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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?

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 more

Dr. Patricia Foster
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Low Calcium Diet (Definition)

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


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How does a low iodine diet cause low calcium?

How does a low iodine diet cause low calcium?

???: Who told you it does??? It doesn't.
Look elsewhere for a cause of low blood calcium (e.g., hypoparathyroidism). ...Read more

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What to do if I have found with low calcium level?

What to do if I have found with low calcium level?

Depends on severity: How low is the calcium? Are there symptoms, like tingling around the mouth, muscular twitching? Low Ca can be caused by many things, but it is also important to know what the blood protein/albumin levels are since they affect the interpretation of low Ca. ...Read more

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Can a patient with high pth have low calcium?

Can a patient with high pth have low calcium?

High PTH low ca: Yes. The normal physiology has the PTH rise as the calcium is lowered. The next question is why is the calcium low? Diet? Medication? Is this being compounded by vitamin D defficiency? ...Read more

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What's going on if I have low calcium but elevated pth levels?

What's going on if I have low calcium but elevated pth levels?

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 more

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Docs can you explain what is a food with high protein but low calcium?

Docs can you explain what is a food with high protein but low calcium?

Beans, Beans: Beans (black, brown, green, lentils) are high in protein, super low in sodium, moderate/high in fiber and water. They are a healthy source of calories though not quick release (good for diabetic patients) and not high in calcium either. Good luck. ...Read more

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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

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I am a basket case. My son has low calcium. Can you tell me something about it?

I am a basket case. My son has low calcium. Can you tell me something about it?

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

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My dr told me I have low calcium count its 12 what causes it to be low and is this normal?

My dr told me I have low calcium count its 12 what causes it to be low and is this normal?

High: A calcium of 12 is high, not low. Not sure who told you it's low. If you have questions about your labs, best person to talk to is the physician who ordered the labs. ...Read more

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What does low calcium and low creatinine mean?

What does low calcium and low creatinine mean?

Could mean: Low calcium- low absorption, low vitamin d, low Albumin levels, malnutrition. Low creatinine- decreased muscle mass. ...Read more

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What are the results of low calcium levels in the ages 80 - 85 years old?

What are the results of low calcium levels in the ages 80 - 85 years old?

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

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What will happen if I have low calcium levels in blood?

What will happen if I have low calcium levels in blood?

Dangerous: If blood calcium gets low enough, your heart won't work properly. You can get seizures also. Many people with low calcium get muscle spasms and tingling in hands and feet. ...Read more

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What are the effects of having a low calcium blood level?

What are the effects of having a low calcium blood level?

Low calcium: 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

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What is the true measure of hypocalcemia? Low ionized calcium, or low calcium? Thank you.

What is the true measure of hypocalcemia? Low ionized calcium, or low calcium? Thank you.

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

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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

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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?

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

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Is there is a delay in conceiving because of low calcium?

Need evaluation: Hypocalcemia or low calcium level can be dangerous especially if very low (seizures, heart rhythm problem) so I encourage that you get evaluated before any attempt to become pregnant. Good luck. ...Read more

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Just took my child to the doctor who diagnosed low calcium. What is that? I need to tell the teacher.

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

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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

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What triggers the INTACT PTH to become high? Is it the low calcium? Or what triggers having low ionized calcium, is it the high INTACT PTH?

What triggers the INTACT PTH to become high? Is it the low calcium? Or what triggers having low ionized calcium, is it the high INTACT PTH?

Several reasons: There are several triggers to high PTH, and you will need to see your doc for workup. Some things that can do this are of primary cause (happens on its own i.e. adenoma), low vitamin D levels, somewhat advanced chronic kidney disease, low calcium levels. As always, labs are just labs, but the clinical context is where the importance lies. Please follow up with your doc about this. ...Read more

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If one has low calcium level in blood, does this mean they will also have low vid d levels or the first problems is caused due to low vit d?

If one has low calcium level in blood, does this mean they will also have low vid d levels or the first problems is caused due to low vit d?

Look for cause: Calcium levels in the blood drop only late in vitamin d deficiency -- a majority of your neighbors are likely deficient yet low calcium is rare. Most often, it's due to relatively low Albumin (which binds calcium) and the effective / ionized calcium remains normal. Hypocalcemia that's symptomatic is impressive clinically -- you'll feel it. Hope a cause can be found if it's truly low. ...Read more

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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

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

As directed: This medicine is vitamin B12 and is not intended to benefit her osteoporosis, but to treat deficiency of the vitamin which is a different illness. The prescribing physician has discretion about how frequently to inject B12 in any case. ...Read more

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What can cause high platelets and low calcium in labs?

