Hyperparathyroidism occurs when one of the parathyroids develops a tumor which makes too much parathyroid hormone leading to high blood calcium levels and unwanted health issues. Typical symptoms include fatigue, bad memory, kidney stones, and osteoporosis. As the disease progresses IT MAY lead to arteriosclerosis, too much calcium being deposited in the arteries and blood stream, heart attack, stroke, and kidney failure.
As parathyroid expert, Dr. Norman says “…make no mistake about it, hyperparathyroidism kills people–it just takes 20 years to do so. We have taken care of tens of thousands of people with primary hyperparathyroidism and we can’t remember seeing a patient who had this disease for more than 25 years. We have only seen a handful who have lived 20 years with a parathyroid tumor. They have all died of heart failure, breast or prostate cancer, kidney failure, stroke or heart attack.”
Elevated blood calcium levels as demonstrated on a lab test, even high normal (above 10 for an adult) shouldn’t be brushed off as “everything is ok” as many lab tests are. If your calcium is high, please make sure your doctor does the follow up tests.
I continue to find elevated or high normal blood calcium levels in many of my fibro and CFS/ME patients, often they had had past labs that showed elevated levels-again simply ignored by their past doctors.
I’ve referred several patients who needed surgery to Dr. Norman clinic in Tampa Florida. Without a doubt he is the best. You don’t want someone poking around in your neck unless they know what they are doing! All my patients have done well post surgically and give the doctors and staff high marks.
James Norman, MD, FACS, FACE, is recognized as one of world’s foremost experts on parathyroid disease. Dr Norman is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and also a Fellow of the American College of Endocrinology (FACE). He is recognized as the inventor of minimally invasive radio-guided parathyroid surgery in the mid 1990s, and is credited with dramatically changing the way parathyroid surgery is performed. Dr Norman has performed over 18,000 mini-parathyroid operations.
You can learn more about Hyperparathyroidism on Dr. Normans site www.parathyroid.com