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BRIEF: Could your intake of dairy cause psuedogout?


QUESTION:
We suspect that my husband has psuedogout, for he gets calcium phosphate crystals in his joints and swells in pain. He has this all the time. I am not sure how the body makes and stores calcium, but will his intake of dairy products have anything to do with this problem?

ANSWER:

I don't know. Deposition of calcium in soft tissues is not good. It can indicate any of a variety of things, including vitamin D excess. There could also be something wrong with calcitonin or parathyroid levels. You had best consult a physician (a good endocrinologist with a sound nutritional base) about this.