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help! low calcium low magnesium elevated parathyroid

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  • Posted By: laurasfire1
  • January 21, 2010
  • 07:00 AM

I just don't know where to start researching the right thing to do. My husband went to the emergency room in October 09 for suspected pneumonia. Pneumonia was confirmed, but what got the doctors in the room in a hurry was my husbands calcium and magnesium levels were at critcal values.
That was a surprise to us, we had no idea. They admitted him and gave him IV calcium and magnesium for 2 days. My husband is only 36. He was visited by the only endo in the area and told to follow up in his office. Endo explained he wants to follow up with blood work every 4- 6 weeks. Endo told him to take 3 tums a day and a vitamin d pill and that his mag was in normal values now, but that his calcium is still at critical values. So after blood work the next time endo increased tums to 6 a day. To make a long story short, my husband is now taking 10 tums a day and his magnesium is low now as well and the doctor called in a magnesium suplement to take. His parathyroid is elevated as well. Has been since the hospital visit. I'm frustrated.
While hubby was in the hospital endo told him there could be many reasons for the problem and that if it continued he would do some bone scans to see if there was a metobolic bone problem going on. Saw the physicians assistant on last visit and she sent him for more blood work and said if calcium was still low she would get a scan of his neck if parathyroid was still high.
So I called for results and of course critcal values on calcium, mag is tanking again and parathyroid is elevated. I asked if the assitant was going to schedule a neck scan and was told no, take the increase in calcium and the new magnesium script. I got a little pissy on the phone and was transfered straight to the doctor who said that he would'nt reccomend a neck scan and that was a miscommunication on the part of the assistant and he would like for my hubby and I to come into his office on Tuesday next week for a sit down meeting. He want to explain how it all works. I feel like my husband is falling through the cracks between the assitant and the doctor and neither can remember what they said in the last visit for future treatment. Because of all the calcium my hubby is taking he is constipated.
He has suffered from muscle cramps in his legs for a very long time at night, sometimes he cant even sleep through them and has to get up and stretch. His primary gave him medicine for restless leg syndrome, but come to find out, these cramps are apperantly a side affect of the low levels of calcium.
He has always been on the thin side, but in the last 6 months he has gained almost 40 pounds and his eating habits have not changed, if anything he has a lack of appitite as he is so tired all the time. His legs swells really bad all day while he is at work that by the time he gets home he has terrible edema in his lower legs. I have told the doctors and they look at his legs but never think its bad at the time. Too bad they cant see his legs at 5pm when he get home. BTW his vitamin D levels have been normal from the begining.
So who can help me make since of all this and who has some personal experience with similar symptoms.
I apolagize for the long post, but there was a lot to go over. :o

