I was diagnosed with Hyperparathroidism 2 weeks ago by my nurse practioner. My calcium levels were 11.5. She was not going to do anything, but another Nurse suggested running a PTH test. I came back with levels 244. They (Nurses) have been trying to find an endocrinologist that will take me as a private pay patient on a sliding scale and so far no luck. Is there anything I can do to lessen the severity of the sypmtoms of this disease. Let me back up here. In 95 I was diagnosed with pancreatitis and was hospitalized for 2 weeks. No one said anything about hyperparathyroidism but I just found out that pancreatitis is one of the symptoms. I was not over weight at that time (gained weight the last 5 months from inability to exercise) and I had been a vegetarian for years before that attack (I am completely vegan now)I looked back at all of the symptoms I have had for at least 20 years (thinking I was losing my mind) and have gotten (took a lot of work) lab results going back as far as 15 years and I had high calcium levels then. I am feeling so helpless and discouraged right now, I haven't slept a full night in years, my legs are in so much pain that I am unable to walk for any period of time. My hair has been falling out, I developed high blood pressure, I have not been me, I am in pain all of the time, I have lost the desire to participate in the things I have always enjoyed, I lose my cool easy, the little things irritate me and no matter how much I try I can't stop. I developed gastric reflux about 13 years ago and even the protonix & nexium don't help any longer. I forget things, I cannot concentrate. Recently the last 3 months I have been nauseous almost daily. For me the worst part is the bone pain, the GERD & thinning hair. Can anyone tell me if there are any kind of do-it-yourself treatments to eleviate some of these symptoms. It looks like I am going to be suffering with this for some time since no doctor wants a self pay patient and I am desperate for some relief. I really don't know how much longer I can handle of this. The one thing I am grateful for is knowing that after all of these years I am not nuts. Doctors kept saying they couldn't find a reason for all of the things I had complained about and now I know I am not alone. This is a great site here, I just discovered it today & happy to see that there are so many knowlegeable people on this site. Thanks for any info you can give me..DeeDee
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