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Parathyroid calcium problems after surgery

PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2009 7:04 pm
by Val
I have papillary cancer, it has not at all been what I thought it would be... From the very beginning things have been like don't worry it is 95% not cancer to it is the "good cancer" and very curable. After my surgery, (total) my calcium levels tanked after 2 days and I ended up at the ER with tingling in hands, legs, lips and every muscle contracting! It was very scary, I stayed in the hospital 3 days trying to get my levels up. It was 7 and should have been at least 8. I guess I had the complication of parathyroid malfunction during the surgery. I was given lots of IV drip calcium but my body wouldn't absorb it. My magnisium, phospherous, potassium and calcium were all messed up. Has anyone else had this problem?

Re: Parathyroid calcium problems after surgery

PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2010 10:01 pm
by kmarshall
Your parathyoid glands are right next to the thyroid....there are four of them. Damaging the parathyroid is a complication from thyroid surgery. Unfortunatly, this does happen but not very often. If your parathyroids are damage you may have to take supplements. I sorry this had to happen. I hope things have leveled off. How are you doing now? any improvment? :(