Secondary Hyperparathyroidism, calcium deficiency and irritability

Not eating regularly is bad for mental health. Avoiding food groups is also not good for health in general because trace nutrient deficiencies can impact many areas of the body.

It turns out that some of my mystery symptoms may be due to secondary hyperparathyroidism – and irritability is one of the symptoms. Other symptoms can include fatigue, heart arrhythmia (heart palpitations), Atrial Fibrillation (rapid heart rate), hair loss, and itching. The list seemed eerily familiar.

Secondary hyperparathyroidism can be due to deficiency of calcium and/or vitamin D. To skip to the point РI started taking calcium supplements yesterday and today and I am already feeling somewhat better. Potentially my hair may start growing back within six months of improved calcium intake.  And maybe my early stage bone loss, osteopenia, will improve too.

And I made an appointment with my family physician too, and will eventually call the endocrinology office but it is a little unsettling to be told you have an elevated lab value several months after the blood work was done. I had been informed about some of the labs and didn’t think to ask if there were any other results. My hyperparathyroid hormone level was two to ten times higher than the normal range — June 15 — grouchy, yes, but soon I hope to start feeling better and less grouchy. My heart symptoms are more rapid than irregular, and I have to stop or slow down to get the heart rate to slow down, and it was less of a problem today than yesterday. So sometimes old news is still good news – or at least useful news.

/Disclosure: This information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes./


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