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Doctor insights on: What Could Be Causing My Hypoparathyroidism If My Calcium Levels Are Normal

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I've been diagnosed with hypoparathyroidism yet have normal calcium levels, is this normal?

I've been diagnosed with hypoparathyroidism yet have normal calcium levels, is this normal?

Can be normal: It all depends on the severity of your parathyroid underactivity. Causes of hypoaparathyroidism can also be transient in nature. Make sure you get your magensium and vitamin d (both, 25 and 1, 25 vitamin d) levels checked and also to do 24 hr urine collection for calcium. Discuss this with your endocrinologist. ...Read more

Dr. James Suliburk
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Hypoparathyroidism (Definition)

Hypoparathyroidism is the condition of having an underactive parathyroid gland, resulting of low levels of calcium in the blood. This may produce a wide range of symptoms throughout the body, including muscle cramps, tingling sensations throughout the body, dry ...Read more


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Question on high calcium levels. Is that the test for hypoparathyroidism?

Question on high calcium levels. Is that the test for hypoparathyroidism?

Wrong direction!: Testing calcium in the blood is helpful in evaluating parathyroid function but in the case of hypo (low) parathyroidism, one would expect calcium to be low or lower normal range, not high. The parathyroid gland puts out parathyroid hormone in an effort to help keep calcium levels in the bloodstream up, so when it's under active the calcium tends to fall. ...Read more

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Whats the best calcium supplement for hypoparathroidism?

Whats the best calcium supplement for hypoparathroidism?

No best.: Calcium citrate or calcium carbonate would be adequate as a supplement. Calcitriol is best able to increase the absorption of calcium so that a normal blood calcium level is maintained. ...Read more

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Kidneywise is it advisable for me to use kre alkalyn for fitness purposes, I have hypoparathyriodism and I use calcium medication daily?

Kidneywise is it advisable for me to use kre alkalyn   for fitness purposes, I have hypoparathyriodism and I use calcium medication daily?

Not advisable: Kre alkalyn and other creatine supplements can impaire kidney function, especially in people who might be susceptible. Having hypoparathyroidism puts you at risk for kidney stones and kre alkalyn can increase your risk as well. ...Read more

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How does hypoparathyroidism cause hypocalcemia?

How does hypoparathyroidism cause hypocalcemia?

Three mechanisms.: Hypocalcemia occurs in the absence of parathyroid hormone because of low bone breakdown, loss of calcium in the urine and poor absorption of calcium by the intestine. ...Read more

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What causes hypoparathyroidism?

What causes hypoparathyroidism?

Many different cause: Underactivity of the parathyroid glands probably most commonly results from thyroid surgery or treatment which can damage the small imbedded glands. It is quite rare and the list of potential causes is very long. One should consider viral or autoimmune damage to the glands as well as many know genetic inborn error of metabolism. The opposite condition, hyperparathyroidism is more common. ...Read more

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What causes you to get hypoparathyroidism?

What causes you to get hypoparathyroidism?

Causes hypopara: Most common cause is injury to the parathyroid glands from head/neck/thyroid surgery. Other causes include a familial disease called polyglandular autoimmune syndrome (pga 1). Digeorge syndrome is another genetic disease where you were born with no parathyroid glands. ...Read more

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Is there a way to test calcitonin levels, or for hypoparathyroidism? Also, is there some kind of parathyroidism replacement therapy?

Is there a way to test calcitonin levels, or for hypoparathyroidism? Also, is there some kind of parathyroidism replacement therapy?

Tests for: calcitonin and parathyroid hormone are readily available. The most common test would be measurement of your calcium, and (if necessary) ionized calcium. Vitamin D should also be evaluated. There are treatments for hypopara, but why do you think you have it? Calcitonin is not a part of hypopara. Check w/your doctor, ...Read more

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