In answer to the questions concerning my osteoporosis tests, here are the ones that I took in April followed by the ones that my endocrinologist asked me to do next fall:
1. Calcium in the blood and urine; phosphorus in the urine (that was a lab mistake, it should have been a blood test); alkaline phosphatase; bone alkaline phosphatase; parathyroid hormone; creatinine in the blood and urine; creatinine clearance; pyridinoline.
2. In addition to the above, I will have the following tests done in the fall: phosphorus in the blood; vitamin D (25-OH); calcium ion. She also ordered a femoral and lumbar MOC, the abbreviation for Mineralometria Ossea Computerizzata, similar to a bone mineral density test but more comprehensive, from what I read online.
I think that is it. Oh, by the way, my official diagnosis is “hyperparathyroidism of uncertain origin.” (Remind you of anything? ) That is why my endocrinologist wants me to suspend my intake of vitamin D until the fall. If I don’t do so, she won’t be able to figure out the cause of my elevated parathyroid hormone.