A Medical Problem; Why I have been missing
I know it it not unusual for me to disappear for weeks and even months at a time, so no one probably noticed my absence for the past few days.
About 18 months ago my primary care physician noticed that my blood calcium levels were increasing, but not out of the normal range. By six months ago they were above normal. High blood calcium causes muscle weakness, interferes with nerve function, including brain function (ability to think straight, shortened attention span, short term memory problems, decreased tolerance for "fools", etc.), promote growth of kidney stones, causes constant feelings of tiredness, interferes with sleep, greater tendency to form blood clots, greater risk of stroke, and other things. In general one feels lousy. The cause for high blood calcium is an overactive parathyroid gland.
Parathyroid glands do one thing: bring calcium into the blood. The source is bone. There are four parathyroid glands normally found on the back side of the thyroid gland. Each parathyroid gland is normally the size of a grain of rice. Normally when blood calcium levels are within the normal range, the parathyroid glands stop producing the parathyroid hormone, and when blood calcium levels drop below the normal range, production of the parathyroid hormone resumes.
Sometimes something happens, and even now it is discussed in this way by experts, and one of the parathyroid glands begins to grow, pumping out parathyroid hormone without normal control. People of ages 12 into their 90's may have this happen. Approximately 1 to 2 out 1000 people will develop this condition. It strikes women about twice as often as men. Hyperparathyroidism leads to osteoporosis. (Because I am paralyzed from the stomach down and so am confined to a wheelchair I was already fighting bone loss from the pelvic bone and femurs.)
The only treatment for this hyperparathyroidism is surgical removal of the overgrown gland. Almost immediately upon removal, the person feels much better; back to normal.
On July 1 I had my overactive parathyroid removed. In a simple case the surgery takes maybe 30 minutes. My case was known to be more difficult going in. Even then the surgery was more difficult and lasted much longer than expected, but people who talked to me later that day said I sounded much stronger. I was released the next day.
I certainly do not think I am an overly important member of this forum, but I am one among many. Given the estimates I have seen for the number of Router Forum members, it is a virtual certainty that there are several other members of this Forum who have this same problem. I want others who have any of the symptoms I listed earlier to be aware of them and perhaps seek medical advice.
Vegetarian Arthritic Paraplegic Wannabe Routerologist The RouterForums member formerly known as mftha or th-alton
"Teach your children what we have taught ours, that the earth is our mother. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth. The earth does not belong to man; man belongs to the earth. Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it. We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children."
-attributed to Chief Seattle of the Native American Suquamish Tribe
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Last edited by TWheels; 07-04-2010 at 08:11 PM.
Reason: correct omission of important risks