While less than 5% of people with parathyroid disease claim they do not have symptoms and feel fine when the initial diagnosis is made, close to 100% of parathyroid patient will actually say they feel better after the parathyroid problem has been cured. This obviously proves that they had symptoms in the first place, but just did not know it.
What can we take away from this? Nearly all patients with parathyroid problems have symptoms.
Sometimes, the symptoms are not obvious. Examples of this include high blood pressure and the inability to concentrate. However, in other cases, the symptoms are really obvious. A great example of this is kidney stones, which in 10% of all cases actually turns out to be a sign of parathyroid disorder.
If your parathyroid gland is enlarged, it can cause your body to produce too much parathyroid hormone. This, in turn, may lead to too much calcium in the urine. As a result, you are likely to suffer from calcium kidney stones.
Kidney stones are stones that form in the kidneys. Although there are many types of kidney stones, calcium makes up one of the most common types of the disease. When blood calcium levels are high, it can combine with other chemicals in the body to form stones in the kidneys. Typically, people will pass or urinate out the stones. However, in some cases, stones will get stuck, and may require an operation to remove them.
If you get kidney stones because of enlarged parathyroid glands, your doctor may suggest surgery to remove one or more of the glands. The surgeon will make an incision in the front of your neck, locate the parathyroid glands, determine their size, and remove any gland that is enlarged. A successful surgery will decrease the frequency of developing new kidney stones.
If you have kidney stones, schedule a consultation with parathyroid expert Dr. Larian by calling 310-461-0300 today!