I am diabetic for 5 years. This year 2013 I have 3 kidney stones and 1 thyroid nodule at 7 mm. My calcium serum is 10. 1 and vitem d is low. Nurse started me on vitem d 600-1000. I am not sure thats a good idea. I am very worried, I also have had copd for five years and aortic atherosclerosis (found this year also). I now take many medication that I found have minor cotraindications/drug-drug interactions. Any help would be so appreciated
Connection w/ kidney stones & thyroid nodule?
- 28 Apr 2013 by MaryP51
- 28 Apr 2013
- thyroid disease, nephrolithiasis, diabetic, kidney, thyroid, calcium
Added 28 Apr 2013:
I AM NOT WORRIED ABOUT VITEM D CAUSING KIDNEY STONES, I HAD THE STONES B/4 THE NURSE SAID TO GET ON VITEM D. I WAS WORRIED THAT BY PUTTING ME ON VITEM D DUE TO IT BEING LOW AND MY CALCIUN BEING HIGH... WAS WONDERING IF ANYONE HAD THE SAME ISSUES. I WOULD LIKE TO GET THE THYROID NODULE BIOPSY INSTEAD OF THE ALTRASOUND, I ALREADY KNOW I HAVE THE NODULE FROM THE CT SCAN. THE ALTRASOUND IS JUST SLOWING THINGS DOWN. I READ STUFF ON A WEB SITE THAT TALKED ABOUT REMOVING THE 7 MM NODULE ASAP. MY AGE AND ALL MY DIAGNOSIS PUT ME AT HIGH RISK. AND I HAVE HOARSE VOICE THAT HAS BEEN FOR 3-4 MONTHS AND IT IS GETTING WORSE. I CHOKE AT NIGHT AND DURING THE DAY MY THRAOT IS VERY VERY DRY AND I CANT CLEAR MY THROAT. PLEASE IF YOU ARE NOT IN THE MEDICAL FIELD OR NOT A DR. OF ANYTHING SPECIAL SUCH AS AN ENDOCRINE TYPE THEN DONT JUS GET ON HERE AND START BABBLING BOUT STUFF YOU REALLY DONT KNOE MUCH ABOUT. I WAS LOOKING FOR FEED BACK FROM SOMEONE WITH KNOWELEDGE IN THIS AREA.
Hello, Mary. No babble. I got my information from my endocrinologist who is taking care of my diabetes and thyroid. Also my own research. Scientific background in Biology.
Thyroid. If the nodule is calcified it is best to be removed. It will not biopsy as it is solid. Generally this is a cancer. I had micro cell cancer and a number of nodules. They were calcified and confirmed when the thyroid was removed. The body will calcify items it is isolating such as a cancer. The parathyroids were dissected and re-implanted in the neck muscle. Removal of them completely causes other conditions. Thyroid medication is taken daily life long.
Vitamin D. The first thing the surgeon told me is that i must take daily calcium. About 1200 units per day, every day. When one is already low on this vitamin, as your test showed, then you will need the the Calcium with Vit D to metabolize them. I was put on 50,000 units of Vit D for a couple months per week. When my test showed I was at a more normal range, I now take 1000 units Vit D3 plus calcium (I like chewable caltrate as it does not pass through the body undigested, like cheaper pills do.) I live where we have tough winters so get very little chance of sunlight except summer.
Calcium. As stated above. Also, it will continue to protect your bones if you are getting any exercise, including walking. Bones demineralize pretty quickly as we age. With thyroid problems it is even more essential to maintain. Be sure to take with a meal if possible, with a food containing natural calcium or calcium fortified, like dairy.
Diabetes. Maintenance of blood sugar levels in type2 is handled with diet and insulin. If you are taking one of the tablets to control, don't forget to keep track of the blood sugar levels. I keep mine in good range with careful diet counting carbs and balancing the protein and fat. Fat free is dangerous as it throws off the balance and causes overeating. Once at more normal blood sugar levels, I use small amounts of sugar, not artificial which also causes overeating, and it does not affect my levels. Say, less than a half teaspoonful on a bowl of cereal. My A1c stays around 6.1.
Kidney. Not so knowledgeable about the stones. What I do know is that there is no connection with taking calcium, Vit D, etc. as some people develop stones. Often it is due to diet, genetics, infrequency of urination, frequent dehydration and infections, to name a few things. Again, the body calcifies foreign substances to isolate and prevent problems. I understand passing a stone is down right painful for small ones. Larger ones may be broken up with ultrasound or could require surgery.
Endocrinologist. You ought to have a good one. Lots for one to watch in you and an incredible source of information. Diabetes, thyroid, are some of the systems they work with. Also works closely with a Pulmonologist for your COPD.
COPD. Received a good education on this when I attended respiratory rehabilitation. Most people in the program had COPD. Some still smoked. The one who didn't quit died a couple months later. He wouldn't stop smoking and was only 47. You already know about this, I think. Stick with a good Pulmonologist for the latest treatments. I have interstitial lung disease. ILD.
Drug interactions. Any minor interactions can be ignored. Sometimes these are nothing more than timing medications properly. For example, if something interferes with calcium, take the calcium with food four hours later and it may not be an issue. Again, a specialist is what is best to sort this out. And a call to the pharmacist will settle the mind just as well as long as they know all medications and supplements, just like the doctor.
Please let me know if you have more questions. Plenty to lookup and read on this site. Wishing you a healthy result. Karen
Since you are having trouble with chocking at night and you know there is a nodule I would get a biopsy done. Mine was Calciumized and was Thyroid cancer. Funny because when the doctor took the biopsy he said it's a good news because it was calciumized it probably would not be cancer. But it was! After surgery I had to start 1000mg of Calcium and 0.25 of Rocaltrol (vitamin D3) at lunch and supper. My parathyroids were not working well either.
I think you mind would be at ease if you knew if it was Thyroid cancer or not. Also if it is giving such grief it should be taken out! Get a second opinion if you want.
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