Calcium absorption following parathyroid surgery
I had 4 gland hyperplasia and had 3 and one half of my parathyriod glands removed. So my endo called today and said that my active vitamin D along with all the other "D"'s are all normal. My PTH is still low at 14, but at least it is somewhere. So she wants me to continue with taking HCTZ to encourage calcium retention, and to take mega calcium every day since my calcium is still low. I do remain puzzled, though. Why can't I get my calcium up despite having good D levels and taking calcium? Why am I apparently not absorbing the calcium when all systems should be making retention a breeze? I take calcium citrate and calcium carbonate.
What about the "jettisoning" process of taking supplemments? I mean, doesn't your body only absorb so much and the rest is given the boot out of the system? Doesn't your body only absorb so much at any given time? Am I supposed to take 400 mg. every 2 hours 24/7? If I take 1,000 mg at a time, isn't alot of it just gotten rid of? This is discouraging. I still get the tingling and my hand still cramps when I take my blood pressure. :-( And, I still feel like I have been beaten with an idiot stick.