How do I know if I have parathyroid disease?
Your doctor may diagnose parathyroid disease using blood tests.
Imaging tests such as ultrasound, bone densitometry, body CT and/or body MRI may be used to assess any complications from the disease.
Treatment options include surgery, medication, dietary supplements and monitoring..
What happens if parathyroid disease goes untreated?
The effects of hyperparathyroidism can result in other health concerns, if left untreated. In addition to kidney stones and osteoporosis, older patients may physical symptoms including depression, mood changes, fatigue, muscle, and bone aches and pains, or even cardiac dysrhythmias.
Is parathyroid disease serious?
Is parathyroid disease serious? Hyperparathyroidism is a serious disease that becomes very destructive with time. Over time, it can lead to problems throughout the body, including osteoporosis, high blood pressure, kidney stones, kidney failure, stroke, and cardiac arrhythmias.
How is parathyroid disease treated?
Parathyroid glands rarely develop cancer, but the enlarged gland must be removed because it increases calcium in the blood. Medication cannot control the calcium levels. Surgery is the only treatment. People can function normally with only ½ of 1 parathyroid gland.
Does parathyroid affect your weight?
In some instances, weight loss occurs following parathyroid surgery. Hyperparathyroidism patients sometimes experience chronic fatigue, which makes them less active and more prone to weight gain.
Can you feel a parathyroid tumor in your neck?
Possible signs of parathyroid cancer include weakness, feeling tired, and a lump in the neck. Most parathyroid cancer symptoms are caused by the hypercalcemia that develops.