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Will my untreated hyperparathyroidism decrease my life expectancy?

Will my untreated hyperparathyroidism decrease my life expectancy?

Yes.: Population-based studies have demonstrated a 10% decrease in life expectancy of people with untreated hyperparathyroidism as compared to those that have had surgery. While the reason for this is unknown, it is speculated as secondary to higher rates of heart disease. ...Read more

Dr. Brendan Stack Jr.
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Hyperparathyroidism (Definition)

A condition of having an overactive parathyroid gland, which results in higher levels of calcium in the blood, which may cause weakness, ...Read more


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How is life expectancy related to hyperparathyroidism? What is life expectancy in 41 yr old with hyperparathyroidism?

How is life expectancy related to hyperparathyroidism? What is life expectancy in 41 yr old with hyperparathyroidism?

Statistically life: Population studies show an increase risk of cardiac and cerebrovascular events for patients with untreated hyperparathyroidism. These events can increase morbidity and also mortality. Therefore, life expectancy is theoretically reduced. I would advise a 41 year old to get the condition fixed. ...Read more

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What is normal levels of calcium? Mine was 10.2. What does this mean? What does hyperparathyroidism mean? Can diet decrease levels? Also hve hypothyrd

What is normal levels of calcium? Mine was 10.2. What does this mean? What does hyperparathyroidism mean? Can diet decrease levels? Also hve hypothyrd

8.5to10.4: Nrmal Calcum level is 8.5to10.4 mgm/deciliter
Your level is high normal
Hyperparathyroidism is when parathyroid gland produces too much hormone and that causes blood calcium to go up
You should repeat calcium level, 25 hydroxyl vitD level and 24 hour urine for calcium as well
Hypothyroidism sometimes also occurs separately with Huperparathyroidism
High calcium diet can contribute to high calcium l ...Read more

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Diagnosed with hyperparathyroidism. What can I expect now?

Diagnosed with hyperparathyroidism. What can I expect now?

Diagnosed with HPT: If your diagnosis comes from or is confirmed by an endocrinologist, and you meet surgery criteria, and most do, then you need to be referred to a competent, preferably high volume, surgeon. ...Read more

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What are the effects of secondary hyperparathyroidism?

Treat the Cause: Effects of Secondary Hyperparathyroidism are
Bone and Joint pain are very common
Limb deformities
Pleotropic effect on Immune System
Neurological Disordersand their symptoms ...Read more

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Is there any natural way to reverse hyperparathyroidism without surgery?

Hyperpara: You can drink a lot of water to try to prevent kidney stones. You can take drugs like Fosamax (alendronate) to try to prevent bone loss. There is a drug called sensipar which lowers calcium levels but does not prevent the bone loss. In short, if you are 41 and have primary hyperparathyroidism, you should probably have surgery. You should be seen by an endocrinologist who can refer you to a good surgeon. ...Read more

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What is the difference between hyperparathyroidism and hypoparathyroidism?

High and low calcium: Hypoparathyroidisim has low calcium and low PTH (hormone that controls calcium).

Hyperparathyroidis, has high calcium and either high or (abnormally) normal pth. ...Read more

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How is secondary hyperparathyroidism diagnosed? What is the cure to this? Thank you.

Calcium parathyroid: This is usually diagnosed in people with kidney disease. If the calcium is low, or the phosphorus too high, or the level of Vit D too low, the parathyroid makes too much PTH, which causes bone disease. Treatment targets the cause: vit D (calcitriol), phosphate binders, special diets. ...Read more

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Can you please describe the effects of chronic secondary hyperparathyroidism on the body?

Can you please describe the effects of chronic secondary hyperparathyroidism on the body?

Many as listed: 1 Weakning of the bones and osteoporosis
2Calciphylaxis is when calcium forms clumps in the skin and lead to ulcers and death of surrounding tissues
3Cardiovascular events
4Chronic itching
5Abnormal fat and sugar metabolism
6Anemia
7 Other symptoms of hypercalcemia like excessive thirst and urine, insomnia, bone pains, los of appetite etc. ...Read more

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What can I do other than take in large amounts of calcium daily for my hyperparathyroidism?

What can I do other than take in large amounts of calcium daily for my hyperparathyroidism?

I think you meant: Hypoparathyroidism typically requires calcium and vitamin d supplementation. Hyperparathyroidism on the other hand, causes hypercalcemia (high blood calcium) and in need for surgery or medication. It is important to distinguish the different types of hyperparathyroidism (primary versus secondary versus tertiary), so seeking an expert is advised. ...Read more

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I feel as if high order thinking is more difficult w hyperparathyroidism. Will this improve with parathyroidectomy?

