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Is Parathyroid Disease Hereditary
Yes and no: Parathyroid disorder can occur in anyone but it could also be hereditary (that is if a family member has hyperparathyrodiism, you are at higher risk of developing the disease). There is also a condition called men (multiple endocrine neoplasm) that can increase your risk of parathyroid disease if someone in your family has it. ...Read more
Anybody: There are a few hereditary causes of parathyroid disease which can increase your risk above the general population but generally speaking, parathyroid disease can occur in anyone and at any age, although the average is around 60 years of age. ...Read more
Many symptoms: Parathyroid hormone is responsible for regulating calcium level in blood. If high, it will raise calcium level in your blood causing osteoporosis, kidney stones, kidney problems, bone pain, constipation, abdominal pain, psychological problems...If low, it can cause low calcium in the blood resulting in numbness/tingling, muscle cramps, fatigue, irritability, seizures, uncontrolled movements... ...Read more
No: Plantar fascitiis is caused by localized injury and biomechanical issues. ...Read more
I have fibromyalgia, sjogren's, barettes esophagus, parathyroid disease. I take many prescription for these conditions. How can I lose weight.
Talk with your doc: Talk with your doctor about your weight concerns. S/he may be just as concerned as you are! You need to review your current diet for what needs changing -- perhaps your doctor has a nutritionist s/he refers to, who can help. Eat whole foods, eliminating processed ones as much as possible; low sugar; lean proteins, low-starch veggies; fruits, etc. Gradually increase movement and exercise. ...Read more
Many: If it's hyperparathyroidism, the best treatment is surgery. Medications and possibly alcohol injection can be used but these are inferior to surgery and only considered when surgery is refused or contraindicated. If it's hypoparathyroidism, the treatment is calcium and vitamin d (both inactive and active) replacement. ...Read more
There are several...: Symptoms are related to an elevated level of parathyroid hormone, which causes a high blood calcium level. Minimal symptoms are present until the calcium level is so high as to cause kidney stones, GI "moans" (constipation, nausea, belly pain), psychic "groans" (confusion, dementia, depression, etc.), and pain in the bones, including diffuse bone pain and fractures. ...Read more
Osteoporosis: If an adenoma on the gland develops (usually only in one of the four), there is excess absorption and mobilization of calcium, which can result in enough loss of bone to risk fragility. If there is inadequate hormone, the opposite happens and low blood calcium can result in muscle contraction issues. ...Read more
Negative feedback: Sensipar (aka cinacalcet) helps the parathyroid gland respond better to calcium in the blood stream. The presence of calcium typically slows down the parathyroid gland as the gland wants to increase calcium levels in the blood. The gland will produce PTH (parathyroid hormone) to help increase calcium levels. With the drug, the gland isn't as active and PTH levels are lower. ...Read more
My dr. Won't check pth because my calcium levels are consistently normal. Will calcium always be elevated in parathyroid disorders?
Parathyroid test: Parathyroid levels are very closely reflected by your calcium levels my impression is you are concerned about over active and general totally normal calcium is enough there are rare cases where actual assessment by direct measurements is of value in a fair number of patients with vitamind insufficiency we see high PTH levels which is a costly way to decide all of us need calcium and vitamin d. ...Read more
No: Removing your parathyroid gland (s) will not hurt your liver whatsoever. ...Read more
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Yes: Till date, not a single medical study has shown the superiority (with respect to clinical outcomes) of any one form of active vitamin d or vitamin d analogue for treatment of secondary hyperparathyroidism in patients with kidney disease. Calcitriol tends to be cheaper and often used as a "first line". It is as effective as zemplar clinically but might cause more hyperphosphatemia or hypercalcemia. ...Read more
Overactive: An over active parathyroid gland, or hyperparathyroidism, can cause weak bones, broken bones, kidney stones, pancreatitis, stomach ulcers, abdominal pain, fatigue, depression, forgetfulness, and anxiety. A normal parathyroid gland is about the size of a grain of rice or a pea. An abnormal gland is about the size of an olive. They are nearly impossible to feel on normal examination. ...Read more
I'm getting my mom some vitamin B12 and some vitamin C and quercetin. The quercetin has 100mg of calicum in it with magnesium isit ok for parathyroid diease?
