What doctor to see?
**Cliff notes on bottom for the lazy **
Hey guys I am looking for some advice. For awhile now I have been seeing a colorectal surgeon about some issues I have been having. I had a couple of minor surgeries and I had to have one major surgery. Before the surgery I had to get a full blood test done.
When I received the results back there were some abnormalities. I tested...
High for K (Potassium)
The normal range in MEQ/L (milliequivalents of solute per litre) is from 3.7 - 5.2
I tested 5.4
Low for CL (Chloride)
Normal is 103 - 112
I tested 102
High for Ca (Calcium)
Normal is 8.6 - 10.0
I tested 10.4
Before anyone says dont look to the internet for medical advice, I see a doctor weekly now. My primary care physician also knows of this as before the surgery he had to check me out and go over the blood work and make sure I was ok.
Anyway he seemed concerned with the potassium levels but said most likely it was an error in how it was taken. Right before surgery I had to get retested for potassium. They did the test, I didn't hear anything else and I went into surgery so I am assuming it tested fine the second time?
He also said that because of the elevated calcium he wanted to see me back when I was done with the colorectal surgeon.
Now here are my questions. Is there some sort of specialist who would deal with this? I always prefer a specialist to a doctor who treats many different things as I dont have much faith in primary care physicians. Is there such a thing as a blood doctor? Who would be best to see about this? I did some minor research on elevated calcium levels and found some info. A lot of it saying you should NEVER test high and that most doctors say okay, lets do a blood test again and then you test fine and they think nothing happened when in reality it fluctuates and an underlying problem is still there. Most things lead to it being described as hyperparathyroidism.
Has anyone else experienced any of these results?
Anyway I realize this is long so here are cliff notes:
Got blood test done
Some abnormal results
What doctor is best to see about this?
Last edited by Turboem1; 01-24-08 at 05:37 PM.