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Symptoms of Parathyroid Disease

Symptoms of parathyroid disease arise from the high calcium in the blood stream. Symptoms of parathyroid disease include: tiredness, lethargy, lack of concentration, aches and pains, thirst, nocturia (getting up at night to pee) and abdominal cramps.

High levels of calcium in the urine may lead to kidney stones and renal colic. Continued loss of calcium from the bones into the urine may result in osteoporosis (especially in women).

Many patients attribute the symptoms to "over work" or "getting older" and so often the diagnosis is delayed or not made.

Hyperparathyroidism is confirmed by simple blood testing by your GP or specialist. High calcium and PTH levels are diagnostic and referral to a specialist is needed.

With modern surgical techniques and the fact that it is often possible to perform the operation under local anaesthetic all patients should be considered for parathyroidectomy. Unfortunately this is not the case and many patients are never referred for consideration of surgery.