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I see an endocrinologist who ordered and caught the high PTH values right away, and ordered an ultrasound that revealed a growth on one of my parathyroid glands. That was in 2010. He has been monitoring my blood levels - PTH still high but calcium in the high normal range - and has me taking Vitamin D (my initial number was 7; Vit D is now normal). His over-arching approach has been "let's try this" and "we should just wait and see."
Since then I have had a kidney stone, fatigue, depression, anxiety, GERD, and most of the other symptoms listed for hyperparathyroidism. I also have Crohn's with the associated arthritis, migraine essential (no headachebut symptoms like MS), Hashimoto's hypothyroidism, high blood pressure, and, most recently, fluctuating blood pressure, TIAs and 1a melanoma and a basal carcinoma. I take about 20 pills a day just to be able to function with frequent naps. Luckily I was able to retire several years ago with an adequate pension.
My endocrinologist has just ordered another set of lab work, along with another ultrasound & 24 hour urine. My question to all of you is how long should I wait before I jump ship and go straight to a surgeon?
Thanks in advance for your advice!
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