Before I talk about what my post surgery symptoms, I’ll tell you about what symptoms i had before surgery but no longer have since the parathyroid surgery. .
I can walk in regular shoes now, before I had to wear sneakers or any
shoe that had a cushion in them or a soft sole from toe to heel. The
soles needed to be at least a quarter of an inch thick but if it was a
half inch or more, that was even better because the calcium crystals
the heels of my feet were so sharp and painful, I could barely walk. I had to drink chanca piedra tea to help dissolve the calcium crystals so I could stand up. The pain was so bad I could stand on my feet for too long either. Literally, before the surgery and before I found the chanca piedra tea, I couldn’t stand on my feet 15 mins. I had to sit down because it was that painful.
Low energy: I was tired all the time and I had to take a nap every day and sometimes I had to nap twice a day but after the surgery, my energy returned and I don’t have a need to take a nap on a daily basis. Sometimes I do feel the need to take a nap but that’s only when I’ve been up really late at night and get up really early in the morning. I’ll feel a little tired and want to take a short nap on those days but it’s nothing like I felt before I had the surgery.
Low desire to do anything: Before the parathyroid surgery, I didn’t want to go anywhere most of the time. Don’t get me wrong I did go out and partied after work sometimes but I didn’t really have the drive to go out and enjoy myself as much as the average person would when I was in my late 30’s and 40’s. I also had my daughter to take care of so that also played into my desire to stay home as well but in spite of that fact, I didn’t have the energy to go out socializing very much, I just wanted to rest a lot. After the parathyroid surgery, my desire to be active has returned. Now I want to travel more, get out and see more.
After my parathyroid surgery, I no longer have pain in my knees. I am so amazed at how fast the pain has gone away. I remember how my knees felt the day I left the hospital. They felt strange because I wasn’t use to being able to walk without pain in my knees. I was so happy when I got out of the car to go into the Vitamin Shoppe and had to step up the curb and there was no pain; not to mention how super happy I was when I had to step off of the curb to get back into the car to go home and there was no pain. I was so amazed and I was grinning from ear to ear I felt so good! It’s been years since I’ve been able to walk, stand, jump or walk up and down stairs without pain. I’m so thankful and grateful to my doctors and the hospital and all of the staff that helped me when I was in the hospital. I’m so very glad the surgery is over.
That’s the positive side of having the parathyroid surgery. Now, let’s talk about my post surgery symptoms.
The first post surgery symptoms I noticed was whenever I bent over, I felt pain in my head. It was not a head ache like most people get, it was pain that only occurred whenever I bent over to pick up something or if I coughed or sneezed or laughed too hard. The moment I was standing or sitting erect the pain would go away. I told each of my doctors about these post surgery symptoms I was having and I was sent for testing.
I had MRI, MRV, MRA, CV and a few other scans of my head. All of these tests turned out negative! Thank God! HOWEVER, I was still experiencing the pain.
I had to find out what was causing me to have these post surgery symptoms so I began my own research and found out about DHA.
In May, 2011 I attended an Advanced Food Healing Conference and one of the things discussed there was DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid. I learned that our brains are made of fat and half of that fat is DHA.
This is what Wikipedia says about DHA: “Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is an omega-3 fatty acid that is a primary structural component of the human brain and retina. Cold-water oceanic fish oils are rich in DHA. Most of the DHA in fish and complex organisms with access to cold-water oceanic foods originates in photosynthetic and heterotrophic microalgae, and becomes increasingly concentrated in organisms, as they move up the food chain. DHA is also commercially manufactured from microalgae; Crypthecodinium cohnii and another of the genus Schizochytrium. DHA manufactured using microalgae is vegetarian.”
OOOH Kay, I started thinking, maybe that’s what I need. Maybe when I
under went sedation during the surgery,
it maybe that whatever they used to sedate me depleted some of the DHA
around the cells of my brain? I don’t have any factual knowledge that
that is what actually happened to me; and the doctors
don’t have any idea what was causing this unusual type of pain in my head so, all I knew was, I was still having the pain and I needed to get rid of it.
So now I’m listening even more intently to the speaker and I’m also thinking omega-3 fatty acid is very healthy for you and since our brain cells are surrounded with DHA, I’m going to give it a try; so I started taking DHA. That was in May, it’s now November, 2011. Before I started taking DHA, whenever I bent forward ever so slightly, I would feel the pain in my head. In July 2011, I began to notice I could bend over and as far as my waist and I didn’t feel any pain. I also noticed I could laugh without feeling any pain.
So I still take DHA every day and I don’t feel any pain in my head when I bend over. I can bend down and pick up something off of the floor and I can laugh without feeling any pain.
Last but not least, here's another one of my post surgery symptoms. My tongue became swollen about 3 months after surgery. I didn’t know it was swollen until I one day I was talking to someone and as I was speaking I noticed the sides of my tongue was rubbing against my teeth and it hurt too. I didn’t have any cold sores on my tongue and I hadn't bitten my tongue either so I couldn’t understand why that was happening.
I have been able to reduce the swelling but this is one post surgery symptom I have not been able to completely resolve yet.
My tongue was swollen for about 8 months and I figured out that the vitamin D3 prescription the doctor had me taking was causing the swelling because it is not a natural vitamin D3 it is synthetic and my prescription was for 50,000 IU's in one small green pill which I had to take once a week. I had to stop taking it. I had to get out my thinking cap again and find out about natural sources of Vitamin D3
Of course, I told the doctors about my tongue but none of them know what's causing these post surgery symptoms so I'm still researching and will let you know what I find out once I figure out how to get rid of this annoying post surgery symptom.