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Parathyroid Hormone Level

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I was diagnosed with celiac disease last week. The bloodwork, genetic testing, and biopsies from the small intestine all came back positive. I am doing really well on the gluten free diet. I am actually feeling better than I have in a long time. I thought the doctor checked for everything possible, but today in the mail I received an order to have more bloodwork. Have any of you had a para thyroid test? He already did T3. T4, and TSH and they came back normal. He is also doing a Prothrombin time test. I read about this and it will check how my blood clots and also my vitamin K level. I have read alot of posts about some people having trouble with their doctors not doing enough. I really feel like I am in good hands.

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Hi,

The parathyroid test is probably because he may be concerned about your calcium levels and absorption. Your parathyroid is called that because it is near the thyroid (para means near) but has nothing to do with your thyroid. So it is separate test from the thyroid tests he's already done. The parathyroid produces calcium for your bones and blood. If you are not absorbing calcium, then your blood will go get it from your bones, resulting in osteoporosis. He just wants to see if your parathyroid is still functioning and producing calcium.

You are right, it does sound like you are in very good hands. Good luck with all of your blood work.

Dee

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I had my thyroid and parathyroid checked when I was diagnosed (along with bone density and vitamin D levels). It does sound like you are in good hands!

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