Perhaps: There is a subtle neurotoxicity to hyperparathyroidism. Sometimes these vague symptoms will normalize following surgery. However, the decision on surgery should primarily be made based on bone health, kidney stones, etc. If you are a 41 yo woman with definate hyperparathyroidism, you should probably have it surgically fixed. Make sure the surgeon does this procedure often. ...Read more

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If I have kidney dysfunction causing hyperparathyroidism, is there anything I can do to reverse this? In overall good health, but very concerned.

See kidney expert.: Hyperparathyroidism is a common complication of impaired kidney function. A kidney specialist should be able to treat this with one of several medications. ...Read more

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How does hyperparathyroidism affect the skeletal system?

Causes Osteoporosis: It depletes Calcium from the bones and in the blood stream and therby causes Osteporosis and can cause Bone Pain and risk of fractures ...Read more

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Can you tell me about neurological symptoms. Could it be hyperparathyroidism?

Hyperparathyroid: Hyperparathyroidism is a situation when your blood calcium is higher than normal because of excess production of parathyroid hormone. The higher the parathyroid hormone and serum calcium the more symptoms you will including neurologic symptoms.
Almost always the treatment of choice is removal of the parathyroid gland. There may as few as one abnormal gland or as many as all four glands. ...Read more

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Do anabolic pro hormones have any chance of causing hyperparathyroidism?

Do anabolic pro hormones have any chance of causing hyperparathyroidism?

Not likely: Why experiment on yourself, knowing that the labels and claims for these agents are all phony and the unwanted effects may ruin you life? ...Read more

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Hi. I just got some tests back saying I have hypercalcemia and hyperparathyroid. I am being sent to and endocrinologist. What should I expect?

What to expect: The endocrinologist should review and confirm your labs. The may do or refer you for an ultrasound. Additional imaging such as spect ct sestamibi or 4 d ct will be ordered. Ultimately, you will be referred to a surgeon. Check on his or her experience. Should do at least 50 of these cases a year. ...Read more

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Can low vitamin d cause hyperparathyroid symptoms?

Can low vitamin d cause hyperparathyroid symptoms?

Unlikely: Agree with dr. Wingo. Low vitamin d can raise your parathyroid level but it should not cause hyperparathyroid symptoms. Most hyperparathyroid symptoms are caused by the elevated calcium which is not expected to happen in this case. ...Read more

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How hyperparathyroidism will affected brain, kidney and bone?

How hyperparathyroidism will affected brain, kidney and bone?

Due to elevated Ca: Fatigue, memory loss and depression are due to too much Calcium in the blood stream as it slows the nerve conduction process
Kidneys too much Calcium can cause Kidney Stones and in some cases too much urine called polyuria which is also caused by too much Calcium in your blood
Bones are depleted of Calciu due to bones releasing calcium in to the blood stream and that causes osteoporosis ( ...Read more

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What are tests for hyperparathyroidism and vitamin d deficiency?

It depend what kind: The gold standard of diagnosis is the parathyroid immunoassay. Once an elevated parathyroid hormone has been confirmed, goal of diagnosis is to determine whether the hyperparathyroidism is primary or secondary in origin by obtaining a serum calcium level which is high in primary case, low in secondary cases. ...Read more

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What is hyperparathyroidism?

What is hyperparathyroidism?

Hyper parathyroid's: Is an excess of parathyroid hormone in the bloodstream due to overactivity of one or more of the body's four parathyroid glands. These oval, grain-of-rice-sized glands are located in your neck. The parathyroid glands produce parathyroid hormone, which helps maintain an appropriate balance of calcium in the bloodstream and in tissues that depend on calcium for proper functioning. ...Read more

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What is primary hyperparathyroid?

What is primary hyperparathyroid?

PrimaryHyperparathyr: Primary Hyperparathyroidism is usually caused by a tumor of the parathyrod gland called Adenoma, which secretes excesive Parathyroid Hormone causing elevation in Calcium level in blood.
Symptoms of Hyperparathyroidism are due to High Calcium
Digestive Symptoms like indigestion, ulcers etc
Kidney Stones
Bone Pains
Fatigue, Depression and memory loss
Passng too much Urine
Classicaly Bone, Moan&Groan ...Read more

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What are signs of hyperparathyroidism?

What are signs of hyperparathyroidism?

