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broken ribs

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  • Posted By: mkilcrease
  • August 23, 2009
  • 00:14 AM

After bronchitis, I has pain in my chest and back, my doctor ordered an xray on my left side and discovered 3 broken ribs. The paid continued unabated despite increasing pain medication. 1 month later the doctor ordered additional full xray and they show a displaced rib on my left side and three more broken ribs on my right side. Blood work up show high ionized calcium which evidently causes brittle bones. Two months later, paid now horrible, a bone scan was ordered. It showed 12 broken ribs, front and back. No one can determine if they all broke at once or over this 4 month period. On morphine and Lyrica, with no relief. Parathyroid levels normal. Blood work up normal thus far...any ideas

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  • I'm naturally unfamiliar with your past medical history, but if you are being treated with any of the thiazide diuretic medications, then such treatment represents the most common cause of elevated calcium. Excessive doses of vitamin D can also produce elevated calcium. Whether the fractures were within the same time period or not is actually irrelevant in my opinion. If your calcium level is presently elevated, then your doctors need to determine the underlying cause. I would ask at this point whether you have any other symptoms, regardless of whether you believe them to be related to any degree. Best regards, J Cottle, MD
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