parathyroid disorders and Lyme sx are remarkably similar

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parathyroid disorders and Lyme sx are remarkably similar

Postby Fin24 » Sun 22 Feb 2009 2:31

I always recommend that when you have a well defined and positively diagnosed condition or illness; or even if its a probable but not proven one; its always a good idea to have other tests run. Ruling in or out other causes of your symptoms or even making sure you dont have another totally different condition is very wise.

For example, just because you have survived breast cancer doesnt mean you wont develop kidney disease.

Parathyroid disorders have similar and even overlapping symptoms with Lyme disease!!

here are some symptoms of Parathyroid problems

Loss of energy. Don't feel like doing much. Tired all the time.
Just don't feel well; don't quite feel normal. Hard to explain but just feel kind of bad.
Feel old. Don't have the interest in things that you used to.
Can't concentrate, or can't keep your concentration like in the past.
Osteoporosis and Osteopenia.
Bones hurt; typically it's bones in the legs and arms but can be most bones.
Don't sleep like you used to. Wake up in middle of night. Trouble getting to sleep.
Tired during the day and frequently feel like you want a nap.
Spouse claims you are more irritable and harder to get along with (cranky, bitchy).
Forget simple things that you used to remember very easily.
Gastric acid reflux; heartburn; GERD.
Decrease in sex drive.
Thinning hair (predominately in older females).
Kidney Stones.
High Blood Pressure (sometimes mild, sometimes quite severe; up and down a lot).
Recurrent Headaches (usually patients under the age of 40).
Heart Palpitations (arrhythmias). Typically atrial arrhythmias.

Most people with hyperparathyroidism will have 4 - 6 of these symptoms. Some will have lots of them. A few people will say they don't have any... but after an operation they will often say otherwise. 95% of people with hyperparathyroidism will have 3 or more of these symptoms. In general, the longer you have hyperparathyroidism, the more symptoms you will develop.

see the overlap??? with Lyme and even dysautonomias etc??

what tests do you need??? blood tests for calcium and PTH levels ( parathyroid hormone)

if both are high you have a pth disorder and should seek an endocrinologist with experience in this.
BUT the level of how high isnt correllated with how bad the sx are. the site below explains what if only one is high etc

you can have slight or subtle changes in sx with bad disease or the reverse--mild disease and severe sx.
( sound familiar??)

persons with Lyme can have PTH disorders and people with PTH disorders can contract Lyme so you can have both making the whole treatment picture a MESS

and what IF the Lyme has triggered the PTH disorder or the pathogens have infected those glands???? ( there are usually 4 rice grain sized pth glands behind and next to the thyroid) we have seen thyroid abnormalities with Lyme so why not these too??

ALL INFO HERE found at this very informative and accurate site ( I took the time to validate with 2 other physiology and endcorine sites) and is a great place to learn more about it

matter of fact, next bloods drawn Im adding those tests to the slip!!! written by Drs experienced with this disorder yet in easy to understand verbage!!!

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Re: parathyroid disorders and Lyme sx are remarkably similar

Postby Seibertneurolyme » Sun 22 Feb 2009 23:01


I agree with your strategy -- rule out everything you can!!!!!!!!!!!!

Just because someone has Lyme or other tickborne illnesses doesn't mean that they can't also have cancer or a heart condition etc.

It seems unlikely that hubby has a parathyroid condition -- his calcium is generally low normal. Never ever been high as far as I know. Last 2 blood draws -- 8.6 on 1/27 when rib was healing and back to 8.8 on 2/17. Normal range 8.7 -10.5

Will read up on this some more, but seems an unlikely diagnosis for hubby.

Thanks for the suggestion though.

Bea Seibert

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Re: parathyroid disorders and Lyme sx are remarkably similar

Postby Fin24 » Sun 22 Feb 2009 23:04

look on that site Bea--they claim you can have normal Ca and the tests for PTH are more definitive--I cant comment if this is correct or not--I dont know enough about it

they say that youre Ca levels may fluctuate and like with Lyme tests that blood draw may not catch the abnormals

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