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  • I just don't know where to start researching the right thing to do. My husband went to the emergency room in October 09 for suspected pneumonia. Pneumonia was confirmed, but what got the doctors in the room in a hurry was my husbands calcium and magnesium levels were at critcal values.That was a surprise to us, we had no idea. They admitted him and gave him IV calcium and magnesium for 2 days. My husband is only 36. He was visited by the only endo in the area and told to follow up in his office. Endo explained he wants to follow up with blood work every 4- 6 weeks. Endo told him to take 3 tums a day and a vitamin d pill and that his mag was in normal values now, but that his calcium is still at critical values. So after blood work the next time endo increased tums to 6 a day. To make a long story short, my husband is now taking 10 tums a day and his magnesium is low now as well and the doctor called in a magnesium suplement to take. His parathyroid is elevated as well. Has been since the hospital visit. I'm frustrated. While hubby was in the hospital endo told him there could be many reasons for the problem and that if it continued he would do some bone scans to see if there was a metobolic bone problem going on. Saw the physicians assistant on last visit and she sent him for more blood work and said if calcium was still low she would get a scan of his neck if parathyroid was still high. So I called for results and of course critcal values on calcium, mag is tanking again and parathyroid is elevated. I asked if the assitant was going to schedule a neck scan and was told no, take the increase in calcium and the new magnesium script. I got a little pissy on the phone and was transfered straight to the doctor who said that he would'nt reccomend a neck scan and that was a miscommunication on the part of the assistant and he would like for my hubby and I to come into his office on Tuesday next week for a sit down meeting. He want to explain how it all works. I feel like my husband is falling through the cracks between the assitant and the doctor and neither can remember what they said in the last visit for future treatment. Because of all the calcium my hubby is taking he is constipated. He has suffered from muscle cramps in his legs for a very long time at night, sometimes he cant even sleep through them and has to get up and stretch. His primary gave him medicine for restless leg syndrome, but come to find out, these cramps are apperantly a side affect of the low levels of calcium. He has always been on the thin side, but in the last 6 months he has gained almost 40 pounds and his eating habits have not changed, if anything he has a lack of appitite as he is so tired all the time. His legs swells really bad all day while he is at work that by the time he gets home he has terrible edema in his lower legs. I have told the doctors and they look at his legs but never think its bad at the time. Too bad they cant see his legs at 5pm when he get home. BTW his vitamin D levels have been normal from the begining. So who can help me make since of all this and who has some personal experience with similar symptoms.I apolagize for the long post, but there was a lot to go over. :o Hi Laurasfire, This was from a while back so I don't know if you are still checking the site. Do you know what test they are using to measure your husband's magnesium and calcium levels? Serum blood tests for magnesium are not very accurate since only 1% of the body's mangesium is stored in the blood. I recently had a test done called EXAtest which is a more accurate measure of the minerals in tissues. I have no affiliation with the company but got tested because of a lot of symptoms of magnesium deficiency. In looking at the EXAtest brochure concerning the minerals your husband is low in I came across the following information: Low Calcium - Deficiency of cellular calcium may be expressed with symptoms of peripheral numbness, brittle fingernails, fragile bones, cardiac palpitations, hypertension, insomnia, CNS irritability leg and muscle cramps, osteomalacia, osteoporosis, and periodontal disease. There is evidence that low tissue calcium contributes to PMS, and muscle flaccidty. Cardiomyopathic heart tissue appears to have diminished concentrations of calcium. True decrease in the physiologically active Ca++ occurs in many situations, including hypoparathyroidism, vitamin D deficiency, chronic renal failure, magnesium deficiency, prolonger anti-convulsant therapy, acute pancreatitis, massive transfusion, and alcoholism. For low magnesium it says: "Determination of low tissue magnesium using the EXAtest is vital to the objective treatment of depleted patients. Magnesium loss affects normal tissue and organ function while modulating transport of potassium, calcium, and phosphorus within tissues. Causative factors of Mg deficiency include diabested, use of duretics and digitalis, excessive stress, exercise, malabsorption, poor diet, alcoholism, and heavy metal poisoning. Low magnesium has been associated with EKG and cardiac abnormalities, fibrillation, vascular and muscle spasms. Correlations with migraine headaches, asthma, eclampsia, PMS, and chronic fatigue syndrome are abundant in the medical literature. Low mganesium is seen in cardiac failure and prolonged QT syndrome. Neurological disorders, panic attacks and nerve irritability have been associated with low tissue magnesium levels. I am not a health care professional of any kind and this is not meant to be medical advice, just passing on my experience and what I have read. Good Luck, Maxine
    MaxineW 2 Replies
    • February 24, 2010
    • 10:39 PM
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  • Hello frustrated wife,I'm sorry about your husband. This is what I recommend. Stop giving him tums! Giving him tums only decreases his stomach acid which he needs to digest his food. Tums are a very, very poor choice of a calcium supplement. I actually can't believe that a health care professional would tell your husband to take tums for the calcium benefit. You need to go to a health food or vitamin store and purchase a good quality calcium/magnesium supplement. Garden of Life is good. If he has never done any kind of internal cleanse before, I highly recommend that. Then have him do a candida/and or parasite cleanse. Having an overgrowth of yeast or parasites and cause a host of symptoms that mimic other diseases. This is why doctors will get so baffled with some patients and send them off making you feel like you are crazy because you know you have something going on, but the doctors cant' find it. Also, if your husband is not sleeping well because his restless legs, have him take Valarian Root, again, found at the vitamin store. I too, have restless legs, and this helps me get a restful nights sleep.Blessings, and hope he gets well soon.JoliverI just don't know where to start researching the right thing to do. My husband went to the emergency room in October 09 for suspected pneumonia. Pneumonia was confirmed, but what got the doctors in the room in a hurry was my husbands calcium and magnesium levels were at critcal values.That was a surprise to us, we had no idea. They admitted him and gave him IV calcium and magnesium for 2 days. My husband is only 36. He was visited by the only endo in the area and told to follow up in his office. Endo explained he wants to follow up with blood work every 4- 6 weeks. Endo told him to take 3 tums a day and a vitamin d pill and that his mag was in normal values now, but that his calcium is still at critical values. So after blood work the next time endo increased tums to 6 a day. To make a long story short, my husband is now taking 10 tums a day and his magnesium is low now as well and the doctor called in a magnesium suplement to take. His parathyroid is elevated as well. Has been since the hospital visit. I'm frustrated. While hubby was in the hospital endo told him there could be many reasons for the problem and that if it continued he would do some bone scans to see if there was a metobolic bone problem going on. Saw the physicians assistant on last visit and she sent him for more blood work and said if calcium was still low she would get a scan of his neck if parathyroid was still high. So I called for results and of course critcal values on calcium, mag is tanking again and parathyroid is elevated. I asked if the assitant was going to schedule a neck scan and was told no, take the increase in calcium and the new magnesium script. I got a little pissy on the phone and was transfered straight to the doctor who said that he would'nt reccomend a neck scan and that was a miscommunication on the part of the assistant and he would like for my hubby and I to come into his office on Tuesday next week for a sit down meeting. He want to explain how it all works. I feel like my husband is falling through the cracks between the assitant and the doctor and neither can remember what they said in the last visit for future treatment. Because of all the calcium my hubby is taking he is constipated. He has suffered from muscle cramps in his legs for a very long time at night, sometimes he cant even sleep through them and has to get up and stretch. His primary gave him medicine for restless leg syndrome, but come to find out, these cramps are apperantly a side affect of the low levels of calcium. He has always been on the thin side, but in the last 6 months he has gained almost 40 pounds and his eating habits have not changed, if anything he has a lack of appitite as he is so tired all the time. His legs swells really bad all day while he is at work that by the time he gets home he has terrible edema in his lower legs. I have told the doctors and they look at his legs but never think its bad at the time. Too bad they cant see his legs at 5pm when he get home. BTW his vitamin D levels have been normal from the begining. So who can help me make since of all this and who has some personal experience with similar symptoms.I apolagize for the long post, but there was a lot to go over. :o
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