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Could Your Fibromyalgia Really Be Hyperparathyroidism?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia' started by liverock, Jun 11, 2014.

  1. liverock

    liverock Senior Member

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    The parathyroid glands control blood calcium levels within very fine limits. When one or more go wrong the calcium levels rise,causing hyperparathyroidism.(HPH).

    FM and HPH have some symptoms in common and and can be a cause of misdiagnosis if a high calcium level is not noted on the initial FM blood test, and an HPH test is not carried out subsequent to a high calcium test level being found

    A recent study found that a percentage of FM people should really have been diagnosed with hyperparathyroidism (PHP) and others who had been diagnosed with just FM, had both FM and HPT.

    The call appears to be going out now that all diagnosed with FM should be checked for PHP.
    Treatment by a 20 minute outpatient operation appeared to help both groups.

    http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/824429
    I dont think the sentiment below will amount to much in action until individuals with FM put pressure on their doctors to perform the PTH test.if a blood test shows they have a high calcium level. :bang-head:

    Anybody with FM should ask for a calcium level check from their doctor and if its above 10 (2.5 in European tests) then a PTH panel test. Take a copy of the MEDSCAPE article on http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/824429 to show if he is reluctant. A lot of doctors appear to be not up to date with the latest research.


    http://www.cortjohnson.org/blog/201...lgia-hyperparathyroidism-treatable-condition/
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    Sea Senior Member

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    I don't understand how this could be missed in a large percentage of people. The initial screening tests that most doctors would do when looking for a reason for illness would include a complete metabolic panel. Calcium levels are included in this test and my understanding is that Calcium levels are raised in Hyperparathyroidism. A specific test for Hyperparathyroidism would only be sought if Calcium levels came back high.
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  3. Soundthealarm21

    Soundthealarm21 Senior Member

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    My calcium has come back high in 2 separate tests, but when I checked the parathyroid hormone it actually showed that I was HYPOparathyroid which I found very strange and no one has been able to give me an answer about.
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  4. liverock

    liverock Senior Member

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    Im afraid it is true that doctors do not always refer patients for endo teatments when the calcium level exceeds 10 (or 2.5 in European lab tests)as they should, as quite a lot of patients dont have what they consider to be adequate symptoms such as kidney stones.

    It can also be the old way of waiting to see if the level will come down (it never does) or they just dont know enough about the disease to understand how dangerous a high level can be,even slightly high.

    http://thefibrodoctor.com/what-is-hyperparathyroidism/

    One study showed that doctors were missing referring 62% of patients with high calcium for further treatment.

    http://pubmedcentralcanada.ca/pmcc/articles/PMC3363079
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2014
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  5. Hip

    Hip Senior Member

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    @liverock
    In your post, did you mean to say hyperparathyroidism rather than hyperthyroidism?
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    liverock Senior Member

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    Yes, it should have been Hyperparathyroidism, thanks for the heads up. Now corrected.
  7. liverock

    liverock Senior Member

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    If you have high calcium the parathyroids are supposed to be lower if they are .
    healthy. This is a normal function of healthy parathyroids.

    Check your vitamin D levels Sounds like they could be high.

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