What is a next best step for my parathyroid concerns? My annual physical showed a calcium level of 10.2 and PTH of 68, blood in my urine and bone density scans that showed pretty severe osteopenia and osteoporosis. A thyroid scan showed a couple of nodules in thyroid gland. ( I checked the last 3 years of my annual blood work- they had been around 10.2; no PTH tests had been done.)
He sent me to an End. who said it appeared I had Hyperparathyroid, given the osteo, tests, etc.
He ran a sestambi scan and pelvic scan for kidney stones. Although the blood continued in the urine, there were no stones seen and that symptom went away. The sestambi scan didn't show anything. He also ran a test at his office for PTH, which came back much lower than the one done at Quest Labs. They didn't require me to fast for that test, which the previous one at Quest had required.
Based on these test results, he said if I had Hyperpara, it was mild and he would recommend monitoring it and starting on some kind of strong drug for osteoporosis. Nothing more was said about the nodules seen in the thyroid gland.
Having read some of the info on this, my concern is that the meds for osteo won't work if I really do have hyperpara and I am more concerned about the osteo than anything else at the moment. Neither my husband or I came away feeling very confident about the Endo's work-up, it was at a clinic where patients are kind of herded through like cattle, he was young and he didn't seem to have much experience with hyperparathyroidism.
Should I go back to my family Doc and have another test done at the original lab to see what the levels are? It has been about 3 months since I saw the End. I am concerned that even mild hyperpara will interfere with any efforts to deal with the osteoperosis, which is still not being addressed. Also, many of the symptoms of hyperpara had been noticeable for some time. Any advice about where to go from here would be welcome, and thanks.