Related to HIGH CALC: The signs and symptoms of Hyperparathyroidism are related to high level of calcium in blood. And there may be no symptoms.
1 Excessive thirst and frequent urination
2Nausea/vomiting/constipation
3Bone pain
4Kidney stones
5osteoporosis
6Cofusion, fatigue and lethargy and memory loss
7 INSOMNIA
8 loss of appetite
Confirmed by doing a blood test for calcium level and high calcium and Prathormonr level ...Read more

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How do you diagnose hyperparathyroidism?

Blood test: Hyperparathyroidism is diagnosed with both a high calcium level with a high parathyroid hormone level or inappropriately normal parathyroid hormone level. Both are checked with blood test. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of hyperparathyroidism?

The range of it: Fragile bones that easily fracture (osteoporosis)
kidney stones
excessive urination
abdominal pain
tiring easily or weakness
depression or forgetfulness
bone and joint pain
frequent complaints of illness with no apparent cause
nausea, vomiting or loss of appetite. ...Read more

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How young can you get hyperparathyroidism?

How young can you get hyperparathyroidism?

Any age: Rarely, babies are born with this condition or predisposed to this condition for different reasons. ...Read more

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How can I get treated for hyperparathyroidism?

Diagnosis: First, make sure the diagnosis is correct. The treatment choices depend on the cause of the hyperparthyroidism. If it was due to low vitamin d or low calcium, replacing them will correct the hyperparathyroidism. If it's due to a growth on your parathyroid, then surgery is the cure. If surgery is not an option, there is a pill that can also be used. Again, you need to know what type you have. ...Read more

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Why is hyperparathyroid disease so hard to diagnose?

Hard to diagnose.: HPT is hard to diagnose in its early stages because tumors are small, PTH levels are lower, and PTH and calcium levels can fluctuate from day to day or even within the same day. ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of hyperparathyroidism?

50% of pts have none: Hyperparathyroidism causes an increase in calcium levels in the blood. This can lead to vague symptoms doctors refer to as "stones, bones, groans, and abdominal moans." stones= urinary stones. Bones= osteoporosis and pain. Groans= muscle aches/fatigue. Moans= upset stomach/constipation. Half of patients however may have no symptoms at all. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms you get with hyperparathyroidism?

What are the symptoms you get with hyperparathyroidism?

Bone Pain: Hyperparathyroidism occur because of enlargement of your parathyroid gland. This enlargement leads to overactivity of the PTH hormone. This hormone can cause poor calcium absorption thus leading to a weakened bone structure. With poor bone formation, you can develop bone pain but more importantly fractures. With weakend bones, you can easily break your bones on a simple fall. ...Read more

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What symptoms typically go along with hyperparathyroidism?

Polyuria, stones: Hyperparathyroidism is primary if the gland overproduces on its own, secondary if the cause is hypocalcemia, usually induced by kidney dz. The symptoms can be mild with mild ca increase. The most commom complaint in primary is increased urination, and kidney stones with the complaint of pain. Secondary hyperparathyroidism is part of renal failure and is blamed for the itching with that dz. ...Read more

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I know hyperparathyroidism has consequences. What are they?

Consequences: Parathyroid hormones are responsible for regulating calcium level in blood. The most common cause of hyperparathyroidism is a growth on your parathyroid gland causing overproduction of this hormone. If high, it will raise calcium level in your blood causing osteoporosis, kidney stones, kidney problems, constipation, abdominal pain, bone pain, psychological overtone, fatigue, memory loss... ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Hyperparathyroidism?

Hyperparathyroidism: Hyperparathyroidism = overactivity of 1 or more parathyroid glands with excess production of
parathyroid hormone causing loss of calcium and bone weakness. See: http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/hyperparathyroidism/basics/symptoms/con-20022086 ...Read more

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I've been diagnosed with hyperparathyroidism, what is this exactly?

I've been diagnosed with hyperparathyroidism, what is this exactly?

OveractiveParathyroi: Hyperparathyroidism is when one or more of the Parathyroid gland (there are4 of them) start producing more Parathyroid Hormone.
Parathyroid Hormone control the Calcium level in your blood. As there is more hormone secreted the Calcium level rises as calcium is taken out of the bones and released in the blood stream and causes Osteoprosis. And other symptoms like kidney stones due to elevated Calcium ...Read more

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I have hyperparathyroidism and hypercalcium. I read somewhere that taking Lithium can cause this and I take it every day. Is this true?

Yes it can: Lithium may in some patients lead to increase release od parathyroid hormone and cause hypercalcemia
I will advice you discuss this with your psychiatrist. And endocrinologist
About 25to30% of patients on Lithium develop mildly increase calcium ion concentration.
Incidence of Hyperparathyroidism was found to be 7.5 times higher in those on lithium therapy in a sweedish study vs gen population ...Read more