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Why, after a thyroid removal and no damage to my parathyroid glands do I need to take 3500mg of calcium every day

By Anonymous October 27, 2010 - 5:04am
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Was informed after recovering from thyrodectomy that my parathyroid had not been damaged, calcium levels (3) has been same for year and a half

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Hi Anonymous,
Thanks for you question and for finding EmpowHER. What was the diagnosis that prompted the removal of your thyroid? Are you taking other medication as well? Are you taking other supplements? The amount of calcium is high, although you should consult with your doctor about why you are taking it and ensure you are doing what you are supposed to be doing for your condition. Were you directed to take it in smaller doses throughout the day? If you are ever unsure why you are taking a particular medicine or supplement, call your doctor and discuss it with them. They and your pharmacist are your best resources for making sure you are properly advocating for your health.
Here is information from our website about calcium:
Good luck and let us know how else we may be able to help you.

October 27, 2010 - 9:22am
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Anonymous (reply to Christine Jeffries)

Thyroid was removed because of multi nodular goitre and I am also on thyroixine, after surgery, I was informed that my parathyroid glands were still intact, although this had never been mentioned prior to surgery, I found this comment rather outlandish, now I find my calcium level is still low (3), GP is baffled, should I question the remarks on my parathyroid glands and would damage to the parathyroid gland cause this condition to be permanant, as doctor has told me to now up my intake to 4000mg from 3000mg. I feel that nobody wants to tell me why this is happening

October 28, 2010 - 4:11am
(reply to Anonymous)

My doctor friend suggested you work closely with your endocrinologist to work this out; he said you definitely should ask about the remarks on your parathyroid glands. Have you directly asked the question to either your GP or an endocrinologist? Don't be afraid to take notes and ask them to fully-explain what is going on and how to get your calcium levels under control. It may help also to print out that info on calcium supplements.
Good luck, and let us know what you find out.

November 12, 2010 - 2:41pm
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Thanks for coming back and giving more information. I'm asking a friend who is a doctor of internal medicine what he suggests to help you advocate for yourself with your doctor. I will get back to you as soon as I hear back from my resource.

November 9, 2010 - 12:46pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I think you should consider contacting your endocrinologist to discuss getting your calcium levels back to an acceptable level. After my complete thyroid removal my calcium levels drop to 8.9 and then bounced back up to a 9.3 within 24 hours without any supplementation. I am on long term calcium supplementation because some studies point to a higher case of osteoporosis with the use of thyroid medication - it is controversial, but I'm 30 years young and think I'd rather take it and be wrong than not take it ... and be wrong.

November 9, 2010 - 12:42am
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