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Re : low vitamin D- causes?

Postby beetkvass » Thu Dec 03, 2009 09:16 pm

Interesting thread. I was diagnosed as having hyperparathyroidism in my last pregnancy. It's often so hard to diagnosis because the symptoms can be so many other things. Mine was just diagnosed from a blood work up with my thyroid Dr and he noticed my calcium levels were high. I have never had elevated parathyroid hormone levels. They couldn't do some of the standard testing because I was pregnant. But when they went in during surgery they found the screwy gland and removed it. I felt like a new woman within an hour of surgery! I had had severe morning sickness and after the surgery wasn't sick any more.

But I always wondered if it is what led to my problems in my last pregnancy. It's very risky to have while pregnant. And it can lead to blood pressure problems so I always wondered if it sort of started a cascade of events that couldn't fully be stopped despite the surgery.

Glad to hear your test results were normal!

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Re : low vitamin D- causes?

Postby alviarin » Tue Dec 01, 2009 03:25 pm

Posting a much belated follow-up:
My parathyroid tests, h.pylori test, and celiac screen came back normal.

I just went back in for a vitamin-D retest. Taking 1800 IU vitamin D/day I was able to stay in-range. (1000 IU/day doesn't cut if for me). I suspect that I have lactose intolerance, so I probably wasn't getting enough vitamin D from diet.

Strangely enough my three sisters all seem to have vitamin D deficiencies also, so maybe it is genetic. Though one sis probably doesn't get enough sunlight due to long work hours, another may have celiac, and one is hypothyroid like me.

I have to admit I have more energy and less migraines on vitamin D, even though my thyroid levels right now are a little lower than where I normally like them to be.

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Re : low vitamin D- causes?

Postby trish » Thu May 07, 2009 08:17 am

Thanks Alanna. I'm not really liking this Dr. I just started seeing so I think I'll just try and go see and endo.

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Re : low vitamin D- causes?

Postby alviarin » Thu May 07, 2009 01:42 am

Actually for parathyroid gland problems I believe they check calcium levels and parathyroid hormone levels (PTH). That is what my endo tests for anyway.

Not that a thyroid panel wouldn't be a good idea, thyroid disorders are relatively common, and are estimated to affect [url="http://www.aace.com/newsroom/press/2003/index.php?r=20030118"]1 in 10 Americans[/url].

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Re : low vitamin D- causes?

Postby trish » Wed May 06, 2009 11:51 pm

Thank you for posting this!! I am having so much hip pain that I had x-rays done yesterday. I have all of those symptoms on the parathyroid except: GERD, Thinning hair & Kidney Stones. Lots can apply to other things I'm sure but hey - maybe it could be a simple thing like this that I've never heard of. I should hear something about the x-rays but I'll ask my Dr. about a thyroid panel.
I know I'm almost 40 with 3 small kids but I feel 80 most days lately & I'm back to taking anxiety meds nearly daily because I'm having so much trouble coping. I'm like several dwarfs combined: grumpy, sleepy, sad, forgetful...

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Postby alviarin » Wed May 06, 2009 10:34 pm

Fiona,

"increasingly chronic fatigue and general bad temper" can definitely be symptoms of a thyroid problem. That described me, my sister, and my old college roommate whilst we were hypothyroid.

Have you had a full thyroid panel run recently including anti-thyroid antibodies?

Some people can be symptomatic even with TSH in range, especially with anti-thyroid antibodies. The current "normal" TSH range is under debate and may be narrowed in the future, since most people without a thyroid problem have a TSH between 1-2 mIU/L. Lab reference ranges may have been skewed by the inclusion of people with mild thyroid disfunction in the sample population.

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Postby fiona » Wed May 06, 2009 02:03 am

After reading that thyroid site I'm going back to the doctor. I have a walnut-sized benign tumour on one gland biopsied last year. They just sent me packing when it was clear it wasn't cancer, but now I'm wondering if my increasingly chronic fatigue and general bad temper is being caused by it.

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Postby carjashaner » Tue Apr 28, 2009 08:55 pm

I think... though I am not sure, that kidney stones have basically the same *style of being* as gall stones....meaning that sometimes you can have them for very long periods of time and not know that you have them. I know that I just had my gall bladder removed and was told that it was full of stones, though I had no idea. Have you ever been checked for kidney stones? Maybe they are there and you have just not had a flare up, so to speak. It's definately worth checking out, as the website I offered you shows some pretty harsh statements about other illnesses that can stem from Vitamin D deficiency. Keep me up to date if you would. I would really like to know what you find out.

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Re : low vitamin D- causes?

Postby alviarin » Tue Apr 28, 2009 07:18 pm

Carole,
I'm interested in the parathyroid angle. From reading I have experienced about every symptom of hyperparathyroidism except kidney stones. The bone pain pretty much went away when I started thyroid meds though. I've had high normal calcium levels before - years ago-, so it might be worth getting it checked again.

And Caryn thanks for the genetics angle. We have a lot of autoimmune disorders in my family tree, so maybe we are genetically pre-disposed to have wonky vitamin D levels to go along with them!

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Re : low vitamin D- causes?

Postby caryn » Tue Apr 28, 2009 05:44 pm

There's something about genetically variant receptors for vitamin D. I guess supplementing vitamin D doesn't raise sera levels for some of us because our bodies don't retrieve it because it just bounces off the receptors, or *sometimes* just bounces off the receptors... and that many autoimmune diseases also go along with low sera levels of vitamin D. Psoriasis patients have low D IIRC and supplementing them does not raise it... so they use a topical formula because it can be absorbed through the skin (because the skin receptors are different from the digestive receptors, I guess.)

I don't get it, though, at least not well enough to explain it clearly.


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