In the early part of 2007 I was feeling very tired, was gaining weight even though I was eating 800 – 1000 calories a day and exercising 1 hour per day. I would go to my doctor and she would dismiss me inferring that I was just an overweight, middle aged woman looking for a quick fix to loose weight and control my diabetes. This went on for several months with me seeing her every 3 or 4 weeks with the same complaint.
Finally in mid 2007 I said enough was enough and demanded that she order some blood tests. Well, she ordered the 24 hour urine collection test for cortisol and lo and behold, my cortisol levels were off the chart. I was immediately referred to my endo and after ruling out many other things with MRIs, CAT scans and full body scans with radioactive injections,
I was referred to my neuro surgeon and he saved my life. The beginning of December of 2007, I had surgery to remove 1/2 of my pitutary gland that had micro (benign) tumors. 12 hours after surgery, my cortisol levels wer down to the high “normal” range.
Today, 5 years later, I have no cortisol issues at all and now my endo says I have a “history of Cushings disease”.