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Symptoms of Hypercalcemia

Article Written By Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

What is Hypercalcemia?

Hypercalcemia is a result of large amounts of calcium levels in the body although other causes may trigger or contribute to the disease.  

It's vital to note that in the event of mild hypercalcemia there may be no symptoms present.

If the condition is advanced the following symptoms hypercalcemia may include:

nausea, vomiting, constipation, abdominal pain

fatigue, lethargy, muscle weakness, muscle and joint pain and aches

irregular heart beat (keep in mind that the heart is the largest muscle in the body)

excessive thirst, loss of appetite

frequent urination


Hypercalcemia may also lead to formation of kidney stones.

It is a serious disorder which requires immediate medical attention. If calcium levels increase, coma and death may ensue.

Therefore, if you are having any of the symptoms above, even the more mild symptoms, you should meet with your doctor for consultation and diagnosis.

Other Causes, Triggers & Contributors of Hypercalcemia

Hypercalcemia may also be the secondary result of an advanced malignancy in the body.

Any of the following may be contributors or triggers of the issue:

overactive parathyroid glands

certain types of cancer

the condition may be made known as a response to another disease

as a response to certain medications

as a result of calcium supplements

or as a result of dehydration

Keep in mind that calcium is one of the three electrolytes which keep the body fluids in balance. The other two are potassium and sodium. When the electrolytes become imbalanced, the body reacts - at times very quickly to let us know that there is an internal issue.

Possible Complications of Hypercalcemia

Osteoporosis, kidney stones as mentioned above, kidney failure, arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm), and issues with the nervous system.

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