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How do cortisone injections cause the parathyroid gland to

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How do cortisone injections cause the parathyroid gland to overwork?

I had several cortisone injections for backache in 2008 and have been suffering from fatigue; digestive problems; frequent urination; heart palpitations; aches and tinglings on feet, hands, elbows, and knees, hair loss; optic disk drusen and posterior cataracts since. I had very low vitamin D 5nmol/L when checked in 2010 and was given an injection. I have been on vitamin D supplements since 2012. My serum parathyroid was checked recently and it is high 10.4 pmol/L. Everything else including serum calcium seems to be normal.
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Endocrinology
Expert:  Shantal-Mod replied 4 years ago.


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Expert:  DocPhilMD replied 4 years ago.
thanks for this excellent question

It is not the cortisone shots that are causing your parathyroid to overwork.

Basically this is primary hyperparathyroidism. This is its own separate issue

Your parathyroid glands are produces too much hormone

This is very common in regular people

you will likely need a scan to determine which one or ones are overacting. You may need surgery to remove them

I hope this helps.

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