Whenever I talked about problems I had with hyperparathyroidism and how
it's related to the hyper activity of my Parathyroid Gland, people
immediately assumed I was talking about my Thyroid Gland.
Most people have never heard of the Parathyroid Glands, they think we only have a Thyroid gland. That is not the case and they are not the same glands. Each has its own function.
Parathyroid Glands are small sebaceous glands that sit behind the thyroid gland. There are 4 of them. Sometimes, there are more than 4 and they can possibly be located in the chest area as well as behind the thyroid gland. Take a look at this picture to get an idea of what the Parathyroid Glands and the Thyroid Glands look like and notice how close they are located to each other.
Parathyroid glands regulate the sun rays that soak into your skin and convert them into Vitamin D. This is an important function because your body needs Vitamin D to help absorb calcium into the bones.
Calcium is needed in our blood system to aid the electrical pulse of our heartbeat and of course, help maintain our skeletal structure among other things. The body stores calcium in our bones so when it's needed in the blood system, it removes it from our bones at a level that is not harmful to our bones.
The level of calcium in the blood is regulated by the parathyroid hormone (PTH) which is emitted from the Parathyroid Glands.
Hyperparathyroidism occurs when the PTH level in the blood is too high. An elevated level of PTH is the indicator that you have hyperparathyroidism because one or more of your Parathyroid Glands are over active or hyperactive. It’s revved up and the gland is swollen. That or those swollen glands are also called a tumor. Many doctors call a tumor an adenoma.
When the parathyroid gland is hyperactive, it sends a message to the brain telling it there's not enough calcium in the blood. The brain tells the Parathyroid Glands to pull calcium from the bones and place it in the blood system. Our kidneys act as a filters and when there’s too much calcium in our blood, it removes the excess calcium from the blood system and brings it into the kidneys.
Calcium can be flushed out with water if a person drinks a lot of water around the clock before it becomes a kidney stone. However, if you’re not drinking enough water and the calcium mixes with oxalate acid from foods you eat like tomatoes, broccoli, cooked spinach, dairy foods, and carbonated drinks like soda and also mineral water, then the combination of calcium and oxalate acid fuse together and form calcium kidney stones. Drinking plenty of water (no mineral water) also flushes the oxalate acid out of your kidneys too. Calcium is a mineral and this mineral and oxalate acid love each other, they stick together like glue.
Some kidney stones are small enough that they pass through the Ureter with no problem and you don’t even know you had a stone. Other kidney stones become too large to pass through the Ureter tube and out of the body when you urinate. Once the kidney stone touches the walls of the Ureter, that’s when you feel the pain and OH HOW YOU FEEL THE PAIN. When this happens it becomes necessary to have surgery unless you know how to dissolve kidney stones.
There are many ways to dissolve kidney stones but it was not so easy trying to find out how to cure my Hyperparathyroidism. I read everything I could get my hands on regarding the parathyroid glands but the information was very limited and the Doctors' answer to resolve the hyperactivity was to remove the hyper active parathyroid gland(s) through surgery. They told me there is no cure for hyperparathyroidism; that was back in the late 1980’s. Today, doctors still don’t have a cure for the hyperactivity of a parathyroid gland(s) without performing surgery.
If you have hyperparathyroidism and you must have surgery. Check out minimally invasive surgery. Make sure the surgeon has experience performing any kind of parathyroid surgery regardless of whether or not you get minimally invasive surgery. For more information about minimally invasive surgery click here parathyroid surgery scroll down the page and watch the video on parathyroid surgery.