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Hyperparathyroidism Symptoms


Symptoms of Hyperparathyroidism
The parathyroid glands have no functional relationship to the thyroid gland. When the calcium levels get too high, typically above 10.5, the patient complains of abdominal pain, tiredness, irritability, depression, memory loss, and, sometimes, kidney stones. Many patients, however, have little or no complaints associated with the elevation in calcium. More often than not, hyperparathyroidism is discovered with a routine blood test that finds an elevation in the blood calcium level.

Symptoms of hyperparathyroidism include:
* Confusion, foggy thinking
* Muscle cramps
* A tingling sensation in the hands and feet
* Loss of energy, always tired
* Trouble sleeping, waking up at night
* Feeling bad, but not able to say the reason
* Loss of interest in activities, inability to concentrate
* Changes in personality, more irritable or cranky
* Bone pain, especially in the legs
* Heartburn (GERD)
* Decreased sex drive
* Frequent headaches
* Thinning hair
* Heart palpitations
* High blood pressure
* Depression
* No symptoms at all

Blood calcium levels should never be elevated. Even a slightly elevated calcium level is not normal. People with high normal or slightly elevated calcium levels may still have a diseased parathyroid gland.

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