Hyperactive Parathyroid May Trouble Women with Fibromyalgia, Study Reports

Hyperactive Parathyroid May Trouble Women with Fibromyalgia, Study Reports
Women with fibromyalgia have a high incidence of hyperparathyroidism, a disease caused by an overactive parathyroid, according to a study titled “High frequency of asymptomatic hyperparathyroidism in patients with fibromyalgia: random association or misdiagnosis?” and published in the journal Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia. Fibromyalgia and hyperparathyroidism share a range of symptoms, including fatigue, arthralgia, myalgia, sleep disturbances, depression, anxiety and memory impairment, which increase the chances for an improper diagnosis. Primary hyperparathyroidism is a disease caused by a hyperactive parathyroid, which are small endocrine glands located in the neck, next to the thyroid, and responsible for the secretion of a hormone, the parathyroid, that regulates calcium levels in the body. Researchers determined the frequency of asymptomatic hyperparathyroidism in a sample of patients with fibromyalgia by performing a cross-section study that enrolled 100 women with fibromyalgia and 57 healthy women, as controls. Additionally, they measured the levels of parathyroid hormone, calcium and albumin, correlating them with symptoms in the fibromyalgia group. Fibromyalgia patients exhibited normal values of mean serum calcium and parathyroid hormone (9.6 ± 0.98 mg/dL and 57.06 ± 68.98 pg/mL, respectively). However, the levels of the parathyroid hormone were significantly higher when compared to the control group. Hypercalcemic (high calcium levels) hyperparathyroidism was detected in 6 percent of patients with fibromyalgia,
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