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High calcium..hyperparathyroid?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • June 5, 2007
  • 09:02 PM

Last year I had an episode of intense itching. All over, and almost like a phantom itching. I'd go to scratch and nothing there. This was so bad I ended up in ER, as I was also having heart palpitations. Diagnosis...severe allergic reaction. To what? Who the heck knows. They put me on steroids and some antihistamine that also does something with anxiety (I think they thought it a panic attack). I was told my histamine levels were through the roof.

Itching subsided, after a couple weeks, then went away entirely...hallelujah.

A month and a half ago the itching began again. As did fatigue. As did mental confusion and heart palpitations. I go again to the doc. He does some blood tests...I come back with everything good (urine tests too) except for High Calcium.

I read that something liek 97% of all high calcium readings mean hyperparathyroidism. I mention this to my doc, who poo poos it. My level wasn't "THAT high." I then tell him I read that it didn't matter it if it was real high...that it should NEVER be high. He looked at me funny, told me time for blood tests to be run again so we can see if the lab made a mistake.

Both of my sisters have had their thyroid either destroyed or removed. One Graves Disease, one for tumors. I mention this. He still seems unfazed.

I then tell him I think I need to see and endocrine specialist, he relented and I do have an appt with one next Wednesday.

I went for an ultrasound of my thyroid and parathyroid today.

So, with a high calcium and symptoms noted:

Itching everywhere, all the time
Emotional rollercoaster
brittle nails
up 6-7 times a night
Trouble focusing on any thing for very long

what do you think?

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  • Trust your gut instinct. It took me 8 years to find this disease and it ruined my body in the mean time. I had parathryoid surgery and had all but 1/2 removed and transplanted the 1/2 into my right forearm.You sound like you do have hyperparathryoidism. Make sure they run a 24 hour urine test and see how much protein your dumping. That can tell you how your kidneys are handling the problem. I also had what is called nephrocalcinosis (hardening of the kidneys). After surgery, I am doing better but I am still having some problems. I just went for a Nuclear Stress test as I failed my first regular stress test. Just wonder if calcium (blood) can build up in the arteries after a lifetime of hypercalcemia? We are going to find out soon.Good luck to you. Let us know what the doctor says.
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