Apr 05, 2002 - 12:01 am
I had papillary cancer of the thyroid and had my thyroid removed on Feb. 19 - I am now hypoparathyroid. I lost my parathyroid glands in surgery and have lost a part of my health that will never fully return. They do not make a synthetic for the parathyroid hormone. The only treatment is Prescription Vit D and calcium in large doses and this can lead to kidney damage. You can have numbness in your face, feet, and hands, muscle spasms and cramps, cataracts, and seizures in worst cases. If anyone diagnosed with thyroid cancer reads this make sure that you have an endo recommend him - when in doubt - get a second opinion on the surgeon. I would give everything that I own to have my parathyroid glands back. My lips are numb and my legs just hurt and I am reading in the normal calcium range- with the meds. It is not a great fix on the medicene - it is extremely sad.