The diagnosis

Okay.  Yes, I have been whining quite a bit lately.  It turns out, justifiably, except you probably didn’t want to hear the whining anyway.  I saw my doctor last week and had another blood test.  Back in April my parathyroid hormone was elevated.  My calcium level was fine, so they said it wasn’t a problem and retest in six months.  Well, it’s not quite six months, but we retested anyway.  I have hyperparathyroidism without elevated calcium — a consequence of my gastric bypass surgery.  Symptoms of said disorder?

  • Fragile bones that easily fracture (osteoporosis)
  • Kidney stones
  • Excessive urination
  • Abdominal pain
  • Tiring easily or weakness
  • Depression or forgetfulness
  • Bone and joint pain
  • Frequent complaints of illness with no apparent cause
  • Nausea, vomiting or loss of appetite

My bones are not fragile (yet), and I don’t seem to have the vomiting and loss of appetite, but I have everything else on the list.  So, at least you now know why I’ve been whining so much.  The treatment for this — for me, anyway — is to take more and more calcium each day.  Four to five of those lovely huge horse pills instead of my current two.  This will hopefully prevent my body from robbing the calcium from my bones so they don’t break.  I hope it will do something for the joint pain and fatigue too.  I’ve had enough of that.  I have also decided to appeal the denial of a revision weight loss surgery for myself.  If they change my gastric bypass to a vertical sleeve gastrectomy, I will get my pyloric valve and intrinsic factor back, which will aid in my absorbing nutrients from my food, so I don’t have to have all these bizarre medical conditions and take a lot of supplements.  I thought I knew all the hazards of the bypass before I had it.  These were not things they warned about.  Still, I suppose that I am more comfortable in this smaller body, but I could really do without things that make me whine incessantly!

The usual treatment for hyperparathyroidism is removal of the parathyroid glands.  In my case, however, there is nothing wrong with my parathyroid glands.  They are simply trying to compensate for my inability to absorb calcium.

I’ll be drinking more milk, taking the big pills, and doing my best to feel better.  While it’s not terrific news, it’s nice to finally have a reason for my complaints.

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