Hello, od7ted3, my name isXXXXX am a Registered Nurse (BSN) with 24 years experience in Med/Surg, ICU, Neurosurgery and Behavioral Health and I would be happy to help you find some answers.
All the symptoms you have described are symptoms of hypercalcemia. Her last test was on March 6, 2010. It has been approximately 3 weeks since the doctor raised her calcium dose.
It is difficult to overdose on calcium but I would not take that chance since her levels have been high before.
I would call the prescriber today. Tell them of your wife's symptoms and that you think her calcium level maybe too high.
In the meantime, if she is dizzy and weak, make sure that when she changes position that she does it slowly for example from a sitting position to a standing position she should not move away from the chair until she feels it it safe to do so. If possible, someone should be with her to maintain her safety to make sure she does not injure herself.
What calcium is not used by the bones is removed by urination and defecation. Make sure she drinks plenty of water, that her bowel habits have not changed. If she is constipated, increase the fiber in her diet as well. I would also check to make sure she is not eating or drinking foods that are high in calcium unless the doctor is aware of how much nutritional calcium she ingests daily.
I would also let her doctor know that you want another calcium level drawn asap and for further suggestions on how to manage her symptoms. The doctor may do an electrocardiogram as a high level of calcium may affect her heart rhythm. She should not take her calcium supplements at least 8-12 hours before the test.
You may want to get a second opinion. This is not an unusual practice and your doctor will not mind.
I hope that your wife's smile returns and remains there!
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Edited by Devra K on 4/1/2010 at 5:22 PM EST