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Bone Spurs Low Calcium
Hypocalcemia refers to low measured levels of calcium in the blood. Symptoms of hypocalcemia may include numbness/tinglng of he hands and mouth or cramping. In severe cases, one's ability to think may be impaired. Hypocalcemia may be due to poor diet, vit d deficiency, disorders of the parathryoid ...Read more
I have bone spurs in my neck, a friend told I should not take calcium as it would cause them to grow more?
My aunt is 60 yrs old. She has osteoporosis and low calcium in bones. How often she can take methycobal 500 mcg inj? Once every 15 days or once a week
Can side effect from zometa be so great that it should be cancelled, esp low calcium? (breast cancer, extensive bone mets) thank you.
Have anemia, and low calcium. Consistently experience excruciating bone pain in legs and ribcage. Have had clear lung scans and spine mris.
You need a workup: Hi. Low calcium is not normal. Bone pain isn't either in absence of a fracture. What is your PTH? Your 25-hydroxyvitamin D? Your alkaline phosphatase? Your 24-hour urine calcium? You need a good work up! Go see my ol' buddy, Dr. Gyan Brard, an endocrinologist in Mesa, or any other good endocrinologist. Good luck! ...Read more
Breast cancer, bone mets. Doctors cancelled mom's zometa therapy due to continuously low calcium. Can they increase ca just prior infusion and after?
I have bone spurs in my lower back an d what can I do to manaage the pain. What is considered low impact exerise to help?
LBP: Consider weight control, postural changes, gentle stretching exercises, omega, etc. Low impact includes swim, walk, and bike. ...Read more
I had achillis tendonitis 8 months ago and have a small bump on my achillis tendon that bothers me a lot. Is this a bone spur or calsium deposit?
Achilles: Bump could be a haglund deformity, partial tear with attempted healing, tendonitis, calcification. ...Read more
Various things: Poor absorption due to unhealthy gut with food allergies and inflammation, low calcium intake, low parathyroid hormone, low vitamin d level - start 30iu per pound and measure level in 3 months and adjust dosing, low magnesium level. Have a doc check for the above and come up with a managment plan. ...Read more
Muscle/nerve effects: Calcium is an important component of normal cell motion. Low levels tend to have the most clinial effect on nerves and muscles causing tingling, numbness and muscle twitching respectively. Since the heart is also a muscle, low calcium levels can lead to heart rhythm abnormalities resulting in heart palpitations. ...Read more
Could meal of burgers and coke cause significant elevated phosphorus and slight low calcium levels 5-6 hours after meal? 3mnts ago both were fine.
No: Stop worrying. Burgers and coke won't ruin your health despite all the talk about "unhealthy eating". The high phosphate might be from mild specimen hemolysis while a slightly low calcium is usually a non-problem. Reference ranges are set so that several percent of healthy folks fall outside in any case. Best wishes. ...Read more
Low calcium: Hi. Has the patient had neck surgery? Is the patient eating? Hypocalcemia (low blood calcium) is closely guarded against by the parathyroid glands. If calcium is low (considering serum albumin), check PTH, 25-hydroxyvitamin D, and kidney function. Get an endocrinologist or nephrologist involved. Good luck to the patient. ...Read more
A low calcium level may cause many problems and if your doctor has ordered the test and found a low calcium she/he should have taken care of the low calcium
What other conditions do you have?
Let me know and I should be able to help you. Your doctor must have done tests more than just calcium. ...Read more
Depends on context: More information is needed, especially in regards to a correction factor against the serum albumin in hypocalcemia. Ionized calcium is a good measure too, but again, context is necessary. Please see your doctor to help you with clinical context of laboratory values, because the values are not really significant until they are applied to your clinical situation. ...Read more
What's the difference between low ionized calcium and low calcium? Which one is the true measure of hypocalcemia?
Both: If you can measure (rarely done), calculate (complicated formula) or estimate (calcium minus albumin), you will get the ionized calcium. About half of the calcium in the blood is ionized and this is the active form. In real-life, this means that a lot of sick people with low albumin also have low total calcium but needn't worry as the physiologic ionized calcium is what's regulated. ...Read more
Why do I have critically low calcium (1.3) magnesium (below assay range) and and phosphorus (0.1) out of no where, and what should I do?
Needs immediate att: Needs immediate attention. Check with your PCP to make sure everything is ok and immediately repeat the test to be sure test results are ok and it is not lab error. There are several causes that need to be investigated if there is no lab error ...Read more
Just took my child to the doctor who diagnosed low calcium. What is that? I need to tell the teacher.
Hypocalcemia.: Hypocalcemia is low serum calcium (less than 9 mg/dl). This can have many causes, like hypoparathyroidism, and renal failure. This usually has symptoms (muscle spasms) and abnormal readings like high phosphate. In children, it is likely from vitamin d dependent ricketts type I or ii. Intesinal malabsorptoin can also cause it. Treatment is Calcium Chloride or gluconate, and Calcitriol (vit d). ...Read more
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
Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more