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Just Diagnoised with Hypocalcemia, and have some weird symptoms going on right now, what should I do?

I got stressed, and now have really bad leg cramps, left side of neck hurts, head is just spinning, but really hate hospitals. I have been scarred and burned by doctors before, and I am stumped. Took a asprin, just in case, but what else should I do for these symptoms, are they hypocalcemia related?

Symptoms could be a lot of things...some are dangerous to delay treatment for. On the other hand, hypocalcemia can cause muscle cramps...for that you'll need to take a calcium supplement (at least)! See your Doctor...please! Remember that the heart is a muscle, too! kjl  (+ info)

I have post thyroidectomy hypocalcemia. How long before my parathyroid glands come back to life?

That is, if they aren't already completely gone (I understand it's a possibility). I also don't seem to be absorbing the calcium they are giving me, even though I'm on calcitrol, magnesium and a vitamin d supplement. What are other ways I can help myself heal?

How long has it been?  (+ info)

Whenever i get very angry or mentaly stressed i get into hypocalcemia seizure what can i do to stop it?

Hi i need help whenever i am extremely angry depressed or just stressed out i get seizures tremors jitteriness i cannot control my limbs and depending on my mental state the seizures are less or more strong what can i do to prevent this

Higher stress levels affect both the mental and physical health of a person. Deep breathing is a simple relaxation technique which can be used to effectively lower stress levels at any time.There are many deep breathing relaxation techniques which when followed will make you feel relaxed.More details and remedies at http://deeplyrelax.com  (+ info)

What causes hypocalcemia in acute pancreatitis?

Acute pancreatitis is sometimes associated with tetany and hypocalcemia. It is caused primarily by precipitation of calcium soaps in the abdominal cavity, but glucagon-stimulated calcitonin release and decreased PTH secretion may play a role. When the pancreas is damaged, free fatty acids are generated by the action of pancreatic lipase. Insoluble calcium salts are present in the pancreas, and the free fatty acids avidly chelate the salts, resulting in calcium deposition in the retroperitoneum. In addition, hypoalbuminemia may be a part of the clinical picture, resulting in a reduction in total serum calcium. In patients with concomitant alcohol abuse, a poor nutritional intake of calcium and vitamin D, as well as accompanying hypomagnesemia, may predispose those with pancreatitis to hypocalcemia.  (+ info)

Why is there hypocalcemia in acute pancreatitis?


Hypoglycemia is a medical term referring to a pathologic state produced by a lower than normal amount of sugar (glucose) in the blood. The term hypoglycemia literally means "under-sweet blood" (Gr.hypo-, glykys, haima). Hypoglycemia can produce a variety of symptoms and effects but the principal problems arise from an inadequate supply of glucose as fuel to the brain, resulting in impairment of function (neuroglycopenia). Derangements of function can range from vaguely "feeling bad" to coma, and (rarely) permanent brain damage or death. Hypoglycemia can arise from many causes and can occur at any age. The most common forms of moderate and severe hypoglycemia occur as a complication of treatment of diabetes mellitus with insulin or oral medications.

Basically Low Blood sugar levels..


Acute pancreatitis is rapidly-onset inflammation of the pancreas. Depending on its severity, it can have severe complications and high mortality despite treatment. While mild cases are often successfully treated with conservative measures or laparoscopy, severe cases require invasive surgery (often more than one intervention) to contain the disease process.  (+ info)

what are the causes of hypocalcemia and its rationale?

pls. help me... thank you

lack of calcium  (+ info)

I think I may have Hypocalcemia?

Im not really sure but my legs and hands are twitching and spasming out of control and my feet start to tingle and burn i just recently went running and both my ankles are killing whenever i run. i can't put any pressure on them when im running i don't know if that has anything to do with whatever is going on in my body. Help please.

Do you have a medical history that would point to hypocalcemia? The tingling in your feet is a symptom. I would call your doctor, if left without treatment hypocalcemia can have very negative effects on your body. Good luck!  (+ info)

What are signs of hypocalcemia?

