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Doctor insights on: Thyroidectomy Low Calcium Symptoms

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Hi doctor. I had a thyroidectomy 24 days ago and have been on 150mcg of levothyroxine. I was feeling pretty good up until yesterday. I've been very nauseous and feel kind of shaky on the inside. I've exhibited some symptoms of hypocalcemia, do I need to

Hi doctor. I had a thyroidectomy 24 days ago and have been on 150mcg of levothyroxine. I was feeling pretty good up until yesterday. I've been very nauseous and feel kind of shaky on the inside. I've exhibited some symptoms of hypocalcemia, do I need to

Symptoms: If your thyroid gland has been removed totally your parathyroid glands have probably also gone. The surgeon who did the work should know this!
Have your primary doctor check your thyroid labs, your serum calcium, and serum parathyroid hormone levels.
If your doctor (s) have ignored this - shame on them. ...Read more

Hypocalcemia (Definition)

Hypocalcemia refers to low measured levels of calcium in the blood. Symptoms of hypocalcemia may include numbness/tinglng of he hands and mouth or cramping. In severe cases, one's ability to think may be impaired. Hypocalcemia may be due to poor diet, vit d deficiency, disorders of the parathryoid ...Read more


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If after 5 weeks of a total thyroidectomy your pth is low a 3 and I been taking 9 calcium 3 vit D3 does this mean there gone or not going to work?

If after 5 weeks of a total thyroidectomy your pth is low a 3 and I been taking 9 calcium 3 vit D3 does this mean there gone or not going to work?

Wait more: 5 weeks is still early so watchful waiting is the way to go. If the parathyroid is truly a problem, you should take Calcitriol (active vitamin d) to decrease the amount of calcium you need to take in a day. Pth is needed for the complete conversion of vit d3 to active vitamin d and hence calcium absorption. ...Read more

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I had total thyroidectomy 5 weeks ago and I take 9 calcium 3 vit D3 aday. What does it mean if tour pth is low or a 3. Does it mean three gone or wor?

I had total thyroidectomy 5 weeks ago and I take 9 calcium 3 vit D3 aday. What does it mean if tour pth is low or a 3. Does it mean three gone or wor?

Hypoparathyroidism: This is one of the complications of surgery. The parathyroid glands help to control calcium levels. Low PTH causes calcium to lower in the blood. This can be dangerous if too low. It can take a long time to recover. In my experience, it seems that a patients body will adjust to the lower calcium and you will not always have to take as much supplementation, but you may need high doses until. ...Read more

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I have a low HGB, Low HCT, High Mono and Low calcium? What could this represent? I have Wegener’s Granulomatosis

I have a low HGB, Low HCT, High Mono and Low calcium? What could this represent? I have Wegener’s Granulomatosis

Anemia? Cause? Chemo: Anemia can be caused by blood loss or impaired production of red cells. Wegner's often requires treatment with a chemotherapy drug which can also be the cause of Anemia. Your treating doctor should be able to explain all this to you. Are you taking treatment for your Wegner's Gran.??? ...Read more

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What does low calcium levels mean?

What does low calcium levels mean?

Various things: Poor absorption due to unhealthy gut with food allergies and inflammation, low calcium intake, low parathyroid hormone, low vitamin d level - start 30iu per pound and measure level in 3 months and adjust dosing, low magnesium level. Have a doc check for the above and come up with a managment plan. ...Read more

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What conditions can low calcium levels lead to?

What conditions can low calcium levels lead to?

Muscle/nerve effects: Calcium is an important component of normal cell motion. Low levels tend to have the most clinial effect on nerves and muscles causing tingling, numbness and muscle twitching respectively. Since the heart is also a muscle, low calcium levels can lead to heart rhythm abnormalities resulting in heart palpitations. ...Read more

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What causes low calcium in the blood?

What causes low calcium in the blood?

Low calcium: Not enough intake from food, problems with the parathyroid gland, vitamin d deficiency, not enough or too much magnesium etc... ...Read more

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How does a low iodine diet cause low calcium?

How does a low iodine diet cause low calcium?

???: Who told you it does??? It doesn't.
Look elsewhere for a cause of low blood calcium (e.g., hypoparathyroidism). ...Read more

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What does low calcium and low creatinine mean?

What does low calcium and low creatinine mean?

Could mean: Low calcium- low absorption, low vitamin d, low Albumin levels, malnutrition. Low creatinine- decreased muscle mass. ...Read more

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What to do if I have found with low calcium level?

What to do if I have found with low calcium level?

Depends on severity: How low is the calcium? Are there symptoms, like tingling around the mouth, muscular twitching? Low Ca can be caused by many things, but it is also important to know what the blood protein/albumin levels are since they affect the interpretation of low Ca. ...Read more

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What are the results of low calcium levels in the ages 80 - 85 years old?

Low calcium: Hi. Has the patient had neck surgery? Is the patient eating? Hypocalcemia (low blood calcium) is closely guarded against by the parathyroid glands. If calcium is low (considering serum albumin), check PTH, 25-hydroxyvitamin D, and kidney function. Get an endocrinologist or nephrologist involved. Good luck to the patient. ...Read more

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What are the effects of very low calcium in elderly people? Will they get hurt easier?

What are the effects of very low calcium in elderly people? Will they get hurt easier?

Hypocalcemia: Low calcium affects everyone in similar fashion. Check out http://www. Clevelandclinicmeded. Com/medicalpubs/diseasemanagement/endocrinology/hypocalcemia/Default. Htm & https://www. Merckmanuals. Com/home/hormonal-and-metabolic-disorders/electrolyte-balance/hypocalcemia-low-level-of-calcium-in-the-blood. If you're asking about osteoporosis, check out http://goo. Gl/ITQ3aN. ...Read more

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I was told that I have low calcium level of 15 what is normal I am a 49 year old woman?

