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Ever forget why you went someplace? Age? Maybe not.

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  1. Sep 5, 2013 #1 of 12
    Rich

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    Ever walk into a room and forget why you went there? Ever go to the store and forget why you went? Just part of the aging process, right? Maybe not.

    I'd been experiencing that sort of thing for a couple years and just thought it was another vile example of the aging process. Then, after taking a blood test a few months ago, my doctor called me. He was very concerned about my calcium levels. And rightly so. My wife had Bariatric surgery in December of last year and she was given a massive vitamin supplement to take after the surgery. I read the label and thought I'd give it a try. Not a good idea. It drove my calcium levels way up and I was sent to a surgeon (turns out I should have been sent to an endocrinologist first) who was immediately ready to operate on my Parathyroid gland (located behind the thyroid gland). The Parathyriod gland regulates your calcium levels and if it stops working correctly all sorts of nasty things can happen.

    The surgeon sent me for scans and found a "node" (not a tumor) on my thyroid gland that was unrelated to the calcium problem. He tried to do a biopsy on the node and he found no cancer cells. He called me the night after the biopsy and urged me to let him take a section of my thyroid gland out for another biopsy during the operation to correct the Parathyroid gland. That came back benign. The operation itself took 2.5 hours and I went home that night.

    So now I take a thyroid hormone and calcium supplements. What I found out thru research on the Net was that high calcium levels can affect your brain functions. What I thought was normal was not. I'm going to inculde a link to a Parathyroid gland website belonging to a doctor who obviously wants to cut out every Parathyroid gland he can get his hands on, but it has some good info and a short flick showing what the gland looks like.

    So, on June 17th, I had the operation. A week after that I felt as if a fog had been lifted from my mind. As time goes by, I have been feeling less and less foggy and I've stopped wondering what I went to rooms for and things like that. I've also been able to practically stop the calcium supplements, so the gland must be working properly again. Just had a blood test yesterday and I'm waiting for the doctor to call and give me the results.

    I knew absolutely nothing about calcium levels, calcium serum levels and had never heard of the Parathyroid gland prior to this happening. Here's the LINK. I urge you to explore this site thoroughly.

    I can't begin to explain how much better I feel. And I can't stress how important calcium levels are.

    Rich
     
  2. Sep 5, 2013 #2 of 12
    jimmie57

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    I can relate to levels of vitamins and supplements needed and not.
    My son had a wound on his ankle that just would not heal. Took him to 2 dermatologist, a plastic surgeon and a wound specialist to no avail. They all said it would heal on it's own. However it had been there about 8 months by this time.
    Took him to his primary doctor and told her about it. She ran all kinds of blood tests and did an MRI to make sure there was not something under there causing the problem. The blood tests all were normal except for 1. It was his vitamin D level. It is supposed to be 25 to 80. His was less than 5.
    She prescribed him several 50,000 IU vitamin D pills. Within 1 week of taking the first one the wound started to heal. In another week it was healed.
    She checked him again last week to make sure it was not getting to high since he now has had 5 of the 50,000 IU pills. His level is now 29.

    If you are going to take a vitamin or supplement you should find out if you need it or not. Just as too little is a problem, too much of something can be very bad for you as well.
     
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    jimmie57

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    Yes, I do that forget stuff. I was 70 last week and it happens once in awhile.
    Usually in a few minutes I then remember.
     
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    yosoyellobo

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    I too am 70 and also forget sometimes. I don't worry too much as that been happening as long as I can remember.
     
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    Drucifer

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    Some of the meds I take list those short memory lost as one of their symptoms.
     
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    SayWhat?

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    I forgot why I came into this thread.
     
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    phrelin

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    Regarding meds, including supplements, the fact is that you don't need them unless as determined by how you feel and medical test results you do need them.

    And if you do need something, take as little as you can get away with. One-size-fits-all dosing is crazy but it's the tendency in the medical community. I've had to "discuss" dosage with my physicians over the years. And I've had to be a bit stubborn.
     
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    Rich

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    Vitamin D and calcium levels are linked. A low D level will usually accompany a high calcium level. Did his doctor happen to check his calcium level?

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    Rich

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    That's what I thought too. I was wrong. As soon as my calcium level got to where it should be (right after the operation) I stopped having those episodes. I said that wrong, they started tapering off immediately after the operation. I takes a bit of time for everything to settle back to normal. It's been almost 4 months since the operation and I rarely forget what I'm doing now.

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  10. yosoyellobo

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    I am what some might call absent minded.-:)
     
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    Years ago I tried St. John's Wort. Don't remember why. I experienced something akin to being paralyzed. My whole body stiffened up.

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    Yes, his calcium level was good. One of his meds for his heart is a calcium blocker.
    I had them run a Vitamin E test after that because people with Freidrich's Ataxia are known to have low levels of it also. It was low and now I am giving him the Vitamin E also. I then found out that Vitamin E has 4 parts and most all pills have the alpha part and nothing else. His alpha level was good after taking the pill but the gamma part was almost non existent. I have found some pills called High Gamma that are actually a balanced Vitamin E with 200 iu of the alpha and 200 iu of the gamma. They should arrive any day now and I will switch him to those.
     

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