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Amenorrhea

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 17, 2010
  • 06:45 PM

I have all the symptoms of Cushings but my doctors are refusing to give me an MRI, or even a referral so I can get one done privately - what can I do?
I have had unexplained amenorrhea since age 14, an underactive thyroid, pituitary irregularities, dry cracking skin, headaches, night sweats & leg cramps, a buffalo hump and am overweight and suffer from depression as a result.
I am now 38 years old and exhausted. I have had so many examinations and blood tests done and been on so many kinds of HRT that I have lost count.
But yet the only time I have felt healthy was when I was pregnant (after my 6th IVF attempt) with my daughter. My hair and skin glowed, and I lost 2 stone in weight during my pregnancy. It was then I realised how run-down I normally feel.
Can anyone advise - What are my options?

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  • If your doctor won't investigate Cushing's or pituitary issues (which can be from gland itself or pressure on it from head or brain issues) you should look for another doctor or go to the hospital ER. If you have adrenal and thyroid symptoms, you must consider that they both get stimulated by the pituitary gland, and that should be checked out. What kind of doctor or insurance would do that to you?!Good luck to you.
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  • I live in the UK so am reliant on the NHS. My GP referred me to an endicrinologist who did a cortesol suppression test, told me it was normal and that all my sysmptoms were as a result of me being overweight.When my periods stopped at 14 I weighed 9 stone (126 lbs). I haven't grown any in height since then and now weigh 11 stone (154 lbs). Overweight, I know, but hardly so obese that it could be the cause.The private MRI clinics require a referral from my GP, so I'm stuck.Thanks for the Good Luck Wishes.If your doctor won't investigate Cushing's or pituitary issues (which can be from gland itself or pressure on it from head or brain issues) you should look for another doctor or go to the hospital ER. If you have adrenal and thyroid symptoms, you must consider that they both get stimulated by the pituitary gland, and that should be checked out. What kind of doctor or insurance would do that to you?!Good luck to you.
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