I thought it was just MenopauseBy
Here I am getting closer to 50 and suddenly I start to gain weight for no reason, I have a “tummy” now where before I had a relatively flat stomach even though I’ve always battled with weight due in part to my chronic Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. “Info on Hashimoto’s Throiditis from Woman’s Health” (Just like Oprah. I would wish for something else to have in common with Oprah if I got a choice)
The rest of my symptoms weren’t much fun either!
- I couldn’t sleep more than a few hours in a row without waking.
- I was a bit depressed even though my relationship with my boyfriend turned fiance’ turned husband and two fabulous almost grown daughters was the joy of my life.
- Lack of energy and tired even through I couldn’t sleep for very long
- I started loosing strength when I was working out
- I started having aches and pains in strange places
- Digestion issues
- Higher blood pressure than ever in my life.
- Feeling that something just was NOT right in my body
All of these symptoms didn’t start at once but over the span of the last 2 years they have gotten more pronounced along with a “pending doom” type of feeling that unfortunately lots of women I know have with a greater frequency than our male counterparts.
I also have arthritis in my joints so whatever aches and pains I wasn’t associating with Menopause I figured were that. So… I decided to go and get a physical and get set up to see a Orthopedic doc to see if having a hip replacement was eminent and maybe that was the reason I was feeling sort of miserable more and more.
Blood tests revealed that I had a VERY high level of calcium in my blood, elevated to the point of hypertension blood pressure, my lady doc is looking at me with that concerned look… yikes! What is happening now. She explains that she needs to run parathyroid blood tests on me as she suspects something. What now? Being at the doctors office has the ability to make you panic before you even know what is going on.
Next blood test shows that my parathyroid numbers are all sky high which tells her she was right in her diagnosis I have hyperparathyroidism. YIKES! The longest word ever.
Hyperparathyroidism is a condition where 1 or all of your 4 glands develops a tumor on it which is excreting lots of calcium into your blood stream causing all of the symptoms above. You mean I might not have to be miserable until the end of time? WOW… I’m excited and scared at the same time.
She tells me I’ll have to have the tumor removed and quickly explains that 99% of the time the tumor is NON-Malignant (no cancer) and that I’ll need to see an Endocrinologist next.
Look for part 2 of this series to join with me in this my pursuit of health! Appointment with the Endo next week!
No it was NOT just Menopause!
Resources about Hyperparathyroidism:
- The National Endocrine & Metabolic Diseases Info Center
- Hyperparathyroid Wiki
- Mayo Clinic on Hyper Parathyroid Disease (My doc recommended this one)
- Endocrine Web
“Parathyroidectomy“Parathyroidectomy is surgery to remove parathyroid glands or parathyroid tumors. Parathyroidectomy is recommended when one or more parathyroid glands are producing excessive amounts of parathyroid hormone.