Phoenix Rising: The Gift That Keeps on Giving All Year Long
This holiday season Jody Smith turns her eyes to the people of Phoenix Rising and gives thanks for you all ...
Discuss the article on the Forums.

Help me understand high blood calcium and vitamin D?

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS Discussion' started by NilaJones, Oct 28, 2014.

  1. NilaJones

    NilaJones Senior Member

    Messages:
    628
    Likes:
    330
    I was tested yesterday, and I have high blood calcium. The usual cause for that is parathyroid problems, but it can also come from taking to much vitamin D, and that may be my issue. Vit D was not tested -- I will try to get both tests, but that may take a while.

    I have been on an involuntary juice fast for two weeks, too nauseous for anything else, and am now quite sick. I think the lack of food is a factor,. And i think the high calcium may be the cause of the nausea.

    I have been taking 2g of calcium a day for about 6 months, because I get very painful leg cramps at night if I reduce the dose. (Also taking 1g of magnesium for balance, max bowel tolerance.) Stopped taking vit d in late summer, started again a month ago.

    My questions:

    - If I stop taking vit D but continue with calcium, will my blood calcium go down? I know vit D can persist in the body a long time.

    - Is there something else i can try for leg pain? Magnesium, zinc, copper, and iron all affect different types of leg pain for me, not this one. And I take them.

    - The pain the calcium helps with is what I think of as princess and the pea syndrome. The tiniest wrinkle in the sheet below my leg cause intense pain. It's bizarre. And it goes away with calcium. Does anyone else have this?

    Thanks so much for any insight you can offer, on any aspect of this.
     
    Gondwanaland likes this.
  2. knackers323

    knackers323 Senior Member

    Messages:
    1,270
    Likes:
    358
    I have tested with low vitamin D and borderline calcium. I am getting my parathyroid hormone tested. Will let you know.
     
    NilaJones likes this.
  3. halcyon

    halcyon Senior Member

    Messages:
    2,297
    Likes:
    5,377
    Have you tried to increase potassium intake for the leg pain? It's really odd to me that calcium helps with that. Is it like a deep bone pain or a shallow muscle pain?

    In theory lowering vitamin D intake could lower your blood calcium levels back down, but this is assuming your parathyroid hormone levels are responding normally. I would get your 25(OH)D (aka calcidiol) and 1,25(OH)2D (aka calcitriol) levels checked as well as parathyroid hormone (PTH) level.
     
  4. Gondwanaland

    Gondwanaland Senior Member

    Messages:
    4,566
    Likes:
    3,558
  5. NilaJones

    NilaJones Senior Member

    Messages:
    628
    Likes:
    330
    Yes, I tried potassium first, but it had no effect.

    The pain the calcium helps with is what I think of as princess and the pea syndrome. The tiniest wrinkle in the sheet below my leg cause intense pain. It's bizarre. And it goes away with calcium. Does anyone else have this?

    Thank you :).
     
  6. NilaJones

    NilaJones Senior Member

    Messages:
    628
    Likes:
    330
    Thanks, @Gondwanaland! I need to wake up a bit more before I dive into it, but the Weston Price article looks like it may be very good for explaining the biochemistry. I really need that :).

    Warning for others who might click -- the first link opens a LOUD youtube video. Don't click if people are sleeping nearby.
     
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2014

See more popular forum discussions.

Share This Page