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I dont know exactly which forum to post this, but I have some questions about taking calcium.I have Caltrate Plus that I have been trying to take for D. It has overcorrected and now I have C if I take any at all. I also need the calcium for other health issues. Darned if you do, darned if you dont.Does anyone else have a problem taking calcium? How much should a person be taking? I don't get a lot of foods that are rich in calcium so that was why doc put me on it to begin with. Sunny
 

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Hey SunnyI'm not sure if the calcium I take is actually helping me or not, but I found I could never swallow those (excuse the expression) - "horking big" calcium pills and now I take a chocolate chew called "Viactiv"... they don't have magnesium in them which I have heard is a good thing for ibs'ers and so far I seem to be doing pretty good with them. Because I don't drink milk I found I was definitely lacking my calcium and would physically feel like my bones were aching when I didn't take the pills. Now that I've been taking the viactiv chews (I take two a day) I don't get that feeling any more...I still have "d" but not the pain... it's worth a try. I bought mine at Wal-Mart.Bev (PS Sorry I missed you in the chat room - I had run off to the bathroom!)
 

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Hey SunnyI'm not sure if the calcium I take is actually helping me or not, but I found I could never swallow those (excuse the expression) - "horking big" calcium pills and now I take a chocolate chew called "Viactiv"... they don't have magnesium in them which I have heard is a good thing for ibs'ers and so far I seem to be doing pretty good with them. Because I don't drink milk I found I was definitely lacking my calcium and would physically feel like my bones were aching when I didn't take the pills. Now that I've been taking the viactiv chews (I take two a day) I don't get that feeling any more...I still have "d" but not the pain... it's worth a try. I bought mine at Wal-Mart.Bev (PS Sorry I missed you in the chat room - I had run off to the bathroom!)
 

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I know this sounds weird, but from what I can remember of 4 years ago, I got horrible pain in my right kidney ( which aches anyway), and cystitis - like symptoms. My sister is a nurse, and said it was probably my kidney having a problem processing calcium in any quantity after I have been off dairy for a while. I never went back. I also found it bound me up too much.
 

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I know this sounds weird, but from what I can remember of 4 years ago, I got horrible pain in my right kidney ( which aches anyway), and cystitis - like symptoms. My sister is a nurse, and said it was probably my kidney having a problem processing calcium in any quantity after I have been off dairy for a while. I never went back. I also found it bound me up too much.
 

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Sunny,Did you get the purple and white bottle or the pink bottle.THe purple one has the added minerals and does contain a small amount of magnesium (40 MG) and I do think this helps to prevent the constipation the calcium can give. Oh by the way that is why is help us with diarrhea.There may be ways for you to get the calcium you need and not get constipated. You may want to try calcium citrate form of calcium for one. You may want to take it in 1/2 doses instead of full tablets. You may need a longer time between the dose so it can sort of wear off so to speak so you will be able to have a BM that is not too hard and not too soft. Taking one in the morning and one in the evening may be better than one at each meal for you. OR that could be 1/2 in the morning and 1/2 ion the evening. You just have to play with it to work out the best option.I hope this helps and if you have any more questions please feel free to email me.Linda
 

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Sunny,Did you get the purple and white bottle or the pink bottle.THe purple one has the added minerals and does contain a small amount of magnesium (40 MG) and I do think this helps to prevent the constipation the calcium can give. Oh by the way that is why is help us with diarrhea.There may be ways for you to get the calcium you need and not get constipated. You may want to try calcium citrate form of calcium for one. You may want to take it in 1/2 doses instead of full tablets. You may need a longer time between the dose so it can sort of wear off so to speak so you will be able to have a BM that is not too hard and not too soft. Taking one in the morning and one in the evening may be better than one at each meal for you. OR that could be 1/2 in the morning and 1/2 ion the evening. You just have to play with it to work out the best option.I hope this helps and if you have any more questions please feel free to email me.Linda
 

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I switched to a calcium/magnesium combo in the 2:1 ratio that kmottus mentions. Seems to work better for me. This is not caltrate since they don't make such a combo as far as I can tell, but you can find this kind of supplement anywhere. I swicth back to the suplements with a higher proportion of calcium if I need tonancy
 

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I switched to a calcium/magnesium combo in the 2:1 ratio that kmottus mentions. Seems to work better for me. This is not caltrate since they don't make such a combo as far as I can tell, but you can find this kind of supplement anywhere. I swicth back to the suplements with a higher proportion of calcium if I need tonancy
 

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I was surprised when I noticed that baked goods made with baking powder (not baking soda) are high in calcium. It looks like baking powder itself could be used a supplement! It contains calcium sulfate and calcium phosphate and has 16 percent of the daily value in one teaspoon.
 

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I was surprised when I noticed that baked goods made with baking powder (not baking soda) are high in calcium. It looks like baking powder itself could be used a supplement! It contains calcium sulfate and calcium phosphate and has 16 percent of the daily value in one teaspoon.
 
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