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Hi Lewis: Good luck with your surgery, I hope it solves many problems, like they say!!!! Has your PTH level ever been in the normal range? I've been to that website you mentioned, and unless I'm missing something, parathyroid probs almost always show up in an elevated PTH count, is that correct? My dr feels that if your PTH is normal then something else has to be elevating or lowering calcium levels. :angel:
[QUOTE=DesertBloom;2866017]Hi Lewis: Good luck with your surgery, I hope it solves many problems, like they say!!!![/QUOTE]
Thanks, I'm sure it will.

[QUOTE] Has your PTH level ever been in the normal range?[/QUOTE]
My PTH is(and always has been) in the normal range (10-65). It's just on the low side of normal (22).

[QUOTE]I've been to that website you mentioned, and unless I'm missing something, parathyroid probs almost always show up in an elevated PTH count, is that correct?[/QUOTE]
No, that is INCORRECT! Unless your PTH level is VERY LOW(<10) or NILL(Undetectable), it means you have HPT. If something else were causing the high Calcium, like Cancer or Sarcoidosis, the PTH level would drop to nothing.

Did you read the Diagnosis page? It explains it in full detail. Also, did you look at the Parathyroid Pictures? A lot of them had PTH levels in the normal range. Two of which have them in the 30's.

[QUOTE] My dr feels that if your PTH is normal then something else has to be elevating or lowering calcium levels. :angel:[/QUOTE]
With all due respect to your doctor, he/she is wrong! I'm not a doctor, but I've done A LOT of research, not just on this one website. I've read a few others that say the same thing. The problem is you really have to dig to find the info. Most websites on the subject are very vague, and don't get into specifics. Even on [url]www.clevelandclinicmeded.com[/url], it states that 10% of HPT patients have Normal PTH levels.

I understand that you trust your doctor. I trusted my family doctor until I found out that my Calcium level was elevated TWO years in a row (Dec 2005 and Dec 2006), and he didn't mention a thing. Then I go to TWO separate Endo's WITH symptoms. Both say High Calcium is the problem, but after doing every test known to man, all negetive, they're at a loss. But they still don't believe it's HPT, because my PTH level is Low Normal. Just like your doctor. I asked my Endo flat out, "Why is my CA elevated", he said, "That level could just be normal for you". BS!!! Then why do I have all these symptoms?

Everything that happened to me (AND YOU) has been perdicted by Dr. Norman on his website. So that's where I'm putting my trust. Besides, what 's the worst can happen, I go down there, he does a Sestamibi Scan, and doesn't find a tumor? Though I'm betting he does.

One other thing. Your Elevated Ionized Calcium level is more of an indicator of HPT then your Calcium level. Because your Cacium level can vary from day to day. Ionized Cacium stays more consistent.

It's alot easier to do nothing without having symptoms. But knowing what I know now, even if I didn't have symptoms, I'd still be going to have surgery.





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