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Anxiety, Palpitations and High Calcium Levels?

Hi Everyone,

I am a 40-year-old woman (mother of three), and I just haven't been feeling well for the past couple of years. I thought it was depression (post partum), exhaustion from raising three kids under 6, full time job, but something just doesn't seem right. I feel frequent anxiety and depression, racing heart, palpitations, foggy brained, trouble concentrating, panic attacks which results in high BP spikes and tachycardia. I have tried different antidepressants (Zoloft, Amitriptyline, Lexapro) but cannot tolerate them even at the most tiny dose. I have been put on beta-blockers for anxiety, which helps slow the heart rate but not always reduce the BP spikes. I also have a history of multinodular goiter.

All of my bloodwork and thyroid test results have come back normal EXCEPT for my calcium levels. Since 2012, I have had readings of 10.0, 11.1, 10.4, 10.8, and 10.4.  No one has seemed to flag this as being overly concerning, even when I have been to the ER for panic attacks.  I am concerned that for the last 3-5 years, this may be the unexplained cause for all my issues. I thought perhaps perimenopause, but I had a baby a year ago.

I feel like I am losing my mind. Could this fog/depression/anxiety, and panic, and palps be cause by hypercalcemia?

I am awaiting PTH test results, and am hoping that this will shed some light on things. I don't want to die from this or destroy my body! Too many people depend on me.
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What are your magnesium levels?  Do you consume a lot of dairy?  Calcium and magnesium have to be in electrical balance, and too much of one leaches out the other.  Magnesium is very important in relaxing the nerves and the muscles and the blood vessels.  How were your magnesium levels?  I mention dairy because it's very high in calcium and low in magnesium.  Do you eat a lot of green leafy vegetables, which are more balanced?  I don't know if this is your problem, but worth investigating.
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Thank you for the response. I am awaiting magnesium test results, along with vitamin d and parathyroid hormone. I don't each much dairy, which is why the elevated calcium is strange. I do eat a lot of salads especially spinach

The strange thing is that I cannot seem to tolerate any ssri meds to help with the anxiety, which makes me think this is the elevated calcium causing my symptoms. I feel miserable and no one is helping.

Maybe I should try a magnesiun supplement in the interim?
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