advertisement
Question
Posted by: Anna | 2019/11/11

Hypoparathyroidism after total thyroidectomy

Hi, I had a total thyroidectomy in July '18 for PTC. The surgeon also found an adenoma on one of the parathyroids and took it out. He's very experienced and has done complex procedures so I haven't had a reason to believe he botched anything (but I wouldn't know). According to him 3 parathyroids were still left. Right after surgery I took lots of calcium and calcitriol because otherwise I would have low calc. The doc told me to taper the calcium, so I brought it down to 500mg a day, but after 2 months of surgery I noticed that around the time of my periods I get bad pins and needles (in my face and hands mostly). 4 months post surgery I had a seizure (I wasn't taking the supplements properly). So a year later I'm on 1200/day + 0.25mg calcitriol. I feel fine but I get tingles during periods sometimes still. PTH is low but detectable (even when calcium is low). Am I to lose hope that parathyroids will ever work again? Will tapering calcium slowly help to see or is it a risk?

Not what you were looking for? Try searching again, or ask your own question

Have your say

Thanks for commenting! Your comment will appear on the site shortly.
Thanks for commenting! Your comment will appear on the site shortly.
advertisement