Should I be taking Vitamin D?
I am a 53 year old man. I had parathyroid surgery in 2/2023. Prior to surgery, my calcium levels had been high, 10.1 to 10.9 mg/dl for the previous 3 years.
Upon diagnosis I was told to take Vitamin D3 (3000 IU) daily.
In 6/2023 I began having neck pain and dizziness. My PTH was measured at 121 pg/ml, with Calcium 10.7 mg/dl.
In 10/20/2023 I stopped taking Vitamin D3. In 11/23 I was feeling abnormal. Dysphagia came back, very frequent urination etc.
I requested labs as a result and my blood calcium came back as 10.7 and PTH was 53, the lowest in 2 years (since being measured).
Yet, I feel worse than ever. Should I resume D3? I just do not know.
Thanks for writing in. Typically I recommend taking calcium and Vitamin D after parathyroid surgery, but in your case I would advise against it, since your calcium is still high.
Unfortunately, your lab results indicate that you still have primary hyperparathyroidism (pHPT). The calcium level is high for your age, and the PTH is not suppressed, which is inappropriate for the elevated calciu...