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Question regarding Calcium - post thyroidectomy
Does anyone know what the normal range of calcium should be? My calcium has been out of wack since my thyroidectomy a week ago and I have no idea what the norm is. Mine was 8.2 last week and I am awaiting the results of the one I had drawn today. As always thank you!!
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I had big calcium issues after having my thyroid out, due to cancer. 8-10 is a normal calcium range. You look good to me. Your body my be adjusting to losing the parathyroids. The ones left will have to make up the difference so I bet it wil take some time for your body to feel right again.#1; Sat, 15 Dec 2007 14:03:00 GMT
- Sometimes this happens. Calcium and also potassium inbalance after surgery. It's common. Usually if it happens they give you supplements after surgery. I was given calcium and potassium the day after surgery and had to take it for quite a few days. Has your dr. mentioned taking a calcium supplement? Usually, because the throat is a bit sore, they give it to you in liquid form, instead of pill form. Also labs differ, what she posted was just an average range for calcium, according to my lab you'd be on the low side. My lab range for calcium is 8.5-10.4 So again all labs differ. Hope this helps.
[This message has been edited by lisaa (edited 07-31-2003).]#2; Sat, 15 Dec 2007 14:04:00 GMT
You probably already know this, but you can watch for symptoms of your calcium getting TOO low. Some of the symptoms are: cramping of the hands and feet, hands "drawing in", numbness around the mouth or jaw, teeth chattering, and twitches. I also had thyroid surgery a little over a week ago and was told to watch for these symptoms because my calcium was a little low when I left the hospital.
Hilery#3; Sat, 15 Dec 2007 14:05:00 GMT
- Hilery...when did you have your surgery? I had mine on 7/23 and am feeling pretty good now...Still have the ster-strips on so I have no idea how it looks...I am a little sore and have quite the stiff neck but other than that, I am doing OK. Hope you are doing well too..#4; Sat, 15 Dec 2007 14:06:00 GMT
I had my surgery on the 22nd. This was my 2nd surgery (I had my 1st surgery 2 weeks before that), so I was in a lot more pain this time. The last couple days I have felt much better, though. I, also, have a stiff neck. I just took my steri strips off today. My incision looks pretty good, but it feels like I have a lot of scar tissue under it. I'm hoping some of it is just swollen and maybe it will go away. Is yours still swollen? Mine is swollen up to about an inch above my incision and a little below it.
I'm glad you're feeling better.
Hilery#5; Sat, 15 Dec 2007 14:07:00 GMT
- Mine is still pretty swollen and red...I still have my steri strips on so it is hard to tell exactly what it looks like...I want the darn things to come off already...I have a wedding to attend tomorrow and the strips still have blood on them and are peeling up...Quite unsightly..LOL...In time they will I guess...Best of luck to you#6; Sat, 15 Dec 2007 14:08:00 GMT