Calcium Deposits in Neck/Throat/Thryoid?

Hi all,
So am going for an MRI tomorrow morning on my throat/neck. Have had two x-rays and an ultrasound done recently on this part of my body and they have all showed calcium nodule buildup in neck, spine, and thyroid. Have numerous deposits on both hands and on one foot. Just wondering how many of you have the same symptoms of calcium appearing in many areas but not yet your lungs, heart, liver, or kidneys?
I have been told by numerous docs that the calcium deposit won't kill me. Well the ones on my hand hurt so bad. I have had them taken out 3 times already and they keep coming back with a vengeance. Had one take out of the pad of my foot this summer because I could not walk on that foot anymore. So frustrating. I do have docs that are monitoring all internal organs pretty closely. Liver is also acting up currently. I am on meds for Reynaud's, BP, Gerd, Pain/Depression, Vitamin D. Taking 9 pills a day and they are not easy to swallow anymore. Will be asking why they are not trying anything to stop the progress of this disease like meds many of you are on? I do not have any lung involvement yet. Don't know what I would do without the support of this site.

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Hi VickiS
I too have had numerous calcium deposits in numerous places in my body. I understand your pain. Through reading I have discovered that the medication that I was taking for GERD, and still am taking for pain/depression is what is causing the calcium deposits on the soft tissue in my body. Even worse those medications are robbing calcium from my bones. I have 5 fractured vertebrate (T7, T8, T9, T10 and T11). The docs says I'm too young for this to be the result of osteoporosis (x-rays have reported Osteopenia). I am currently waiting for results from blood tests to find out if these fractures are the result of secondary cause.
I have weaned myself off of the GERD medicine. It has not been easy and still causes quite a lot of pain and discomfort being without it. I realize that there are ramifications of not protecting my esophagus from the reflux but the spine fractures are freaking me out and I have decided that until I get that under control I will give up the GERD medication.
I found the attached link helpful. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/12/16/vitamin-k2.as px
I hope you find some help.
signed
VickiR

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Do you have a Scleroderma diagnosis? And specialist, as that's supposed to be common in Scleroderma.

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I have deposits around my torso and up and down legs, still unsure if it's diagnoseable as Sclero. I think my Rheumi isn't that familiar with the disease.

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Don't have anything but words of encouragement, Vicki. I know it's hard when everything hurts but try to hang in there. I hope you get some relief soon.

Take care!
Karen

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spunksputnik what meds were you on for the GERD?

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brend
Tecta 40. Also was on Domperidone but stopped it too.

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Ok. thanks. I have never heard that meds cause the calcium deposits. I have not used either of these meds and I have nasty calcium problems. I will make sure to stay away from those two.

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brend
After finding out about the calcium robbing possibilities of prescription drugs I attended an information seminar put on by a Naturopathic doctor. I learned that Seratonin Reuptake Inhibitors (antidepressants) and Antiseizure medication can also cause calcium to form in soft tissues rather than forming new bone cells.
I find it distressing that so many prescription drugs can have such negative affects on our health that I now am in the habit of first researching any new prescription before going to the pharmacy to fill it.

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Wow!! What docs don't talk about. Thanks.

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I am having surgery this Friday for extensive calcification in my right elbow. I have lost almost all range of motion and have been in a lot of pain for the past year from the calcium deposits. This surgery is coming just in time, because they are starting to break through the skin in two areas. I'm also having two spots removed from the fingers on my right hand.

Once my elbows are done, I will work towards removing them from both shoulders as well. They will not operate on my shoulders because of all the muscles and tendons, but when I went for Ultrasound Therapy, the doctor said he can only break up the calcification in my tendons and is having a hard time seeing through to my tendons because I have so many calcium deposits in my soft tissue surrounding the tendons. So, I'm hoping the elbow will be successful and then maybe the surgeon can remove calcifications from the soft tissue in my shoulders and leave the rest to the Ultrasound doctor.

As they say, you have to be proactive in your medical treatment, and many times have to push doctors to think outside the box. Scleroderma definitely doesn't fit in a box! .... :)

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