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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

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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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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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Thyroidectomy (Definition)

This is the removal of all or part of the thyroid gland. It is generally performed for rumors of the gland, occasionally for enlarged and hyper functioning glands that do ...Read more