FAQ - Hypoparathyroidism
(Powered by Yahoo! Answers)

Does anyone out there have Hypoparathyroidism and have to take lots of calcium to keep from going into tetany?

Huh? No. See your endocrinologist. Have your levels checked every couple of months.  (+ info)

Can you have hypoparathyroidism and hypothyroidism at the same time?

Of course. The physical proximity of the two organs involved (the four parathyroid nodules actually sit on the thyroid) mean a variety of diseases and disorders can affect both at the same time. The differential diagnosis is a long one, including destructive infectious lesions, cancers, autoimmune disorders, etc.  (+ info)

What causes hypoparathyroidism?

Hi Lynn

Here is your answer and solutions to the issue.

Definition: Hypothyroidism is caused by under active production of thyroid hormone by the thyroid gland.

Symptoms: It is a very common but often overlooked condition with symptoms that include fatigue, weight gain, slowed heart rate, constipation, irritability, sensitivities to cold, mental depression, slowness or slurring of speech, drooping and swollen eyes, swollen face, recurrent infections, increased allergic reactions, headaches, hair loss, brittleness of hair, female problems (such as heavy menstrual flow, painful periods, and premenstrual tension), decreased immune functioning, and calcium metabolism problems. In children, hypothyroidism can also retard normal growth and development. If undiagnosed and untreated, hypothyroidism can cause or contribute to many other recurring or otherwise non-responsive health problems.

Cause: Hypothyroidism can be caused by food allergies, excess stress, environmental toxins, insufficient exercise, B vitamin deficiencies, lack of iron, lack of digestive enzymes, liver disease, hormone imbalances, and/or parasites. All of these factors need to be screened for and addressed before lasting relief can be achieved.

Sulfa drugs, lithium, synthetic estrogen, and antihistamines can exacerbate hypothyroidism symptoms. In addition, if you are on thyroid medication, increase calcium supplementation to reduce the risk of bone loss.

Low thyroid function may also be due to Hashimoto`s disease, a condition in which the body becomes allergic to its own thyroid gland and forms antibodies that attack it, thus lowering thyroid hormone output.

Caution: If you suspect you are suffering from Hashimoto`s disease, consult a physician immediately.


Natural Cures

Broda Barnes Home Thyroid Test: The following simple test was developed by Broda Barnes, one of the first physicians to recognize the widespread incidence of hypothyroidism. Place a thermometer by the side of your bed before you go to sleep. In the morning before getting out of bed, lie still and place the thermometer under your armpit for 15 minutes, then check your temperature. A temperature below 97.5° F may indicate a problem with the thyroid gland. Take the temperature in this manner for three days, except for the first few days of the menstrual cycle and the middle day of the cycle, and calculate the average temperature. If it is consistently low, it is an indicator that your have hypothyroidism. The lower your body temperature is, the greater your degree of hypothyroidism.

Diet: Eat an organic, whole foods diet, emphasizing foods that are naturally high in iodine such as fish, kelp, vegetables, and root vegetables (such as potatoes). Also, increase your daily consumption of foods rich in vitamin B complex, such as whole grains and raw nuts and seeds, and foods rich in vitamin A, such as dark green and yellow vegetables. But avoid foods that slow down production of thyroid hormone, such as cabbage, Brussels sprouts, mustard greens, broccoli, turnips, kale, spinach, peaches, and pears.

Herbs: Mild cases of hypothyroidism can be helped by herbal bitters such as gentian or mugwort, while constipation due to low thyroid function can be improved by yellowdock, butternut, or cascara sagrada. St. John`s wort can also be helpful.

Homeopathy: Calc carb. in a dose of 1M once a day is very useful for treating hypothyroidism and improving overall thyroid function.

Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. We suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments. Please seek the advice of your alternative health care practitioner before undergoing these procedures to make sure they are appropriate for you.
*Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy treatment. Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water offers clear instructions and recommendations.

Lifestyle: Regular aerobic exercise can play an important role in helping to regulate thyroid hormone production.

Nutritional Supplementation: Organic thyroid glandular extracts can help restore normal thyroid function, but should only be used under the supervision of your physician. Other useful nutrients include vitamin A, vitamin B complex, essential fatty acids, iodine, kelp, calcium, magnesium, and zinc.

Alternative Professional Care: If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating hypothyroidism include: Acupuncture, Biofeedback Training, Cell Therapy, Detoxification Therapy, Environmental Medicine, Homeopathy, Magnetic Field Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Osteopathy, Qigong, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Yoga. (See Glossary for descriptions of these Alternative Therapies.)

