I am a postmenopausal woman (65 y). I stopped estrogen treatment in January 2013 but have sometimes used local estrogen and lactic acid. I have had problems with my urinary opening, vaginal atrium and vagina. My distal urethra has been swollen, sore and smarting. On May 7, 2013, I found a "sand" grain betveen my labia. It vas brownish, with innumeral vacuoles and some regular structures, not exactly like microvilli. Maybe such grains, if numerous, irritate my external genitalia, urinary opening and vagina.
A few weeks ago I found another (3-4 mm in dimater) "concretion" from my pharynx. It was multivesicular, and also it had some regular structures around it. Outside it there was a hyaline layer with sparse cells. Many years ago I have had very small concretions (about the size of blood cells) in my saliva. Their surface seems to be smooth. Their interior may be empty. I have thought that they may be sialoliths. I have also had tonsilloliths.
Today (May 11) I took a sample from my vagina on a slide under a microscope. There were cornified epithelial cells and similar small concreations as were those in my saliva. I wanted to take a urinary sample. I allowed my urine to settle and took a sample from the sediment. They were also there, the small concretions!
Could I have calcification in my soft tissues? I have polyuria and partial diabetes insipidus. And many other diseses. I have lots of weird symptoms.
My ionized calcium is now 1.37 (upper ref. limit 1.30). It is only slightly abobe the reference, and sometimes even slightly below. PTH is often above the reference. I'll not have a parathyroidectomy. Recently my endo thought that I may have secondary hyperparathyroidism.
I am having many symptoms. Maybe my vitamin D intake causes my HPT worse. I'll see a nephrologist on next week.
When urine is left to stand, does cacium in urine take carbonate from air and precipitate as calcium carbonate? If such happens, then the calcium carbonate(?) concretions seen in urine probably have not formed in the urinary tract.
When I took another sample, there were sloughed epithelial sheets in the sediment. The sheets were fairly thick, not one-cell thick. Maybe they were from the distal urethra? They cannot be from the labia. Is it normal that urinary epithelium is sometimes sloughed off as sheets?
I did not remember that I have used Vagifem ( vaginal estrogen tablets) every now and then. I looked at their powder under a microscope. There were similar tiny concretions. The tablets contain maize starch! The origin of the starch was Vagifem and not gloves.
"Each tablet contains the following inactive ingredients: hypromellose, lactose monohydrate, maize starch and magnesium stearate."
I have not studied those other crystals what they look like.
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