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This is to add a strong second to one notice I have seen on this site to chronic kidney stone sufferers. If you have suffered repeated episodes of renal calculi buildup and passing kidney stones, it is advisable that you have your doctor run a simple blood test for hyperparathyroidism, an until recently little known condition that causes high blood calcium and a myriad of other symptoms including, but not limited to, depression, hypertension, loss of energy and interest, short temper, and even emotional instability. Many people suffer from this condition and do not know it, and many doctors are still unaware of it.
Check for Hyperparathyroid
I see many of the folks in the Kidney stones area are reocurring sufferers. Some of them should ask their doctors to check them for Hyperparathyroid. You have four to six small rice size glands that sit close to the thyroid. These glands regulate calcium in the blood. Primay hyperparathyroid is caused by a tumor. Secondary hyperparathyroid is caused by a lack of vitamin D. Ask your physician to check your PTH (parathyroid hormone) and blood calcium. Sometimes you have to have a tumor removed and sometims all you need is extra vitamin D.
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About 4 years ago I started having kidney stones. My blood calcium was out of wack. My doctors tested my parathyroid hormone level and it was sky high. According to the specialist who removed my bad parathyroid gland, there are 4 of them located on the back of the thyroid. After the surgery my PTH levels returned to normal with the other 3 gland going back on line (so to speak). The doctors kept monitoring me for stones and until last Wednesday (09/24/2009) I had not suffered an attack for two years. X-rays had been clear for over a year. I have not had a chance to try some of the remedies yet but will be doing so in the hope of dissolving the one blocking my left kidney. Doctors put a stent in on 09/28/2009. Thanks for the information and suggestions.
I have suffered from kidney stones since my late teens. My dad had also, eventually he passed suffering a long list of complications. Long story but come to find out I was diagnosed with a rare genetic syndrome. The HPT(Hyperparathyroidism) is only the beginning, it's called MEN I (Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia type I). The best specialist to see is an Endocrinologist. MD Anderson treats this condition. I'll gladly answer any questions anyone might have, some patients suffer a long time before they get a clear diagnosis. Thanks.