I was told that I have low calcium level of 15 what is normal I am a 49 year old woman?

Low calcium levels: I am not sure what you calcium (c) level of "15" means. Normal levels of c are between 8.4-10.4. Low c levels can be seen in patients in the late stages of chronic kidney disease (ckd) due to their kidneys not making the active form vitamin d needed to transport c from the intestine to the blood. At 49 you may have ckd. See either an endocrinologist or a nephrologist for the answer. ...Read more

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What could happen if you have low calcium levels?

Low calcium levels: Low calcium levels (hc) can cause increased neuromuscular irritability. Tetany may be as a result. Other symptoms of hc may be numbness. A person with these symptoms should see a doctor, as hc can be a serious and life-threatening disease that is why it is important to diagnose it and have a plan in place for its prevention and/or treatment. ...Read more

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I am a basket case. My son has low calcium. Can you tell me something about it?

I am a basket case. My son has low calcium. Can you tell me something about it?

Low calcium: There are many causes for low calcium so you need to talk to the doctor who ordered the lab that showed the low calcium to complete the workup and find out the cause. The most common cause is low parathyroid hormone: either by destruction of the parathyroid glands due to past surgery or failure of the glands to form during fetal development. Sometimes you can get antibodies against the parathyroid. ...Read more

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My dr told me I have low calcium count its 12 what causes it to be low and is this normal?

My dr told me I have low calcium count its 12 what causes it to be low and is this normal?

High: A calcium of 12 is high, not low. Not sure who told you it's low. If you have questions about your labs, best person to talk to is the physician who ordered the labs. ...Read more

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What will happen if I have low calcium levels in blood?

What will happen if I have low calcium levels in blood?

Dangerous: If blood calcium gets low enough, your heart won't work properly. You can get seizures also. Many people with low calcium get muscle spasms and tingling in hands and feet. ...Read more

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What are the effects of having a low calcium blood level?

What are the effects of having a low calcium blood level?

Low calcium: A low calcium level may cause many problems and if your doctor has ordered the test and found a low calcium she/he should have taken care of the low calcium
What other conditions do you have?
Let me know and I should be able to help you. Your doctor must have done tests more than just calcium. ...Read more

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What is the true measure of hypocalcemia? Low ionized calcium, or low calcium? Thank you.

What is the true measure of hypocalcemia? Low ionized calcium, or low calcium? Thank you.

Depends on context: More information is needed, especially in regards to a correction factor against the serum albumin in hypocalcemia. Ionized calcium is a good measure too, but again, context is necessary. Please see your doctor to help you with clinical context of laboratory values, because the values are not really significant until they are applied to your clinical situation. ...Read more

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What's the difference between low ionized calcium and low calcium? Which one is the true measure of hypocalcemia?

Both: If you can measure (rarely done), calculate (complicated formula) or estimate (calcium minus albumin), you will get the ionized calcium. About half of the calcium in the blood is ionized and this is the active form. In real-life, this means that a lot of sick people with low albumin also have low total calcium but needn't worry as the physiologic ionized calcium is what's regulated. ...Read more

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Why do I have critically low calcium (1.3) magnesium (below assay range) and and phosphorus (0.1) out of no where, and what should I do?

Why do I have critically low calcium (1.3) magnesium (below assay range) and and phosphorus (0.1) out of no where, and what should I do?

Needs immediate att: Needs immediate attention. Check with your PCP to make sure everything is ok and immediately repeat the test to be sure test results are ok and it is not lab error. There are several causes that need to be investigated if there is no lab error ...Read more

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What's going on if I have low calcium but elevated pth levels?

What's going on if I have low calcium but elevated pth levels?

Needs more work-up: Low blood calcium level with elevated PTH (parathyroid hormone) result from a variety of conditions, ranging from simple low calcium or vitamin d intake (rare in us) to poor absorption thereof from intestine caused by malfunction of liver, pancreas, or kidneys. ...Read more

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Is there is a delay in conceiving because of low calcium?

Need evaluation: Hypocalcemia or low calcium level can be dangerous especially if very low (seizures, heart rhythm problem) so I encourage that you get evaluated before any attempt to become pregnant. Good luck. ...Read more

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How alcoholism leads to low calcium?

Low calcium: alcohol will decrease the stomach's ability to absorb calcium. it will also interfere with the pancreas's ability to absorb vit d, which is necessary to absorb calcium. Alcohol affect the liver where vit d is activated. In alcohol is associated with poor diet, in females alcohol can interfere with estrogen which can increase bone loss. Alcohol can raise parathyroid hormone which raises calcium ...Read more

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What can cause high platelets and low calcium in labs?

What can cause high platelets and low calcium in labs?

Myriad of things. Sx: There are a myriad of things that can cause low calcium & high platelets. W/o knowing ur symptoms & medical history, it's next to impossible to interpret these results. High platelets can be a "stress" reaction to illness/infection, or a bone marrow prob. Low calcium can b from vitamin D deficiency or low sun exposure (Nordic genes). The most common cause is lab error. TTYD to clarify the results ...Read more

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Tingling lips and no thyroid....Is my calcium too low? What are the dangers of super low calcium?

Low calcium: Tingling or hypoesthesia of the fingers, nose, toes, and or lips is a sign of low calcium. This can also be accompanied by leg and loot cramps, especially at night. This can be temporary 10-30% of the time after total thyroidectomy and permanent 1-3% of the time. Can be treated with calcium, rocaltrol, (calcitriol) and or rarely Natpara. You should have labs drawn that examines calcium and related levels. ...Read more

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