A Golden Oldie
I am a Veteran who goes to the Veteran Clinic for my healthcare. I have been going there for a little over a year. I go to a womens clinic for both my primary care and gyn.
Backing up a bit…Since my youngest son who is turning 18 next month was about 3, I recall the onset of many of the symptoms of Cushing’s Disease. However, I didn’t realize what was going on. I believe a lot of my symptoms started when I fell down backwards down a flight of stairs breaking my elbow and wrist. I really haven’t been the same since. I have slowly put on 120 pounds over the years, all of it being in my mid-section. I have suffered off and on migrane headaches. My arms and legs are thin as rails compaired to my mid body. My skin has gotten transparent and dry. I have the thick cushion of fat tissue between my shoulder blades.
Then in 2007 I had a severe hysterectomy due to massive bleeding/clotting and cysts. I had serious complications which include blood clots in my legs and also a PE. I have gone down hill from there. My bones, muscles and joints ache so bad and can barely get up and down. I can’t hardly stand more then a few minutes at a time. I have fluid retention so bad that my current doctor finally put me on lasix daily. Finally I suffer from depression and anxiety and I hate to go out in public because of my condition. Though my husband gets frustrated with me he is still very protective of me and helps.
I have had so many doctors imply that my problems are phycological or due to my obesity and I am simply tired of that. I am on 17 medications now due to blood pressure, fluid retenstion, thyroid, diabetes, neuropathy, depression and anxiety, cholesterol and to insure against a heart attack.
I am 52 years old and I feel like my life is coming to an end. I just recently was reassigned to another primary doctor as my old one left the clinic. I didn’t like her at first, her personality was so different from my last doctor. But Friday she did a completed physical and gyn exam. She asked me if I had ever been diagnosed with Cushing’s Disease. I had never heard of this disease. She started pointing out all the classic signs. She decided she wanted me to have a blood test and was very determined I had it done. I went home and researched it and indeed I have all but maybe one of the symptoms.
I am a little bit nervous about it and realize its a waiting game as far as tests and more test. On the other hand I feel like I can finally put a name to what’s been going on and hopefully feel better. I am glad I found this support group and would enjoy talking to others
UPDATE March 6, 2012: Also, additional systems include excessive hair growth on my face, foggy vision, inability to concentrate, red patchy marks on my arms and I have been told I am slightly bi-polar as well at suffering from anxiety and depression.