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Kristine (Kristine), Adrenal Bio

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18 months ago I underwent an adrenalectomy (L) for a benign mass. My cortisol levels were slightly elevated, all tests suggested sub clinical cushings.

Before the surgery I felt great, no symptoms other than easy bruising, bleeding gums and mild hypertention. In fact, the reason I went to an endocrinologist was because I thought i had a hypothyroid issue and my fasting blood glucose was always around 110. The adrenal mass was an incidentaloma during a scan of my pancreas/abdomen.

During the surgery I suffered a positioning injury  to my shoulder, arm, and hand. Permanent nerve damage and horribly painful to this day. My initial post op replacement dose of cortisone was 10mg twice a day even though the surgeon and my endo were quite aware of my injuries. I felt like I was dying. Short of breath, chest pain, no sleep ever to this day.

Finally after 6 months a doctor at the hospital were I worked as an RN took over and directed me to pain management and ordered MRIs. Torn muscles, bursitis, tendonitis carpal tunnel and ulnar nerve entrapement etc….Since then i have had to change endos because mine has become rude and my appointments brief. I make 0.5 cortisol, nothing.

I am still on disability and will be terminated permenently in September. Every morning I lie there writhing in pain, short of breath, crying. I am so lethargic once I force myself up I bump into things. Some days I can’t get up at all. All pain management wants to do is inject steroids. I have had 3 nreve blocks and a spinal stimulator trial which did more harm than good. I KNOW I am in steroid withdrawl but what do I do now?

It’s been 18 months and I can’t find an endo who will pay any attention to me…………….I  also believe I still have a thyroid problem. My levels are ‘borderline’ just like my cortisol was but the symptoms are all there and very obvious. Plus my cholesterol ,untreated, is 295. I don’t eat junk at all. never did.

My meds are Hyzaar, lipitor, neurontin, calcium, prozac,and 10mg of cortisone a day. I ditched the vitamin d3 because they only check my D-25 not 1-25 D and I am afraid of having dysregulated Vit D metabolisn which increases inflammation…..

I don’t know what to do. Help 😦

Kristine

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Sarah (sopdiva), Pituitary Bio

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Hello, My name is Sarah. I am currently researching and undergoing test related to Cushing’s. I am turning 30 this year and have decided I have ignored my body long enough.

I was diagnosed with 2 pituitary tumors at the age of 15. At that time I was having horrible headaches, neasea on a regular bases, balance issues, gained 80 pounds in 4 months, and some crazy stretch marks.

The last time I saw a doctor for the issue was when I was 18 because they could not figure out how to treat me. Since then I have gained 240 lbs., have hypothyroidism, have had 6 carpel tunnel surgeries, and have issues with blood sugar levels. I am a large woman but do not eat like one…. I swear. My husband and I are doing a diet diary to take to the pituitary center with us. Sounds crazy I know, all I have ever heard is that I control my weight , so stop eating.

I saw a TV special about Cushing’s and my husband and I both agree that is me. The woman that they featured , my body is shaped just like hers. I hope that I can find a dr. that will listen to me.

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