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What do I need to know about caring for someone with hypercalcemia?

If you are caring for someone with hypercalcemia, make sure that person receives treatment for their condition from a doctor. If calcium levels are allowed to remain high, your loved one could suffer from muscle weakness, including dangerous weakness of the heart muscle, delirium, confusion, emotional imbalance, hallucinations, coma, kidney stones, kidney damage, and death. If a loved one develops hypercalcemia, they may need to be hospitalized until calcium levels can be brought back down. They may need surgery or other treatment to resolve or manage their hypercalcemia. If your loved one has developed complications such as kidney damage, they may need treatment to help manage them.

If you are caring for someone at risk of chronic or recurrent hypercalcemia, whether due to cancer, immobility, or another condition, watch for the signs of hypercalcemia and help your loved one seek treatment as soon as they appear. Your loved one should drink plenty of water, since blood calcium levels can rise even with slight dehydration. Your loved one should also avoid tobacco and exercise regularly to keep bones strong.

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