Author Archives: Brian Murphy, Ph.D.

Shoshin for Hypoparathyroidism

If you are living with a chronic disease such as hypoparathyroidism, a Japanese concept called shoshin may help you view your life and your disease in a new light. Shoshin may help lead you to new experiences, and a greater joy and sense of satisfaction with life. What is shoshin?…

Impact of Hypoparathyroidism on Daily Life

Hypoparathyroidism can impact your daily life in many different ways, potentially affecting your ability to perform physical activities or get work done on the job, or even your mood. Identifying the impact it can have is the first step in working to overcome any difficulties the disease may create.

Seizure Diaries for Hypoparathyroidism

Seizures can be part of life for up to 70% of patients with hypoparathyroidism. Hypoparathyroidism develops when your parathyroid glands don’t produce enough parathyroid hormone. This ultimately leads to low levels of calcium in your blood. Research suggests that seizures in these patients are caused by a calcium imbalance…

Seizure Action Plan for Hypoparathyroidism

Seizures, which can be a common occurrence for people with hypoparathyroidism, require appropriate care. To ensure that you or your child get the proper treatment during and after a seizure, it is key to have a seizure action plan. This article contains more information about what seizure action plans…

Treatment Plan for Hypoparathyroidism

If you or your child has hypoparathyroidism — which can have causes ranging from genetic mutations or surgery to high levels of magnesium — it is important to create a treatment plan, together with your healthcare team. Having such a plan in place will ensure that you or your…

Warning Signs of Seizures

As many as 70% of patients with hypoparathyroidism experience seizures, which are periods of irregular electrical activity in the brain that can cause a disruption in movements, perceptions or thoughts. Researchers think seizures in hypoparathyroidism are the result of low levels of calcium due to low levels of parathyroid…

5 Main Symptoms of Hypoparathyroidism

In hypoparathyroidism, the body does not produce enough parathyroid hormone (PTH), which leads to a number of different symptoms for people with the rare condition. Since PTH is involved in regulating the levels of calcium and phosphate in the body, a lack of this hormone usually leads to low…

Hypoparathyroidism and Exercise

Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and can offer many benefits. If you have hypoparathyroidism, however, you should be careful because  exercise can affect levels of calcium in your body. Read on for more information about the benefits of exercise, how hypoparathyroidism may affect your ability to…