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Old 03-02-2010, 12:51 PM   #1
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Thyroidectomy and low calcium levels

I know that it is common to have low calcium levels after a thyroidectomy. I went in for what I thought was to be only the removal of a parathyroid adenoma and ended up with a total thyroidectomy.

QUESTIONS:

If a person was once hyperparathyroid and is now hypoparathyroid and takes calcium because of low calcium levels, how much calcium goes back into the bones that was originally being drawn out of the bones because of the hyperparathyroid condition?

Also, I have read that taking calcium citrate is better because it can be absorbed more easily than calcium carbonate; and that with citrate one is less likely to form kidney stones. Can anyone comment on this?

Thanks!

Mary

 
Old 03-02-2010, 04:50 PM   #2
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Re: Thyroidectomy and low calcium levels

I believe the cal citrate is better. I would also suppliment magnesium citrate as well because it's important for calcium metabolism. And to get calcium into the bones you need good levels of vitamin D. Make sure to get that tested and the results really need to be 60-80.

 
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