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Endocrine disorder??? Please read!!!

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 29, 2006
  • 02:51 PM

I am a 36 year old female. In March of this year my blood pressure went from normal/low to 200/110. I was put on Micardis and Toprol because my pulse rate was on average 80-90 or higher at rest. A month later I was diagnosed with high cholesterol. A month or so after that I was in the hospital with visual disturbances and my left hand went numb, diagnosed with probable TIA. Many blood tests including sugar were done and normal. Six weeks ago i was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome through an ultra sound. No labs were done. Last week i was diagnosed with diabetes. High insulin levels and they want me to start glucophage. The doctor seems to think it is from the PCOS but all of these started so suddenly and hypertnesion was so severe. My hands are swollen. I can't wear my rings. I do have problems with facial hair but that has been for a while now. I had problems with pitting edema in legs and swollen eyelids which is better but occasional flare. In the last six months i started have muscle weakness in my arms/shouders/upper back. I don't believe it is from medication. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. I think something may be going on other than the PCOS but the doctors are trying to find out. They just keep giving me more pills. I find it odd to go from nothing to all of the above in a matter of months. I am also not able to have children so if that is from the PCOS that means i have had it for many years so it seems I would have gotten the other conditions a lot sooner than i did.

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  • My friend has PCOS. The hair, infertility, diabetes, etc are all related. She battles the same thing. If you want to get better sooner, watch your diet. Start follow a diabetic diet. If you get things under control, you may be able to have children.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 3, 2007
    • 01:30 AM
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  • I had a similar problem. I had it for nearly 4 yrs. It was called "Cushings Syndrome. I diagnosed it myself after many test had been ran on me, but not for "cushings", and I had never heard of it. If you would like, I will explain all the problems, but I would prefer to tell you what to do. Go to your Endocrinologist and tell him to test for Cushings Syndrome. It results from a tumor on your adrenal gland that sits atop your kidney. You must have it removed (laparoscopy). Mine was a benign tumor. You later must take steroid until the 1 adrenal starts to work on its own. (an over production of cortisol in your body from stress) It only took mine 2 mos. Symptoms are high blood pressure, central obesity, mood swings, little limbs, bruising, swollen eyes, swollen cheeks, rapid weight gain, weakness, buffalo hump on your neck, straiae? (spelling but it looks like a scratch on your skin that came from ?) God, it was the worst period of my life. Doctors didn't have a clue. Thank God for the internet. I put my symptom into the internet, and "Cushings" came up. I went to my doctor and told him what I thought. He said that I didn't have it. (doctors do not like for you to tell them, as they are supposed to be the specialist) So he began test and wha lah? All I can say is, I don't know how we lived without the internet. It took them about 8 months to finally do the surgery, but I have been fine ever since. About 4 yrs. No signs of high blood pressure. The swelling, etc., has disappeared. I live a normal life, but now, I sometimes worry if it will affect my other adrenal gland. I have heard that it may be caused by too much stress in our lives . Hope this helps.
    miitynice 5 Replies
    • January 3, 2007
    • 08:00 PM
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  • Hi, Much of what you said and the adrenals could be from undx'd Lyme disease too. The Lyme taxes the thyroid and the adrenals, and can cause a sudden raise in cholesterol and BP. Lyme affects everything, vision too. Have the doc give you a Western Blot test for Lyme, its the best of all the tests. The others have a lot of false negs. If one test is neg, have them do another. Sometimes it dosen't show up in the blood work right away. Best wishes.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 4, 2007
    • 03:43 PM
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  • I had a similar problem. I had it for nearly 4 yrs. It was called "Cushings Syndrome. I diagnosed it myself after many test had been ran on me, but not for "cushings", and I had never heard of it. If you would like, I will explain all the problems, but I would prefer to tell you what to do. Go to your Endocrinologist and tell him to test for Cushings Syndrome. It results from a tumor on your adrenal gland that sits atop your kidney. You must have it removed (laparoscopy). Mine was a benign tumor. You later must take steroid until the 1 adrenal starts to work on its own. (an over production of cortisol in your body from stress) It only took mine 2 mos. Symptoms are high blood pressure, central obesity, mood swings, little limbs, bruising, swollen eyes, swollen cheeks, rapid weight gain, weakness, buffalo hump on your neck, straiae? (spelling but it looks like a scratch on your skin that came from ?) God, it was the worst period of my life. Doctors didn't have a clue. Thank God for the internet. I put my symptom into the internet, and "Cushings" came up. I went to my doctor and told him what I thought. He said that I didn't have it. (doctors do not like for you to tell them, as they are supposed to be the specialist) So he began test and wha lah? All I can say is, I don't know how we lived without the internet. It took them about 8 months to finally do the surgery, but I have been fine ever since. About 4 yrs. No signs of high blood pressure. The swelling, etc., has disappeared. I live a normal life, but now, I sometimes worry if it will affect my other adrenal gland. I have heard that it may be caused by too much stress in our lives . Hope this helps.Thank you for your reply. I have actually heard of Cushing's. I have not seen an endocrinologist yet but my family doctor is supposed to be getting me a referral. I have had all of the symptoms except the striae and the buffalo hump. As for the central obesity, I had a big belly, and was so distraught over it, I had liposuction last year so most of the fat cells are gone and it is hard to say if i still have that symptom or not. I am glad to hear you are doing well!!! I will keep everyone posted.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 4, 2007
    • 05:19 PM
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  • I was going to tell you that I always had large breast, and a very small waist. Very nice figure in my 16-40's. But after the illness (Cushings Syndrome), I would gain fat in my breast and my stomach (central obesity). I went from a 36 DDD to a 38 H. It was kind of a nuisance so about 3 yrs ago, they agreed to do a breast reduction. I went to a 36 DD but the boobs were not as natural to me although ok. Wide but not as plump on top. Additionally, it appears that my metabolism has slowed alot and I gain weight much easier, so I am now very over weight, compared to 5-6 yrs ago. About 25 lbs heavier but losing. My breast after the illness and surgery are larger but I am larger too. I lose, they lose. (Not as much fat). Anyway, my stomach is not flat anymore:(, but I haven't given up. It really sounds like you may have cushing to me so make sure you check. It is so often misdiagnosed. Take care.
    miitynice 5 Replies
    • January 4, 2007
    • 06:48 PM
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