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Bloodwork shows very low calcium and low protein .... I eat

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Bloodwork shows very low calcium and low protein .... I eat cheese, yogurt and milk daily and also have quite a bit of protein mostly from protein bars, almonds walnuts and other nuts .... what does this suggest is wrong with me?
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Endocrinology
Expert:  DocPhilMD replied 10 months ago.

Hi, this is Dr Phil, here to assist you. I am Board Certified with over 10 years of experience. I will respond with my answer shortly. Thank you.

Expert:  DocPhilMD replied 10 months ago.

what medicine do you take?

any symptoms?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I've had a host of symptoms for 2 years ranging from a tremor that I take Xanax to control , I also take birth control pills. I have numb fingers, extreme fatigue, odd burning pains that come and go on groin and forearm, I'm short of breath but had a stress test and did ok. I have prediabetes and sleep spnea
Expert:  DocPhilMD replied 10 months ago.

what were the exact values of both? what was your albumin level?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Mainly very tired . And the low protein was albumin
Expert:  DocPhilMD replied 10 months ago.

values?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
She didn't give me numbers .... took more blood and did a urine test
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I'm reading about lymphoma and liver disease and getting freaked out
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I don't know exact bslues
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Values
Expert:  DocPhilMD replied 10 months ago.

Okay. basically the calcium is low because the albumin is low

so a corrected calcium would be normal

So we need to figure out why your albumin is low

It could be that you are leaking protein in the urine or not making it in the liver

It could also be not absorbing

You could have someting like celiac that is making you not absorb protein

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
whyveould my liver not make ot
Expert:  DocPhilMD replied 10 months ago.

Only if you had severe liver disease would this happen

you would have to have cirrhosis

I would think that would be unlikely in a 46 year old unless you had hepatitis or something

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Could it be that I don't eat enough protein? Is there a way I can rule out lymphoma?
Expert:  DocPhilMD replied 10 months ago.

you need a CBC to rule out lymphoma

I'm sure your doctor ordered that

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
celiac is pretty common to cause this?
Expert:  DocPhilMD replied 10 months ago.

yes

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Would the original blood work have looked at cbc
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Is that a standard thing?
Expert:  DocPhilMD replied 10 months ago.

not necessarily

no

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
if my urine test is normal where would dr likely go from there
Expert:  DocPhilMD replied 10 months ago.

liver and kidney ultrasound

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Would be looking for tumors?
Expert:  DocPhilMD replied 10 months ago.

no looking for cirrhosis and kidney problems

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Where does the celiac fit in
Expert:  DocPhilMD replied 10 months ago.

simply that it can cause a low protein level

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Would the ultrasound show that or just be done to rule out something more serious
Expert:  DocPhilMD replied 10 months ago.

blood tests are done for celiac

the ultrasound only checks for liver disease and kidney issues

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Ok so since they did more bloodwork that may tell them about celiac?
Expert:  DocPhilMD replied 10 months ago.

yes

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
How common is it to have low albumin and it be some terrible thing? 2 out 10? 6 out of 10?
Expert:  DocPhilMD replied 10 months ago.

It is relatively common and the seriousness depends on the reason so I can't say for sure

Expert:  DocPhilMD replied 10 months ago.

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