Low calcium (hypocalcemia)

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What is low calcium (hypocalcemia)?

Hypocalemia, low blood calcium makes the nervous system highly irritable with tetany (spasms of the hands and feet, muscle cramps, abdominal cramps, and overly active reflexes). Chronic hypocalcemia contributes to poor mineralization of bones, soft bones (osteomalacia) and osteoporosis.

Common symptoms reported by people with low calcium (hypocalcemia)

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with low calcium (hypocalcemia)

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Marijuana)
Type
Other
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Anxious mood (1) Depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Valium)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Equipment
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Nature's Bounty Melatonin)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ritalin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
1
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Vitamin D Prescription)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
1
Treatment name(s)

(Imovane)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Insomnia (1)

Data from patients with low calcium (hypocalcemia), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with low calcium (hypocalcemia)

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
Anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Marijuana)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Anxious mood (1) Depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Valium)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
Anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Nature's Bounty Melatonin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
Insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ritalin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
Fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
Insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Vitamin D Prescription)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Treatment name(s)

(Imovane)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
Insomnia (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with low calcium (hypocalcemia), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has low calcium (hypocalcemia) on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 3
30s 6
40s 22
50s 12
60s 5
70+ 1
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 0
20-29 years 5
30-39 years 7
40-49 years 4
50-59 years 5
60-69 years 1
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

96% Female
4% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 31
Not Diagnosed 0

These charts show data from low calcium (hypocalcemia) patients who have completed their condition history
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