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I have hyperparathyroidism and now have severe osteoporosis what can I do for my bones?

By Anonymous July 23, 2014 - 7:12am
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My doctor wants me to take Fosomax and I am positive that I cannot have this due to the hyperparathyroid issue that has existed for years. Now that my bones are showing severe signs of osteoporosis and haven't been able to take calcium - do I have any options?

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Hi Anon,

Welcome and thanks for your post. 

Hyperparathyroidism is an excess of parathyroid hormone in the bloodstream due to overactivity of one or more of the body's four parathyroid glands.The parathyroid glands produce parathyroid hormone, which helps maintain an appropriate balance of calcium in the bloodstream and in tissues that depend on calcium for proper functioning. Two types of hyperparathyroidism exist. In primary hyperparathyroidism, an enlargement of one or more of the parathyroid glands causes overproduction of the hormone, resulting in high levels of calcium in the blood (hypercalcemia), which can cause a variety of health problems. Surgery is the most common treatment for primary hyperparathyroidism.

Secondary hyperparathyroidism occurs as a result of another disease that initially causes low levels of calcium in the body and over time, increased parathyroid hormone levels occur. This might be your diagnosis and the reason why your doctor prescribed Fosamax which is used to prevent and treat certain types of bone loss (osteoporosis) in adults. You need to let your doctor know of any concerns or questions you might have over any new medication he has prescribed. 

Hope this has helped.




July 25, 2014 - 5:03am
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