Parathyroid gland disease causes many problems. At first individuals may be free of symptoms. But as the abnormality persists symptoms occur and they escalate. These may include:

  • premature thinning of the bones (osteopenia)
  • severe bone loss (osteoporosis)
  • bone fractures
  • kidney stones
  • high blood pressure
  • gastric reflux
  • ulcers
  • bone pain
  • cardiac atrial arrhythmias (rare)

Some people may have had high blood calcium for several years before a parathyroid problem is suspected and identified. Many of these individuals will not have any of the major symptoms just described. In fact, many of these people don’t think they have any symptoms at all! Usually however, they will have been experiencing some of the more nonspecific symptoms such as:

  • memory loss
  • low energy
  • vague aches and pains
  • muscle weakness in the legs
  • difficulty with concentration
  • feeling “out of sorts”
  • fatigue

Unfortunately people may often attribute these symptoms to “getting old” or “being out of shape” or “emotional issues” like depression. It is very important that high blood calcium be detected and evaluated. Even a slight elevation of calcium can be an early warning sign that diagnosis and treatment are needed.