Best of health to you.

Cheers  (+ info)

my 4 yr old yorkatese is very sick she has hypoparathyroidism they regulated her calcium but now she is not m

she started with diarreha and vomiting and started convulsing. She had a very low calcium level, diagnosed with hypoparathyroidism and now can't matabolize protine and is gravely ill, they want us to put her to sleep. We are desperate she is only 4 years old. This all started when we put her on delta alba plex. Can you please help us

Try to get her some parathyroid hormone.  (+ info)

Symptoms of Hypoparathyroidism?

What are all the symptoms and signs of Hypoparathyroidism? Thanks.

* Tingling lips, fingers, and toes
* Muscle cramps
* Pain in the face, legs, and feet
* Abdominal pain
* Dry hair
* Brittle nails
* Dry, scaly skin
* Cataracts
* Weakened tooth enamel (in children)
* Muscle spasms called tetany (can lead to spasms of the larynx, causing breathing difficulties)
* Convulsions (seizures)

Additional symptoms that may be associated with this disease include:

* Painful menstruation
* Hand or foot spasms
* Decreased consciousness
* Delayed or absent tooth formation

In contrast to hyperparathyroidism (hyperfunction of the parathyroids), hypoparathyroidism does not have consequences for bone.  (+ info)

Anyone else have hypoparathyroidism?

I am 13 years old and I found out i had hypoparathyroidism a month ago. It's devastating for me. Aside from my weak bones and headaches all is good. I also found out that the medication i've been taking is making me lose weight.. or maybe it's not the supplements. But i lost 10 pounds in about a month. I have so many headaches.
Does anyone else have hypoparathyroidism? I would love to chat with anyone who has it..

No, i don't.  (+ info)

Could hypoparathyroidism create same symtoms?

Could hypoparathyroidism create similar symptoms as hyper or hypo thyroidism???

NO the parathroids only effect CA. Symptoms would be related to low CA and thinning of bone.  (+ info)

Gastric Bypass & Hypoparathyroidism?

I am scheduled for a gastric bypass on the 22nd of this month. One caveat: I have surgically induced hypoparathyroidism as a result of thyroid CA treatment 6 years ago. My bariatric physician feels this should not be of concern because my calcium levels are well controlled with 1000 mg CA+ daily along with 0.25 mcg of calcitriol daily and 50,000 IU of Vit D 3x week.

I'd appreciate hearing from other medical professionals about this situation, along with others who may have undergone a bypass with co-existing HPTH.
(The procedure scheduled is a Roux en Y type)

First of All Hypothyroidism and hypoparathyroidism are not the same thing not even remotely related. My hypoparathyroidism was also surgically induced when my throid was taken out. As Long as you show no signs of Tetany and your calcium levels are normal, I would think you will be fine. But be warned if your calcium levels drop you know what can happen so I would talk this over with several physicians before you do this.  (+ info)

Could I have Hypoparathyroidism?

I recently came across Hypoparathyroidism and I have the symptoms like:
painful menstruation
brittle nails
delayed or absent tooth formation (I was born without three adult teeth for example)
I was wondering if it could be possible that I have Hypoparathyroidism. I'm 15 and I was very severely sick from 6 months to around 12 (mostly I haven't been sick since I started homeschooling). I had everything from kidney infections to sinus problems to asthma and so on. I didn't start getting treatment until I was 11. Should I ask my doctor to check if I have Hypoparathyroidism?

  (+ info)

Can hypothyroidism be wrongly diagnosed as hypoparathyroidism?

I have been diagnosed with hypoparathyroidism, but I have NO symptoms of it. When the doc's nurse called to give me the results she told me I had hypothyroidism, the same thing when I talked to the endocrinoligist's receptionist. Then when I went to our doc with my mother who also has been diagnosed with hypothyroidism, I started asking questions about it. That's when the doctor told me that I have hypoparathyroidism. Could he have mistaken? I have absolutely no symptoms of hypoparathyroidism. But I have almost all the symptoms of hypothyroidism. I even have a family history of hypothyroidism. And I don't even know how I could have gotten hypoparathyroidism, I've never even had surgery or radiation therepy or anything!!! I just don't know, I'm so confused!!!

my daughter has hypoparathyroidism, she suffers from leg cramps mainly at night due to low calcium levels, do you have any symptoms like this?  (+ info)

1  2  3  

Leave a message about 'Hypoparathyroidism'

We do not evaluate or guarantee the accuracy of any content in this site. Click here for the full disclaimer.