hemoglobin can cause tachycardia. Marginal high calcium has no effect. Very high, may need parathyroid evaluation....that may relate to tachycardia also. ...Read more

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My dr. Said my calcium levels tested high. I took two 750mg Tums (calcium carbonate) a couple of hours before the 1st blood test. Would that affect the result?

No: A bit of antacid won't put your calcium in the high range. Your workup will include a repeat. If you have sarcoid, a parathyroid adenoma, have been overdoing vitamin d, or have some other cause of hypercalcemia, or whether this is an artifact or lab error, it will get sorted out -- and it's important. Good luck in the weeks to come. ...Read more

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42yo male, blood test ->higher than normal estradiol levels & GI stool test ->high beta-glucaronidase - what's this mean? Take calcium D glucarate?

42yo male, blood test ->higher than normal estradiol levels & GI stool test ->high beta-glucaronidase - what's this mean? Take calcium D glucarate?

Get a consult: Most of this stuff about beta-glucuronidase in the stool comes from "independent medical thinkers" focused on gut flora and isn't mainstream. The scientific papers I've seen come from obscure institutions. And why are you having your estradiol checked? Reference ranges on labs are set so that a few percent of healthies fall outside on either end. I'd get a second, mainstream opinion. ...Read more

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My daughter's 18,recent blood test shows high prolactin 83.At age 17-high calcium.Good appetite but losing weight,only 6stone now.Endocrine or cancer?

My daughter's 18,recent blood test shows high prolactin 83.At age 17-high calcium.Good appetite but losing weight,only 6stone now.Endocrine or cancer?

Could be neither: At this age with good appetite she can be just be burning more calories, the information you provided is not enough, she might need thyroid function testing too, start with her regular doctor first or an endocrinologist, wish you wellness ...Read more

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Is there a blood test that shows if your calcium intake is sufficient? Does it need to be combined with Vitamin D as well?

Is there a blood test that shows if your calcium intake is sufficient? Does it need to be combined with Vitamin D as well?

Calcium needs to be: taken w/a cofactor such as vitamin D3 to guide it to the bones. Your doc can measure your calcium level. Spectracell lab in Tx has a great micronutrient test. See their website. You can get many nutrients measured that way. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can Tums (calcium carbonate) cause high calcium level in blood test?

Can Tums (calcium carbonate) cause high calcium level in blood test?

Tums (calcium carbonate): Tums (calcium carbonate) can increase the calcium in your blood levels. When taken with meals, it acts as a binder of phosphorus and does not add as much to your blood. When taken without food, it increases calcium levels in your blood. ...Read more

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How serious is it to have low vitamin d levels? My blood test showed 18 vit d, but my doc said to ignore that bc calcium level is normal. True?

How serious is it to have low vitamin d levels?  My blood test showed 18 vit d, but my doc said to ignore that bc calcium level is normal.  True?

Take the D: You need at least 2000 units of vitamin d3/day and recheck your levels in 3 mos. Or so. They are not dangerous, but need to be improved. Also make sure your thyroid level is normal and that you are receiving brand name T4 replacement, as the generics are unreliable. ...Read more

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Ive been advised to take calcium and vitamin D supplements as my last blood test showed I have low calcium levels. How long will they take to work?

Ive been advised to take calcium and vitamin D supplements as my last blood test showed I have low calcium levels. How long will they take to work?

Months: You did not provide sufficient information about your health. Low vitamin D and calcium are likely to be chronic issues and you should get these checked out after about 6 months of treatment, keeping in mind that it may need to be long term treatment. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my blood test shows high ast, alt, vitm b12, calicum, bun/creati, neutrophils & sed rate. Low hct, hgb?

What does it mean if my blood test shows high ast, alt, vitm b12, calicum, bun/creati, neutrophils & sed rate. Low hct, hgb?

Insufficient info: All lab results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. It would also help to know the actual values of the test results. ...Read more

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Calcium blood test showed 10.0. I eat very little dairy, if any dairy. Thought about supplementing. Necessary in lieu of result?

Calcium blood test showed 10.0. I eat very little dairy, if any dairy. Thought about supplementing. Necessary in lieu of result?

High: Check on the normal values for your lab but this sounds high. In which case your doctor should help you find a cause. No dietary supplements until then. All the best. ...Read more

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Blood calcium test was 10.5. Took calcium right before blood test. Could this be why it was high?

Blood calcium test was 10.5. Took calcium right before blood test. Could this be why it was high?

Possible: Oral calcium can increase blood calcium levels. You should recheck your blood work after stopping the calcium supplement. If it remains elevated then further evaluation is required. ...Read more

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What's the difference between calcium and ionized calcium blood test? Thank you.

What's the difference between calcium and ionized calcium blood test? Thank you.

Basic chemistry: About half of the calcium in your blood is protein-bound, mostly to albumin, and therefore exerts no phsyiologic effect. The rest is the active form and is what is regulated and what matters. The ionized calcium can be estimated from a formula using albumin, or measured directly by a more difficult technique. Total calcium is easy to measure. ...Read more

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What does blood test of ionized calcium mean? What does it measure? What does it mean if the ionized calcium is below the normal range?

What does blood test of ionized calcium mean? What does it measure? What does it mean if the ionized calcium is below the normal range?

Can't tell: By itself any one blood test, normal or abnormal, means absolutely nothing unless there is some context. You can't determine the significance of this without knowing when it was drawn, why it was drawn, and whether there are any other abnormal tests. Sometimes it means absolutely nothing. Ask the doctor who drew it. ...Read more

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What does ionized calcium blood test check for?

Free calcium: There is a total calcium blood test that measures both ionized calcium and calcium attached to proteins. You may need to have a separate ionized calcium test if you have factors that increase or decrease total calcium levels, such as abnormal blood levels of Albumin or immunoglobulins. ...Read more

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I am 25 yrs old. I had my blood test and got report low calcium and high in mchc; mch; mcv. What these terms mean?

I am 25 yrs old. I had my blood test and got report low calcium and high in mchc;  mch; mcv.  What these terms mean?

Not enough info.: Lab results usually are numbers, and numbers are just numbers, with little meaning unless a doctor takes in the whole picture of what's going on with his patient. The ordering doctor may or may not consider the results a problem, depending on the patient's symptoms and her past medical conditions. ...Read more