OT I just found out I have hyperparathyroidism.
I'm in the middle of scheduling surgery. But I still have quesitons.
Does anyone have any experience with this?
Please post or email. To email remove NONONO.
I'd suggest to go to a second doctor, and not
tell him about the first. See if the second
MD agrees. Before anything as invasive as
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Thanks. I've been to a surgeon already and I noticed that he didnt'
rely on the endorcrinologist. He went over the blood tests, Calcium,
Parathyroid Hormone, and they are both too high, measured over 3 and 2
repetitions of the tests respectively. Plus the bone density scan is
bad, the most likely problem that follows from this.
The disadvantage is that if I did nothing, I'd likely have lots of
problems and I would die an average of 5 years earlier. The advantage
is that after the bad gland or two (out of four) is removed, soon, some
problems it causes (that I don't have) go away within hours or days, the
bone density stops getting worse within minutes and reverses to some
degree. (I'm already for a month now taking Fosamax, which was
developed by Fossie Bear.)
One side effect is memory problems. It will be interesting to see if I
stop saying "I don't remember" as often as I do, here and elsewhere. (I
don't expect that, but we'll see.)
I've also read loads of webpages and since the bone density is bad and
the blood tests are confrimed. there's no doubt the diagnosis is
correct. An ultrasound seemed to find one bad gland, but I haven't
seen the report or the image yet. (It used to be you had to finagle or
lie to see reports and films. but now it's easy. There are checkboxes
already on the form for image, report, and both. I think this is
because of some new or rather new law** The first copy of the CD is
free. (after someone pays 100 or 200 or 500 for them to take the
picture.) **When I leave an office visit, I like it that they
offer me, and I sometimes take it, a summary report of that days' office
appointment, and the office manager said that was because of the
It was about choosing a surgeon, both of whom are almost surely good,
but there seem to be substantial differences in their procedures, and
that's why I needed someone who'd been through this. General
questions are not the issue here. (It's an uncommon problem, 20,000
cases a year maybe. but I was in a quandary so I asked here. It was
worth a try. I'll go read the web for a few more hours.)
Yes, of course it's good to get a second opinion. Obamacare standards
require paying for second opinions. Though there's no need to do that
here. Even my brother, who's a radiologist and hasn't been in general
medicine for 49 years, knew about the calcium, the hormone, the bone
density and the remedy. He knew about coffee and coca-cola, both of
which I came accross on the web. I know he's smart but I don't know how
he knows all that.
My advice is that you need to say to both surgeons you are considering,
"I've also heard that there's an alternate procedure that involves doing
........ What are the advantages of what you're proposing instead, and
how do the chances of success and the risks of complications compare
between the two procedures?"
If either of the surgeons doesn't satisfy you with their answer (or with
their attitude towards your question), I would strongly consider using
the other surgeon. If both satisfy you, there's often more than one
acceptable operation to treat a specific condition and then each
surgeon's specific experience (# of cases treated and % of good
outcomes) becomes quite relevant to your final decision. Sometimes,
it's really a toss-up, in which case your decision which to use becomes
Personally, I would rather use a surgeon who was straightforward about
risks and outcomes and would avoid using a surgeon who tries to overly
reassure me or who tells me to "leave everything to me."
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