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Parathyroid blood test

Had a thyroid scan, was told all ok tho a multinodular goitre present but it coul be ignored as normal at my age and not the reason for my hypothyroidism. Just been contacted to be told a nodule behind it on my parathyroid and called immediately for blood test. Results next week. Could this be why I have not returned to full health in spite of taking t3 and t4?? What questions should I be asking?

Happy holidays all and thank you for answers.

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ThyrOid, they'll be checking your parathyroid hormone (PTH), calcium and vitD levels to see whether you are hyperparathyroid which can make you feel very unwell.

Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.


HI For the parathyroid vital test is for calcium, vit D and parathyroid. All done together am. If then parathyroid out of range, then followed by a nuclear scan ( large teaching hospital) and CT for parathyroid.

Happy Christmas,



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