Your body needs calcium so that you can use your muscles. Calcium also keeps your bones and teeth strong and your heart healthy.
Hypercalcemia means you have too much calcium in your blood. Your blood calcium level may get too high due to:
When you were in the hospital, you were given fluids through an IV and drugs to help lower the calcium level in your blood. If you have cancer, you may have had treatment for that, as well. If your hypercalcemia is caused by a gland problem, you may have had surgery to remove that gland.
After you go home, follow your doctor's instructions about making sure your calcium levels do not get high again.
You may need to drink a lot of liquids.
Do not cut back on how much salt you eat.
Your doctor may ask you to limit foods with a lot of calcium, or not to eat them at all for a while.
To further keep your calcium levels from getting high again:
You will probably need to get blood tests after you go home.
Keep any follow-up appointments you make with your doctor.
Call your doctor if you have any of these symptoms:
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Updated by: Todd Gersten, MD, Hematology/Oncology, Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute, Wellington, FL. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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