How much calcium is safe?

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KH18
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   Posted 3/23/2008 7:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Im trying calcium for the 2nd time too see if it helps me at all, they are 500mg tablets and wondering how much a day is safe to take.  Im very anal when it comes to over-dosing or taking too much that may be harmful in the future.
 
Thanks in advance.
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Sarita
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   Posted 3/23/2008 10:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi KH,
I would try to keep your dosage to 2,000 mg or less per day. The daily recommended intake is about 1,000 mg per day; more than 4,000 mg can cause problems, including renal problems, so you should keep it to less than half of that. Still, you should talk to your doctor about how much calcium you are taking. Keep us posted on your progress!
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Keriamon
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   Posted 3/24/2008 9:34 AM (GMT -7)   
I have read that you shouldn't do more than 1600 or 1800mg a day long term, so I limit myself to two pills of 600 each and let my diet and a small amount of calcium in my multivitamin make up the rest.

How much you're supposed to have (or what's considered too much) may be dependent on your sex and age, with older, post-menopasal women probably needing more.

But if you drink calcium-fortified orange juice, consume a lot of dairy, or even eat calcium-fortified breakfast cereals or granola bars, you need to factor them into your daily intake and make sure that they, along with your supplements, aren't greatly exceeding your recommended daily allowance.

lnape
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   Posted 3/24/2008 5:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Please check to make sure you are using calcium carbonate with vitamin D only. No measurable magnesium to start with.

Linda
Suffered Urgent Diarrhea Attacks After Having Gall Bladder Removed in 1976. This is now controlled by taking Calcium Carbonate.


KH18
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   Posted 3/25/2008 9:07 AM (GMT -7)   
I think ill just limit myself to 2 a day, for 1000mg a day through the supplement.

I think its a calcium carbonate, its the first thing thats on the ingredient list.
"Calcium Carbonate , Maltodextrin , Mineral Oil , Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose , Glycerin , Vitamin D3 - Cholecalciferol , Polyethylene Glycol , Carnauba Wax" to be exact for the list

Its "Nature made - calcium 500mg supplement with vitamin d"

Also something ive noticed is that it makes my stools green, is that common?

thanks in advance.

lnape
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   Posted 3/25/2008 12:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't think anything there could be making them green. If you have Bile salts problem from having a bad gall bladder or having it removed you usually get yellowish color from that.

Linda
Suffered Urgent Diarrhea Attacks After Having Gall Bladder Removed in 1976. This is now controlled by taking Calcium Carbonate.


KH18
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   Posted 3/25/2008 2:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I still have my gall bladder, i have IBS-D and take calcium for 'bulk'.

Keriamon
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   Posted 3/26/2008 9:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Calcuim has never colored my stools before.  As Inape pointed out, bile can cause yellow or green stools, and you have a problem with bile either with or without a functioning gall bladder (just because yours is still in doesn't mean it's functioning!). 
 
But have your stools been green before?  Do they burn?  If yes to either, this may indicate the source of your D.  If not, then look at your diet.  Loose stools are easily colored by what we eat.  Have you been eating spinach or other leafy greens?  Peas?  Drinking Kool-Aid or colas or ice pops with green dye in them?  Eating pistachios (no joke, pistachio ice cream will turn my stools green)? 
 
If you can't find a food reason for this sudden color-change in your stools, you might try stopping the calcium to see if they go back to a normal color.  That they color your stools doesn't mean that they're harmful to you, but most people do like to pinpoint what's making them abnormal.  Pepto Bismol will color people's stools black; it's not harmful, but it's one of those things you want to know about and understand, even as you can safely ignore it.   

KH18
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   Posted 3/26/2008 6:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I havent eaten anything green or green based, i have been drinking blue gatorade, but i drink gatorade all the time so i dont think that would be it. Ill stop taking the calcuim for a day or 2 to see if its the cause.

Also, what are some signs of a bad gull bladder other than discolered stools. I usually dont have discolored stools unless im running a fever or take kaopectic.

Thanks in advance

lnape
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   Posted 3/26/2008 6:57 PM (GMT -7)   
blue gatorade will give you green stools.

pain in the center of the stomach around the belly button and off to the right side. nausea yellish stools and mucus and bloating diarrhea and pain around the shoulder blade in the back right side.

Linda
Suffered Urgent Diarrhea Attacks After Having Gall Bladder Removed in 1976. This is now controlled by taking Calcium Carbonate.


KH18
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   Posted 3/26/2008 7:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I know that having a gall bladder removed can cause IBS but can it also do the opposite and 'cure' it?

or can it be that i dont have IBS at all and just a bad gall bladder? i should make a dr appointment this week to talk to her about this if its something that has helped others.

and it may not mean anything, but im just 18 years old and just seems weird to have organs disfunctioning as a teen. I may have had a test for a bad gall bladder and just not known it, a lot of tests i had were when i was 16 and just started getting IBS symptoms and was kept out of the loop of what the tests were for and such for the sake of my dr and dad didnt want me to worry and such.

Post Edited (KH18) : 3/26/2008 8:45:13 PM (GMT-6)


lnape
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   Posted 3/27/2008 5:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Are you saying that you have the symptoms for a bad gall bladder. The calcium carbonate can still help with diarrhea.

Linda
Suffered Urgent Diarrhea Attacks After Having Gall Bladder Removed in 1976. This is now controlled by taking Calcium Carbonate.


Keriamon
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   Posted 3/27/2008 9:10 AM (GMT -7)   
If you think you might be having problems with your gall bladder, look at the list of sympoms and descriptions of attacks that I wrote out:

http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=26&m=407770

KH18
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   Posted 4/6/2008 1:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Im back to give an update and ask for more suggestions, i found out that i dont have a bad gall bladder, but what I have found out that my IBS-D symptoms are more linked to stressful/nervous situations more than anything.

The biggest issue for me is getting out of the house. I can go weeks without leaving the house because car rides is the worst for me. I want to know if anyone here has had success with any medications or vitamins (over-the-counter or prescription) that have worked for stressful/nervouse situations or even what works well for car rides.

I use to explain my ibs as the feeling you get when you drink too much coffee, but i recently realized that if im just around the house all day, my health seems to be pretty average, but the moment i go for a walk or attempt to get in the car even for a short trip, i may take 5-15 trips to the bathroom.

Thanks in advance.

lnape
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   Posted 4/6/2008 3:43 PM (GMT -7)   
KH18,

The whole thing becomes a vicious circle. Eating having diarrhea being afraid to leave the house for fear of not getting to a bathroom in time because of the urgency you have. It just propels itself into a circle of fear day after day.

If you can stop the diarrhea and see you can go out and eat and not get sick then things seem to fall into place after some time. It does take a while to get over the fear but you can. First you control the Diarrhea then you start to make short trips and see you can do it safely the then it gets better.

Do not take multi vitamins they may make you worse. Calcium carbonate 600 mg with vitamin D only is the best place to start one with each meal and see how you do. Do not add anything else. You can take immodium if you get diarrhea to help but only if you get it.

Linda
Suffered Urgent Diarrhea Attacks After Having Gall Bladder Removed in 1976. This is now controlled by taking Calcium Carbonate.

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