How would I feel if I had hyperparthyroidism? You could be having hyperparathyroidism symptoms but what you’re actually feeling you probably would not associate with hyperparthyroidism. Here's some examples of what I mean:
I use to feel so tired all the time, I wanted to take a nap every day.
During the work week, at lunch time, I would leave my job every day in
the summer and drive to a nice shaded spot under a tree in the mountains
or a shaded tree in the park or a shaded tree in the parking lot of a
hospital, recline the seat, roll down the windows
and go to sleep. Sometimes, I would fall into a very deep sleep. Fortunate for me, my inner clock worked like a charm! I would tell myself what time I wanted to wake up and I would wake up on my own at that exact time I set in my mind or something would wake me up shortly before the time I’d set in my mind to wake up; like I'd hear a car horn in the distance, or hear someone getting in their car, or a hear small branch from a nearby tree falling on the ground, or a bird singing in a tree I was parked under.
Anyway, I was never late going back to work after my nap and I did feel better but a few hours later I was tired again. I didn’t want to go anywhere after work except straight home and get in the bed. Sometimes that’s exactly what I did and after my second nap of the day, I did my chores around the house.
Here’s the point. I never associated having to take a nap everyday as being a hyperparathyroidism symptom. I just thought I was working so hard I was tired or I thought the reason I was tired was because I wasn’t sleeping through the night; which by-the-way, is another symptom of hyperparthyroidism.
Countless nights I woke up in the middle of the night and couldn’t go back to sleep until about 5:30 in the morning and I had to get up and get ready for work at 6:00 am. I just tossed and turned all night, my mind kept running. Sometimes I thought this was because of pressures on the job and financial concerns but my mind wasn’t always thinking about either of those things. Nope, that wasn't it, it turns out this is a hyperparathyroidism symptom as well.
Forgetfulness and osteoporosis are also hyperparathyroidism symptoms. Of course osteoporosis is a symptom of hyperparathyroidism because hyperparathyroidism causes calcium to be taken out of the bones so if you go a long time without surgery like I did, you will definitely end up with osteoporosis which is the worst of all the hyperparathyroidism symptoms.
My blood pressure was high and so was my cholesterol. I took garlic for both and brought them both back to normal. I chose to deal with these hyperparathyroidism symptoms because in 1989 I didn’t want to have the surgery the doctors were suggesting for reasons explained on my hyparathyroidism page. Click here for the explanation hyperparathyroidism I didn’t know high blood pressure was a symptom of hyperparathyroidism until I had my first kidney stone attack and landed in the hospital.
Kidney stones are a DEFINITE symptom of hyperparathyroidism if your blood’s parathyroid hormone level (PTH) is too high. It’s inevitable you will get kidney stones from hyperparathyroidism. Back in 1989 when I first found out I had hyperparathyroidism, the doctors told me it was considered a silent disease because the only symptom of hyperparathyroidism was kidney stones. They didn’t know I had it until after I landed in the hospital for kidney stones and they tested my PTH level and saw it way too high; that's when they told me my kidney stones were a symptom of hyperparathyroidism.
There was very little information about hyperparthyroidism at that time and still to this day in 2011 there’s not much information out there about it.
I experienced sharp pains in my feet. I’m not talking about the Kidney Stones Symptom in the heels of my feet. I’m talking about a sudden sharp pain that felt like someone was sticking a needle in me which lasting about a minute and would happen anywhere in my feet. It was so painful all I could do was just suffer through it for that minute. It would happen sporadically and I never knew when or where the pain would strike. It was just that I would feel it at any given moment in one of my toes, on top of my foot or in the balls of my feet. Thankfully, I never had this pain occurring in both feet at the same time but I did feel it in both feet at different times. I also felt those same sharp pains in my legs and thighs, they were sporadic, random and lasted about one minute as well well.
Hyperparathyroidism symptoms are no joke! Get yourself checked out, have a blood test done, it takes no time to do. Make sure you ask to have your parathyroid hormone or PTH levels checked; even if you don't have any Hyperparathyroidism symptoms or kidney stones symptoms, if you're having your blood checked for any reason, it's worth getting your PTH done at the same time too. My mother use to say: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!