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hypothyroid and hyperparathyroid

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  • Posted By: alexburton
  • April 24, 2008
  • 07:32 PM

i've been tested extensively for my thyroid but always comes up normal. Every Doc i've been too looks and feels my neck and goes "hmm" lets test your thyroid.

i'm with another md now and i was going over my blood tests and my calcium is out of range high. Knowing my other endorcrine problems(hypopituatarism) you think the Doc would have mentioned it to me but nope.

so i'm thinking with high calcium if i could possibly be hyperparathyroid? Can someone have hyperparathyroid without having hypothyroidism?

i have all the symptoms..weak bones, fatigue, can't concentrate, can't sleep, heartburn.

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  • Yes is the answer to your question, and you should NEVER have high levels of calcium in your body. Tell them you demand them to look into that. Let us know how things work out. Good luck, Kiera
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  • Yes is the answer to your question, and you should NEVER have high levels of calcium in your body. Tell them you demand them to look into that. Let us know how things work out. Good luck, Kierathanks for the responsecould my calcium be high cuz of taking TUMS antacids? I know they have calcium in them.my doc didn't even mention the high calcium. i had to ask for my results and i looked at them and saw the high calcium. Time for another new doc i think.
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  • Hey Axel, The body does a great job regulating calcium. When levels are to low and there is usualy a problem with the parathyroid glands being underactive (hypoparathyroidism), the body adjusts and simply takes calcium from the bones. When the body has to much calcium (hyperparathyroidism) it is most likely caused by overactivity in the same glands, but the body has no way of getting the calcium out of the body and that is why it can be found in elevated levels in the blood. It is not likely that tums is the cause. Find a new doctor or confront the one you have now by asking him why you have elevated calcium levels. Read up on hypercalcemia and hyperparathyroidism by searching in google. There is alot of info out there... Good luck Kiera
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  • Hyperparathyroid is the most likely cause of high calcium levels in your blood (hypercalcemia). But cancer is a common cause of it too. Either way you should get it checked out. Get your parathyroid hormone (PTH) levels checked. PTH increases your blood calcium by pulling it off your bones, increasing absorption from your diet and slowing down excretion in your kidneys.As a temporary relief you could up your salt and water intake. Sodium excretion is tied to calcium excretion so having to excrete more sodium will cause calcium excretion as a side effect. Water is important as dehydration is a big problem in hypercalcemia. Don't go crazy though, you don't want to overload your body fluids. I don't think you should limit calcium or vitamin d in your diet as more calcium will just be pulled off your bones.
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  • If you have symptoms of hyperparathyroidism in addition to a pituitary disorder, you should ask your doctor about Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Type 1 (MEN1). It's an inherited disorder and causes problem with the endocrine system, affecting the pituitary and parathyroid glands, as well as the pancreas. I think genetic testing is required for diagnosis. This could explain all of your problems and give your doctor a better idea of how to treat it.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 11, 2008
    • 00:51 PM
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  • I would only add that when my test results a year ago showed high calcium levels, I was referred to an endocrinologist who determined mine was caused by Vitamin D deficiency. After 8 weeks of a high weekly dose of prescription D3, I have been taking 1,000 to 2,000 UI daily. It has helped, but I do believe my thyroid meds need adjusting. Latest labs for T were 3.13.
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    • November 16, 2009
    • 03:00 AM
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