I think your instincts around finding an endochrinologist who specializes in vitamin deficiencies is definitely on target. It is very scarey to feel like you're just being "experimented" on or that someone is figuring things out with you rather than based upon knowledge with other patients. I think being in contact with VitaLady is good advice too.
I just had my baseline Bone Mineral Density scans yesterday (follow up on my arm, because at my pre-test I was too big for the machine) and my hip/spine baseline. I can't stress how important it is to have these tests done regularly. (For all of those in Ontario, you need to have your PCP outline that you have a "malabsorption syndrome" to get through the new rules around not having annual screening without meeting certain criteria - PM if you have any questions)
Center for Nutrition and Metabolic Medicine, Greene Memorial Hospital Advanced Medical Group, Xenia, OH 45385, USA. [email protected]
Chronic vitamin D deficiency, inadequate calcium intake, and secondary hyperparathyroidism are common in obese individuals, placing them at risk for low bone mass and metabolic bone disease. After bariatric surgery, they are at even higher risk, owing to malabsorption and decreased oral intake. Meticulous preoperative screening, judicious use of vitamin and mineral supplements, addressing modifiable risk factors, and monitoring the absorption of key nutrients postoperatively are essential in preventing metabolic bone disease in bariatric surgery patients.
I would email Dr. Williams, explain your situation and ask for a referral to an endocrinologist near you whom he thinks is sufficiently informed to treat your medical needs.
~ I am the proud wife of a Guatemalan, but most people call me Kimberley
Highest Known Weight = 370# / 59.7 bmi @ 5'6"
Current Weight = 168# / 26.4 bmi : fluctuates 5# either way @ 5'7" / more than 90% EWL
Normal BMI (24.9) = 159#: would have to compromise my muscle mass to get here without plastics, so this is not a goal.
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