Today I ran a fourth of a mile and after that my head was pounding for about two hours and i felt like killing myself! Ahhh and I had pains in my neck, i was dizzy, tired, and Iam just curious!?. I hate milk and I drink it like once a month and barely ever have dairy should i be scared?!

i dont think you should be worrying unless you have had your menopause.calcium level of the female body drops drastically after that and calcium suppements are necessary.
i havent been drinking milk for the last 3-4 years.i really dont like it.but i dont have hypoglycemia.
there are so many other sources of calcium as well though the best source is milk.you could try cheese if you like.
have loads of green vegies and other sources of vitamin D.
give your skin exposure to early morning sunshine.
all this will boost the calcium level in your blood.
and heavy exercise all of a sudden almost always causes body ache.
you dont need to worry about that..!
regular exercise makes your body get used to it.
then it dosent feel so uneasy.  (+ info)

what are the signs and symptoma of hypocalcemia?

Hypocalcemia is an abnormally low level of calcium in the blood. It may be caused by low levels of parathyroid hormone (hypoparathyroidism). Other causes of hypocalcemia include vitamin D deficiency, kidney failure, acute pancreatitis, or insufficient magnesium and protein in the blood.

Symptoms often do not occur with mild hypocalcemia. As hypocalcemia becomes more severe, the following symptoms may develop:

Abnormal heart rhythms
Muscle cramps, muscle twitching, or seizures
Inability to detect touch accompanied by burning, pricking, tickling, or tingling sensation (paresthesia) of the hands, feet, lips, and tongue
Hypocalcemia is treated by determining and treating the cause of the low blood calcium. Oral or intravenous calcium is given to restore the blood level to normal.  (+ info)

My recent bloodwork showed that I had hypocalcemia and a lymphopenia.....?

I'm currently waiting for more blood results but was wondering if anyone has had these two weird things or if there are any suggestions as to what could be causing them??? My doc thinks it may be something to do with my parathyroid but all the lit I've read doesn't make sense! I had blood work run initially because I have had 3 episodes of terrible muscle and joint pain (similar to flu symptom) with an elevated temp. These episodes have happened in a period of 2 years since I moved to the tropics in Australia (from the US) and they usually last for about 3 days. There are no other malaise symptoms along with the muscle cramps and joint pain. Any info would be fabulous! thanks!
thanks for that! I'll keep you posted re the blood results. Should know something in a few days. She requested another ca+ level and she also requested cd4/cd8 flow cytometry (have you heard of that test before?) along with the parathyroid hormone test. Can calcium levels fluctuate like that to cause the muscle pains? Oh and I noticed that flare ups occurred when my body/mind were undergoing high stress. Initially I thought I contracted one of the tropics viruses (like ross river or dengue). Thanks for the input! I appreciate it!

These aren't so weird. Hypocalcemia is a deficiency of serum calcium, the calcium in circulating blood. It could account for the muscle pain. Lymphocytopenia is a decreased number of lymphocytes, a white cell that makes up about 25% (15% to 40%) of our total white count. A deficiency is associated with nutritional deficiency, malignancy, infection and mono to name a few.

Now, the parathyroids secrete a hormone that regulates the concentration of calcium in the blood amd also ensures normal neuromuscular irritability. Acute parathyroid malfunction (hypoparathyroidsim) results in tetany (cramps, twitching and severe muscle spasms) and you're not having that so yours, if you have it, may be mild at this point. This condition can also be asymptomatic.

It could still be a parathyroid issue and your doctor may have ordered a serum phosphate (phosporus) along with the calcium. In hypoparathyroidism, decreased calcium will be accompanied by increased phosphate. Was a urine calcium also done? How about a CT? I'm trying not to zero in on any one thing just yet. I feel that the additional labs you're waiting for will be helpful. Is there any way I can follow this?  (+ info)

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