I have been referred to endo for suspected hypo parathyroidism dr done 3 blood tests over 4 months all concluded low cslcium vit d what will happen?
Low calcium ; vit D: You do not want the low calcium to continue as it could cause muscle twitching and possibly seizure. Low vit d has its side effects for bone and possibly for heart. It may well be that you have hypoparathyroidism. Your doc will probably give you vit d and calcium supplements as vit d increases calcium level. Treatment is usu with suppl including synthetic vit d preparations like calcitriol. ...Read more
Is the parathyroid & thyroid related? If my hypo is treated with levo or not, would my parathyroid be affected too? I also have low vit d.
Probably not: The vast majority of people with thyroid disease do not also parathyroid disease. Treatment with l-thyroxine should not affect parathyroid function. It is ok to take both l-thyroxine and vitamin d. ...Read more
For years, calcium & magnesium always normal but vit. D always low (<15) & phosphorus moderately high. Parathyroid OK. Poss causes? On D3 50, 000units
Low Vitamin D:
If you are taking 50000 units of vitamin D once a week and have done so for a while there must be something wrong with you ability to absorb you pill.
This is an uncommon finding and you should have your doctor refer you to a specialist -- kidney or endocrine doctors. ...Read more
Yes: Depends on what the problem is but the most common problem is overproduction of parathyroid hormone due to a growth. There are treatment options. Surgery will typically cure it. Otherwise, a pill can be used to control it if surgery is not an option. You can also inject alcohol into the gland to "ablate" it (not commonly done). ...Read more
Under or over-active:
In what way is it not working properly?
What is your calcium and PTH level and what is your 24 hour urine calcium? ...Read more
You need to clarify: Are you asking what to expect in terms of the recovery period or pain associated with surgery? Or are you asking how you will feel differently after surgery. Unless there is reason to suspect that you have men you should only have one gland removed and then the iopth level will confirm that you are cured. ...Read more
None if 1 is taken.: If an abnormal parathyroid gland is removed there should be no side effects, if one normal gland is removed during thyroid surgery there also should be no side effects. If all 4 normal glands are removed a very low blood calcium will occur causing tingling and cramps and rarely seizures. This can be treated. ...Read more
If your parathyroid levels are normal there should be no numbness. If you have numbness you should see a Neurologist.
You should probably not need more than 1000 or 2000 mg of vitamin D a day ...Read more
Parathyroid Glands: The parathyroid glands are 4 small groups of tissue that sit behind the thyroid gland. They make parathyroid hormone or PTH which is involved in calcium metabolism. Too much PTH causes the calcium level in the blood to go up. An overactive parathyroid gland is often diagnosed when a routine blood test shows a high calcium level. ...Read more
Regulates calcium.: They make parathyroid hormone (PTH), which regulates the body's calcium and phosphate levels. These levels are important for normal nerve and muscle function. PTH tells bone to break down and release calcium into the blood. In the gut, it converts vitamin D to its active form which absorbs more calcium. It also tells kidneys to allow less calcium and phosphate to leave the body through urine. ...Read more
Regulate calcium: The parathyroid glands secrete a hormone that keeps the level of calcium in the blood from falling. It does this by pulling calcium from the bone and by preventing loss of calcium through the kidney. It is also necessary to convert vitamin d into its active form, which in turn increases calcium absorption in the gut. ...Read more
See below: Depends on how it is being done, minimal incision or full neck incision. Depends on if it is for only one parathyroid gland, or if all four glands are being evaluated at surgery. Low risk of nerve damage to the vocal cord, low risk of infection, low risk of bleeding and swelling after surgery. Low risk of not being able to locate the offending gland at surgery requiring another surgery later. ...Read more