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Calcium deficiency

catladysue237
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Has anyone had trouble with their calcium not coming back after TT? I am taking 6000 mg per day just to keep it at the minimum level. I think the ENT must have taken both parathyroids.

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alapah
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There are actually four parathyroids. When was your surgery? If it was not too long ago, might be that the remaining one or ones is/are stunned and will come back on their own. That does happen. I hope it's that and not a true loss of all parathyroid function. Have you asked your doc about it?

CherylMike
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Joined: Oct 2009

When the ENT removed my thyroid he damaged one of my parathyroids. He cut it up and sewed it into a muscle. It took a long time for the parathyroids to work again. However, they did and I now take just one calcium tablet a day versus the nine a day I took previously. Have you tried cutting down on the calcium? You will know if you need it because your hands will start to tingle. I would ask your doctor about your parathyroids (if they were damaged during your TT).

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alapah
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my surgeon did the same thing with one of my parathyroids - though i believe he crushed it and implanted it in the muscle. like science fiction!

CherylMike
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Not sure if he crushed or chopped but it really is strange stuff!!

teamwink
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Joined: May 2011

I had severe trouble with parathyroids (mine are still there, but the doc described them as "pissed off" at the surgery). They were so severely damaged that I was in the hospital for almost a week after my TT. It took a good 6-8 weeks post op until they began to start functioning at any level - I thought it would NEVER happen. Hang in there, and keep taking the calcium and D (and whatever else they have you on :)... I know it it tough, but most likely they will begin working.

sunnyaz
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Joined: Oct 2010

They can play havoc on you. I also had one damaged in surgery. My ENT screwed up and almost removed it. He did the crush and pin it back in routine also. I never had any repercussions however. I feel lucky in that respect.

nasher
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Joined: Apr 2010

check your medical record they should have a full diagnosis about if they took any parathyroid tissue.

on myself i lost 2 of my 4 parathyroids and have to take a low level of calcium daily to keep me in normal but i still have to supplement.

catladysue237
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Joined: Mar 2011

The TT was in April. I did crash from calcium deficiency which was how they knew. In and out of hospital 3 times. I've tried reducing calcium but all I can get it down to is 10 per day to keep it at the minimum level. GOD, I am so sick of taking calcium and vitamin D. The worst part is you cannot take calcium within 4 hours of your thyroid meds. Try timing that out!

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