Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Calcium--The Culprit

After weeks of trying to balance Mom's diet and relieve her constipation, we now have the solution: Just reduce her calcium pills to one a day.

In July her calcium was changed to three times per day, and soon afterward, her constipation began.

Today after reviewing all Mom's recent medical history, Dr. Rosen suddenly realized that the calcium increase was probably the cause of her constipation.

I take 2000 mg. of calcium per day with no ill effects, so it never occurred to me that calcium was the problem. But Dr. Rosen said sometimes it can cause this problem.

So we have changed the calcium back to 500 mg. per day, and added Sorbitol and Colase temporarily until her stools become normal again.

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