I need to take calcium supplements for osteoporosis; however, I noticed that when I temporarily stopped taking the calcium supplements, the swelling and disfigurement of the last joints [the distal?] in my fingers caused by OA stopped increasing. When I resumed the supplements, the swelling and disfigurement advanced. Is there any way to take calcium supplements without worsening the swelling and disfigurement of the finger joints caused by OA?
One thing medicine has taught me is to never say that something is impossible. But I know of no evidence and cannot even think of a theoretical reason for why oral calcium would increase OA of the finger joints.