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Could this be cushing Syndrome?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 29, 2006
  • 06:42 AM

I have been struggling for a few years with some symptoms of digestion issues...I had my gall bladder removed but the pathology report came back stating the gall bladder was fine. Symptoms were bloating, feeling very full...had a few "attacks" that were thought to be gall bladder. That was 2 years ago and now I am struggling with more symptoms that seem to be unrelated but not sure. I am 36 and had been experiencing emotional ups and downs. With strange hair growth (not much, but never had any and now I do) on my face (upper lip), and periods always normal until past year I am never exactly on time and went from usualy 7 days down to 4 days. Also my scalp hair is thinning on top. So I went to GYN and she did a test to check for hormone levels and all was fine. How could it be fine if I am experiencing all of these changes? She said that nothing has changed since my last pregnancy which was more than 3 years ago. So I am wondering about Cushings? I wondered what the MAIN symptoms are? Lots of women get hair growth that is not normal for them...but wouldn't I have seen the hormone levels prove this?

Any thoughts on this I would sure appreciate it. I also have high blood pressure and have been on medication for many years, about 6. I am also very irritable and experiencing pms symptoms of this kind 2-3 weeks out of every month...the only week I am free of this is DURING my period!

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  • cushings is classified by obesity in the abdomen and face, hair groth on face, high blood sugar, and recurrent infections. The hormone responsible is cortisol from the adrenal gland above the kidney. Cortisol release is stimulated by the pituitary in the brain. So cushings is an oversecretion of cortisol caused by a change in function of one of these endocrine glands. Check your blood sugar and did the doc. check cortisol levels? I think GI symptoms can be related also, maybe because of increased blood sugar. Check thyroid too. Good luck.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 29, 2006
    • 04:21 PM
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  • Sounds nothing like cushings. Possibly PCOS/ hirsuitism with a bit of non-ulcer dyspepsia.If you had cushings you would have had a raised cortisol level when your hormones were checked.Symptoms include (but are not limited to):-central obesity with peripheral wasting "lemon on sticks" appearance-thin skin and stretch marks-weak bones-Psychosis-"moon-face" (a bit like looking at a full moon)-High blood sugar leading to diabetes-Immunosuppression+symptoms related to the cause (e.g. visual field loss in pituitary macroadenoma, TB)Almost invariably seen in people taking steroids for other conditions. Very rare to have primary cushings
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 30, 2006
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