Parathyroid Problems

I've been having quite a time of it lately with my aging body. I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer Stage 1, Grade 2 because I was "fortunate" enough to have a rapidly growing ovarian tumor increase to the size of a large pumpkin; otherwise, I'd probably never have caught it early.

So, I had the tumor removed in July, 2015 and went on to chemotherapy in October. Before my first session I had my blood tested and alarm bells went off when my calcium level was at 11. That's too high. Normal calcium levels top out at 10.5.

My chemo doctor referred me to an endocrinologist there at the cancer center, telling me it was very likely I have hyperparathyroidism.

I went online to research and here's what I've found out:

  • The parathyroid glands don't have anything to do with thyroid function. They're called parathyroid because they are located so close to the thyroid gland.
  • If your calcium level goes up past 10.5 it is almost always because the parathyroid is making too much calcium and the reason a parathyroid gland will produce too much calcium is because:
  • There is a tumor growing on the gland.
  • A parathyroid tumor is benign 99.9% of the time.
  • Only surgery to remove the tumor will cure hyperparathyroidism.

Sometimes something like dehydration will cause the calcium level to rise, but the vast majority of the time a tumor on one or two parathyroids is the cause.

For more information about hyperparathyroidism, there is an excellent website called parathyroid.com where you will find everything you want to know about the disease.
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