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Question: high calcium


 slit throat - Sat Sep 29, 2007 11:18 pm

I am 51 year old female.

I was diagnosed with high calcium and high vitamin D. I recently had surgery to remove one parathyroid which had a tumor on it and was told this should eliminate the high calcium levels. Subsequent blood test show that I still have high calcium levels. The doctors cannot explain why. I have been told to continue monitoring my calcium levels every six months. I have be advised that high calcium will affect my other organs but have not been told what happens when it starts affecting my other organs.

There is no history of high calcium in my family. I currently have high blood pressure (8mg of Attacand) and high cholesterol (40mg Lipator). I aso take 1 asprin (cartia) daily

What other reasons can be causing my high calcium
 Debbie Miller, RN - Thu Oct 04, 2007 5:37 pm

User avatar I'm sure you know that calcium is one of many electrolytes your body needs to function properly. All cells in the body require the proper firing of electrical impulses and the body tries to keep everything in balance through the endocrine system, of which the parathyroid is a member.

Hopefully the levels will continue to normalize over time. Continued high levels can affect many different body systems and we couldn't guess which ones might be affected in your case. It can affect your GI system, causing loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting or constipation; your kidneys causing flank pain, stones, dehydration and increased urination; your mental status, causing headache, confusion, depression, lethargy; your musculoskeletal system causing muscle/joint pain and weakness, etc.

Our best wishes to you for a full and speedy recovery. I am glad you are under a doctor's care.

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