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Old 09-06-2013, 12:09 PM   #1
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FINALLY - Cholesterol is GOOD!!

...however, Calcium level is high. Thoughts, please? I will be getting blood work done next week to check into it further, but until then, I'd like my JBs's input. Thanks!
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Old 09-06-2013, 12:33 PM   #2
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Do you take a calcium supplement? Mine's on the low side, even with supplementing, so I'm not sure what would cause it to be high.

This is from the Mayo Clinic website:

Causes
By Mayo Clinic staff





Illustration showing parathyroid glands Parathyroid glands



Causes of hypercalcemia include:
Overactivity of parathyroid glands. The primary cause of hypercalcemia is overactivity in one or more of your four parathyroid glands (primary hyperparathyroidism), which lie behind your thyroid gland in your neck.
Cancer. Certain types of cancer, particularly lung cancer and breast cancer, as well as some cancers of the blood, such as multiple myeloma, increase your risk of hypercalcemia. Some cancerous (malignant) tumors produce a protein that acts like parathyroid hormone, stimulating the release of calcium from your bones into your blood. This is considered a paraneoplastic syndrome, your body's response to the presence of cancer or a substance the cancer produces. Spread of cancer (metastasis) to your bones also increases your risk of hypercalcemia.
Other diseases. Some diseases that produce areas of inflammation due to tissue injury (granulomas) may raise blood levels of vitamin D (calcitriol). Granulomatous diseases include tuberculosis, an infectious lung disease, and sarcoidosis, an inflammatory disease that usually begins in your lungs. Elevated levels of calcitriol stimulate your digestive tract to absorb more calcium, which raises the level of calcium in your blood. Also, a rare genetic disorder known as familial hypocalciuric hypercalcemia causes an increase of calcium in your blood because of faulty calcium receptors in your body.
Disease effects. People with cancer or other diseases that cause them to spend a great deal of time sitting or lying down may develop hypercalcemia. Over time, bones that don't bear weight release calcium into the blood.
Medications. Certain drugs — such as lithium, which is used to treat bipolar disorder — may increase the release of parathyroid hormone and cause hypercalcemia. Thiazide diuretics can cause elevated calcium levels in your blood by decreasing the amount of calcium you excrete in your urine.
Supplements. Eating or drinking too much calcium or vitamin D supplements over time can raise calcium levels in your blood above normal.
Dehydration. A common cause of mild or transient hypercalcemia is dehydration, because when there is less fluid in your blood, calcium concentrations rise.
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Old 09-06-2013, 01:03 PM   #3
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Great on the cholesterol improvements! I have nothing to offer on the calcium, but will be hoping for good results on your test next week!
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Old 09-06-2013, 01:52 PM   #4
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I'm hoping I'm just dehydrated (see the last sentence in Dawn's info) -- I don't like plain water, so my beverages of choice may not fit into the "hydration" process. I'll let y'all know about the results -- and thanks, Dawn & Carol!
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Old 09-06-2013, 03:16 PM   #5
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there are different reasons the calcium can be high, but make them GET ON IT and deal with it, whatever it is. it can be a parathyroid tumor, for one thing. they had a very hard time figuring out why mine was high, and while it was it did significant kidney damage. that doesn't go away when the calcium thing is fixed either. good luck *hug
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Old 09-10-2013, 04:04 PM   #6
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UPDATE: Thyroid tests are apparently OK; now I get to do a 24-hour urine collection (since the calcium level was still high on the 2nd round of bloodwork). I'm trying to figure out how to come to work and blend in with my big red gallon jug!!! I guess I'll just put it in a tote bag and carry on!! I guess I really don't "go" that often during the day, which ultimately might be the issue!! I'm still holding out for the dehydration...

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Old 09-10-2013, 04:59 PM   #7
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Do you take higher than normal levels of D3? This just occurred to me because my D was a little low and I was told by some helpful fellow thyroid patients to increase my D3. One of the issues with taking too much, though, is increased Calcium in both the blood and the urine.
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Old 09-10-2013, 08:16 PM   #8
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The only extra calcium I take is along with Vitamin D... and I've been quite lax in taking it for the last month or so... I guess I'll find out what's going on after I fill my gallon jug!! My next question is, do I worry about JUDDDing tomorrow on a DD while filling the jug, or switch more to a mid day? DDs I tend to drink more than I do UDs, and if dehydration is my issue (fingers crossed!!), then that might be a better thing... but I don't want to alter the results by not being realistic... I don't know. ***sigh***
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Old 09-12-2013, 03:44 PM   #9
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OK -- all's good. I have a benign, inherited condition known as "Familial hypocalciuric hypercalcemia", which is only found when blood work has a high result, and urine has a low result. Then BAM -- FHH! Simplifying, but there's lots of info online but nothing that's short, sweet & to the point. And there's a lot of "don't pay any attention to your doctor if he says..." I'm sorry, but I'll accept this!! Beats some of the other possibilities that I've worried about since September 6th!!

And my rotation is all skewed -- decided to eat a mid/up day yesterday for my 'collection', and today's not going too good, and tomorrow we're going to visit my Dad for the weekend and he likes "Olive Garden"... well, I'll get back on plan next week.



Thanks for being there, JBs!!
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That's great news Laceylady! I'm so glad it's nothing to worry about!
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Great news on both counts! Now go enjoy yourself this weekend!
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Glad you got the all clear! Have a good weekend JUDDD will be here on Monday.
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Old 09-12-2013, 07:45 PM   #13
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Thanks so much, JBs!! See you Monday!
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Old 09-15-2013, 02:25 PM   #15
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So pleased that it is not a problem. Great news about the cholesterol too.

Hope you had a great weekend.
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