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Re: calcium supplements

Posted By Jean on September 30, 1998 at 10:54:05:

In Reply to: calcium supplements posted by Micki on September 28, 1998 at 14:37:23:

: I recently saw an internist because I was
: experiencing constipation.  I have been
: taking calcium supplements ( I am female,
: age 46). Since I started the supplements,
: I have been very constipated.  
: The internist wanted to do a colonoscopy,
nted me to drink
: a large quantity of a substance that
: I determined to be a poison.  I talked to
: several nurses, one of whom had had
: the test with that particular substance
: to drink and all said it was brutal,
: one even described it as barbaric.
: That I could expect to leak fluid
: uncontrollably, be nauseated,
: and or vomit repeatedly. Also there
: was the possibility of puncturing my
: intestinal wall, and if I bled more than
: a cup of blood to go to the ER.
: This on top of being horribly sick
: from the low blood sugar.  
: All that for constipation!
: I asked the Dr. if I could have an enema
: instead, before the test, and they were
:  not sympathetic, so the test was
: cancelled, and I am seeing a new doctor.
: In the interim, I have stopped taking the
: calcium, and I am fine.  
: I should say that my other tests were
: negative (stool sample, blood, urine).  
: I need to know if there is a calcium
: supplement that won't cause this problem
: --I need the calcium, but the constipation
: is a pain, and that nightmare of a test
: is out of the question.--thank you.
  Micki....try to be a big girl...a few hour of having loose stools from the prep is worth the peace mind of finding out what the problems are. Why go to a doctor if you don't want to cooperate with him? I am a nurse and would never such negative info...because it's not true.
Jean-- Big girl has nothing to do with the problem.
My hypoglycemia is not just a little shakiness.
I had a glucose tolerance test, and they were
fully expecting to find diabetes. I was having
migranes, dizzy spells so severe I would have
to put my head between my knees in public
places, and beg for food.  I was found wandering
on a campus in the middle of the night with no
recollection of it.  It is not some trivial thing
to me.  I was quite ill.  Additionally, for your information,
I spoke with three nurses who all confirmed
the description of the prep for this test.
When I was given the option of the
colonoscopy, or a barium enema, I was given
no details of either, or their prep.  I would certainly
chosen the barium test, because I have since
found out it involves only a 12 hr fast, and a
laxative, and one or two enemas.  That is
do-able. The three nurses all confirm that
the gallon of go-litely that he wanted be to
drink was horrible, that i would be nauseated,
vomit, have more than a few loose stools,
that I would soil my clothing and bedding
uncontrollably and it was unnecessary.
There were other options that
this doctor was unwilling to discuss. I consider it
my right to be given all the facts concerning
any treatment or test that might be recommended
to me so that I can make informed
decisions concerning my own body.
I don't need to be lied to or euphamized.
I want to trust my physician, and this
one didn't earn my trust. I shouldn't have to
resort to the internet, ot any of our medical
associates ( I do healthcare marketing)
for the information I want, and deserve.
This was a new doctor--because our insurance
changed.  He spent all of 5 minutes with me.
The rest was with his office staff
who were clueless.
Since I have stopped taking the calcium,
I am perfectly normal.  However I need calcium.
Micki...Sorry I did not mean to offend....but, it just drives me nuts when people tell  horror stories that keep people from getting potentialy lifesaving tests or treatments. Sure some tests aren't pleasant but information should be given in a neutral manner so a patient can make an informed decision, especially information given by health professionals.

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