post parathyroid surgery- questions

post parathyroid surgery- questions

Posted in the Endocrinology Forum


Worcester, MA

#1 Sep 30, 2012
I had parathyroid surgery almost two weeks ago. I had 3.5 glands removed due to hyperplasia. I am on extra srength tums-750mg 2 tabs 4 times a day and calitriol 0.25 mcg? once in the morning.

I had my calcium and pth taken a few days ago. My pth was 15 (range 12-60) and my ionized calcium 5.3 (range 4.6-5.3).

I am having a diffcult time understanding these numbers. If my pth is low, why is my ionized calcium at the high range. How long do I need to take all the Tums, which is killing my upper stomach or can I swtich to a different form of calcium? I have a slow transit colon and tums does not help.

My surgeon told me to see my endocrinologist, who really didn't tell me anything except to keep taking the drugs and come back in two months!!! I am wondering if I developed hypoparathyroidism and will need to take these drugs forever or if is temporary due to the surgery and if so, how long before yuor pth kicks in.

Lastly, I have a golf size lump on my neck where the surgery was done and nobody seems to say anything about it.

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