Podcasts – Discussions with PARA(thyroid) Troopers


Link to Sandi Putnam’s Story :


Screen Shot 2016-02-21 at 3.57.18 PM

Becoming educated and knowing the right questions to ask her surgeon helped Janet make informed decisions!

Posted: August 23, 2016 (15 minutes) 

Guest: Janet Filippi

Host/Producer: Barbara from Parathyroid Peeps

Link to Pre-operative Questions 

Screen Shot 2016-02-18 at 6.23.23 PM

Calcification of heart valves has nothing to do with primary hyperparathyroid disease? This informed patient knew better! 

Posted: February 18,2016 ( 32 minutes)

Guest: Barbara Johnson

Host/Producer: Sophie from Parathyroid Peeps

9 thoughts on “Podcasts – Discussions with PARA(thyroid) Troopers

  1. Hi
    I have been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. Has had surgery twice which were unsuccessful, sensipar didn’t work my condition is getting worse my endocrinoligist can not assist. My calcium is 2.76.PTH 145, vitamin d is up to 49 from 8 after taking calciferol


    • As Anja mentions, joining a support group may be something you would like to consider and would find helpful. You will find links to many of them on our website’s Resource Page. We are sorry that you are still suffering and wish the all the best as you continue to seek answers.


    • As Anja and Barbara said, a support group is really a good thing. I was relieved to learn that several symptoms were from hyperparathyroidism. It’s really a good thing when family and friends are supportive but most don’t know or understand what you face unless they have experienced it themselves. I sure hope you get some answers.


  2. I can relate to each of these stories. Can’t wait to become a “paratrooper”. I live in Santa Barbara county and am interested in being a spokesperson her on the central coast. I am a retired RN who was just diagnosed last Monday. I will be getting my CT scan to locate the tumor and then surgery with Dr. Larian. I am grateful for the support group on Facebook that led me to him. (Even though they locked me out of the group—-mistake maybe?”)


    • Will you have a focused surgery then if a CT scan is being done to locate the tumor? Will all 4 be checked? Sorry that you were removed from a support group. Just to clarify we do not run a closed FB support group but do provide information related to parathyroid disease on an open FB page. Wishing you all the best as you move forward in your journey to improved health.


  3. Hi Barbara. Yes. All four glands will be checked. I have asked him to be sure that I will not have to go through a 2nd surgery later! I have read the horror stories and hope none of them happen to me. It has to be a CT scan because I cannot have an MRI due to the titanium in my back. I wish it were an MRI..much more accurate.


    • Hi Barbara, thankyou for sharing your experience which was similar to mine from symptoms to the initial lack of knowledge by drs to my having to seek a second opinion whilst suffering from brain fog etc. My outcome is I am post op MIP and like you have greatly reduced symptoms and feel I have my life back. I am in Australia and at one stage was seriously considering flying to USA for treatment so here too we have a long way to go re education of hyperparthroidism.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s