how much calcuim?

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MEGaFlyer
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   Posted 6/18/2012 1:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm going to try the malic acid & magnesium, but was wondering how much calcuim I should take.  I am going to start off w/ just 1 pill of the malic acid & magnesium, then 2 the next day, like Sherrine (sp?) suggests in fibro 101.  Thanks!!!
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   Posted 6/18/2012 2:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Meg, I take Citracal...calcium citrate + D3. They are the petite size which makes it easier to swallow. So many of the calcium pills are huge. I take 2 of the 400mg tabs a day. They also contain 500 IU's of D3. I also take a 1000 mg of Nature made D3 daily. My D3 has been low in the past and at onr time had to take presciption D3 to get it back into the normal range.
Many fibromites test low for D3 and that can cause additional pain.

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   Posted 6/18/2012 2:35 PM (GMT -7)   
The key is getting your blood calcium levels checked first by your Dr. as it can be dangerous to have high levels.

I am definitely someone who thinks that supplements can be a huge factor in helping people but it needs to be discussed with a Dr. first regardless of what type of supplement.

Not only can we overload our system with them if they aren't warranted...but they can also interfere with other prescribed medication.

So...just wanted to make sure that people talk with their Dr. first to be safe:)
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   Posted 6/18/2012 8:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I went to my Dr. this week complaining about severe muscle cramps. Every limb and fingers were in spasms. My thumbs would drawl under my palm of my hand. Very spastic. I found out the cause. Too much calcium. As soon as I back off of the calcium my spastic muscles went away. My calcium was normal on the blood draw, but it still can cause these symptoms he said. It very important do know your blood levels on the vitamins. I had a kidney stone before from too much vitamin D.

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   Posted 6/19/2012 5:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I take two 650 mg. with D3 two times a day.  I have osteoporosis though.  You most likely can take one supplement a day.  Ask your doctor or pharmacist first to make sure it won't interact with anything else you are taking.  I know I just don't eat many foods with calcium in them so I've been taking this for years. 
 
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   Posted 6/19/2012 9:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Ak Angel, that is exactly why I check with my doc before taking ANY supplements. Everyone should check with their doctor first. Overdosing on vitamins and/or minerals is as dangerous as not getting enough. Too many people don't realize this.

http://chemo.net/newpage35.htm This page lists some vitamins and why too much of them is bad.
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