Apr 04, 2002 - 8:14 pm
I am posting this in case someone reads this before having surgery. I had a small thyroid tumor that was papillary cancer found this year. The surgeon was a general surgeon that did the biopsy. They did not warn me that I could lose my parathyroid glands in surgery. The parathyroids are right behind the thyroid gland and are responsible for supply calcium to the muscles and nerve endings. We do not have a synthetic parathyroid hormone to replace this and the only treatment is large doses of calcium and Prescription Vit. D. This disorder is hard to regulate - stress or sickness can cause the patient to have a drop in calcium. Complications include: numbness of the face, feet, and hands, muscle spasms of the entire body including the heart, burning and tingling and muscle pain, cataracts, and worst cases seizures. See www.hypoparathyroidism.org. The only treatment for the post surgery for cancer disorder can lead to kidney damage or failure. I wanted you all to know so that if you have cancer of the thyroid - go see an endo and let them recommend the surgeon - who does thyroid removals on a regular basis.