Hello. Those of you who know of me will know that I recently had a parathyroidectomy because, having been diagnosed with osteoporosis I checked on my blood calcium level which was a tiny bit raised and then my parathyroid hormone levels - also a bit raised and researched and found out that osteoporosis can be caused by raised parathyroid hormone levels.
Well, I have just been to see the consultant and he tells me all my levels were back to normal within a very short time after the operation.
This should mean that my bone density will, hopefully, start to improve also.
There are lots of advantages to having this operation,but this was, of course, my main reason, since I do not wish to take bisphosphonates.
I know there are no guarantees but he suggests I have a repeat DEXA scan done in three years and hopes the bones should be improved - at least to the same degree as if I was taking the medication ( without the side effects).
As I say, no guarantees but, on balance, I believe it's worth a try.
Anyway, I did say to some of you that I would let you know how I got on, so...
My main question now is what to do about whether or not to take any calcium and/ or Vit.D supplements....
He suggested I do, for the next few years, but, having again read up on them, there seems to be very little advantage and still some risks that I don't think I'm prepared to take.
I would be very grateful for anyone's views.
I am 60, by the way, in good health, with a good diet ( not perfect, but very good) and I live in the UK. I walk a lot and still work full time.
Many thanks for reading,