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What are the symptoms of having too much calcium in your body?

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The symptoms of having too much calcium in the body include great thirst and frequent urination if it affects the kidneys, according to Mayo Clinic. Other symptoms are nausea, vomiting, constipation and upset stomach if it affects the digestive system.

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Bone pain and muscle weakness are also symptoms, states Mayo Clinic. The cause of bone pain may be because calcium was pulled from the bones in the first place and showed up as excessively high levels in the blood. Bones can be so weak that they fracture, and posture can be adversely affected, according to MedlinePlus. Also, if the high calcium levels affect the brain they may cause lethargy, tiredness and confusion, says Mayo Clinic.

Other symptoms of high calcium levels, or hypercalcemia, are poor appetite, pain in the flank and muscle twitches, says the National Institutes of Health. Other effects of too much calcium are apathy, dementia, depression and loss of memory.

Sometimes, hypercalcemia is so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized, according to MedlinePlus. While there, the patient may have treatments such as kidney dialysis, diuretic drugs, drugs that prevent the body from using calcium, intravenous fluid, steroids and calcitonin. Calcitonin is a synthetic drug based on a hormone found in salmon, says MedicineNet. It's used to treat osteoporosis as well as hypercalcemia.

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