Myriad of things. Sx: There are a myriad of things that can cause low calcium & high platelets. W/o knowing ur symptoms & medical history, it's next to impossible to interpret these results. High platelets can be a "stress" reaction to illness/infection, or a bone marrow prob. Low calcium can b from vitamin D deficiency or low sun exposure (Nordic genes). The most common cause is lab error. TTYD to clarify the results ...Read more

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I have a low HGB, Low HCT, High Mono and Low calcium? What could this represent? I have Wegener’s Granulomatosis

I have a low HGB, Low HCT, High Mono and Low calcium? What could this represent? I have Wegener’s Granulomatosis

Anemia? Cause? Chemo: Anemia can be caused by blood loss or impaired production of red cells. Wegner's often requires treatment with a chemotherapy drug which can also be the cause of Anemia. Your treating doctor should be able to explain all this to you. Are you taking treatment for your Wegner's Gran.??? ...Read more

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Tingling lips and no thyroid....Is my calcium too low? What are the dangers of super low calcium?

Low calcium: Tingling or hypoesthesia of the fingers, nose, toes, and or lips is a sign of low calcium. This can also be accompanied by leg and loot cramps, especially at night. This can be temporary 10-30% of the time after total thyroidectomy and permanent 1-3% of the time. Can be treated with calcium, rocaltrol, (calcitriol) and or rarely Natpara. You should have labs drawn that examines calcium and related levels. ...Read more

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What does low calcium levels mean?

What does low calcium levels mean?

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

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What conditions can low calcium levels lead to?

What conditions can low calcium levels lead to?

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

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What causes low calcium in the blood?

What causes low calcium in the blood?

Low calcium: Not enough intake from food, problems with the parathyroid gland, vitamin d deficiency, not enough or too much magnesium etc... ...Read more

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What are the effects of very low calcium in elderly people? Will they get hurt easier?

What are the effects of very low calcium in elderly people? Will they get hurt easier?

Hypocalcemia: Low calcium affects everyone in similar fashion. Check out http://www. Clevelandclinicmeded. Com/medicalpubs/diseasemanagement/endocrinology/hypocalcemia/Default. Htm & https://www. Merckmanuals. Com/home/hormonal-and-metabolic-disorders/electrolyte-balance/hypocalcemia-low-level-of-calcium-in-the-blood. If you're asking about osteoporosis, check out http://goo. Gl/ITQ3aN. ...Read more

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I was told that I have low calcium level of 15 what is normal I am a 49 year old woman?

I was told that I have low calcium level of 15 what is normal I am a 49 year old woman?

Low calcium levels: I am not sure what you calcium (c) level of "15" means. Normal levels of c are between 8.4-10.4. Low c levels can be seen in patients in the late stages of chronic kidney disease (ckd) due to their kidneys not making the active form vitamin d needed to transport c from the intestine to the blood. At 49 you may have ckd. See either an endocrinologist or a nephrologist for the answer. ...Read more

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How alcoholism leads to low calcium?

Low calcium: alcohol will decrease the stomach's ability to absorb calcium. it will also interfere with the pancreas's ability to absorb vit d, which is necessary to absorb calcium. Alcohol affect the liver where vit d is activated. In alcohol is associated with poor diet, in females alcohol can interfere with estrogen which can increase bone loss. Alcohol can raise parathyroid hormone which raises calcium ...Read more

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My bloods show low calcium.... Is 2.17 mmol/l. - adjusted for albumin 2.24 mmol/l severely low or just low? Can that low level cause seizures etc?

Low limit of normal: Your calcium is at the lower limit of normal. At this level it not likley to cause any symptoms. You may wish to increase your intake of milk to ensure enough calcium and protein in your diet. See this site for more info.

http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/books/nbk250. ...Read more

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I have critically low calcium, but an over active hyperparathyroid making up for my lack of calcium. My vit D levels are normal. Should I be worried?

Yes: Hi. What you describe is called secondary hyperparathyroidism (2o-HPT), and is a physiologic response of the parathyroids to the threat (or presence) of low blood calcium. You need to find out WHY your calcium is low (with normal vit. D, it's usually a GI problem or a kidney problem). Treat the underlying problem. 2o-HPT pulls calcium out o your bones to keep it up in blood...bad for bone health. ...Read more

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Does an electrolyte test, test for calcium? I had an electrolyte test n it was normal. Been experiencing tremors lately & friend said might b low calcium

No: Standard electrolyte panel includes sodium, potassium, bicarbonate, (sodium bicarbonate) and chloride. You need to specifically request calcium. Should also check magnesium since low Mg can cause symptoms and is relatively common. If there is any suggestion of low calcium, the ionized calcium should be measured. If Mg is borderline, a trial of Mg replacement is safe and warranted. ...Read more

Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

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 (Definition)

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