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Low Calcium Diet For Hypercalcemia
Urinalysis shows calcium oxilate stones. I maintain a low calcium diet but I am still forming them by the dozens. Is there something else I can do?
Calcium renal stones: If you are constantly forming kidney stones (ks), you need to have 24 hour urine collection for calcium, uric acid and phosphate. If you have high levels of calcium (c) in your urine in 24 hours, you may need to be on hctz (hydrochlorothiazide) therapy to reduce your urine c. If you have high levels of parathyroid hormone, you may also have an increased incidence of ks and need treatment. See a urologist for an answer. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Those who do not receive enough calcium over a long period of time can develop calcium deficiency. This condition leads to osteoporosis, loss of the jaw bone (osteonecrosis), hypertension, and other disorders. Persons with lactose intolerance have trouble digesting lactose, the sugar in milk. There are over-the-counter products available that make it easier to digest lactose. You can also buy lactose-free milk at most grocery stores. In rare instances, some people have a true allergy to the protein in milk. Such persons must avoid all dairy products and may need ...Read more
How do I know if it is osteoarthritis, achondroplasia, osteoporosis, hypocalcemia, hyperthyroidism, or hypercalcemia?
Needs more work-up: Low blood calcium level with elevated PTH (parathyroid hormone) result from a variety of conditions, ranging from simple low calcium or vitamin d intake (rare in us) to poor absorption thereof from intestine caused by malfunction of liver, pancreas, or kidneys. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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: There are many causes for low calcium so you need to talk to the doctor who ordered the lab that showed the low calcium to complete the workup and find out the cause. The most common cause is low parathyroid hormone: either by destruction of the parathyroid glands due to past surgery or failure of the glands to form during fetal development. Sometimes you can get antibodies against the parathyroid. ...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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more
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
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