Back problems run in my family. About 15 years ago I had a set of four treatments where they injected steroids into my disk followed by what was called trigger point injections. When I showed up for the 5th week (no one told me differently), I was told that I wasn't suppose to be there, that they "had given me all the steroids they could legally give me and couldn't give me a drop more" and I was done.
I gained almost 40 pounds in two weeks and had a serious case of moon face. The weight continued and a few weeks later I started noticing muscle fatigue. Pictures of me before and after look like two different people.
It has progressively gotten worse and I have been to many dr's. I have had my thyroid test lots and told to just exercise and diet more or that I am depressed.
I eat fairly healthy, but can't loose the weight to save my life. My muscled are slowly growing worse to the point now I am in serious pain everyday. I can't blow dry my hair because it hurts and tires my arms. I have problems with my skin, bad strech marks. I have a buffalo hump, but when I went talked to a Nurse Practitioner about it he just told me I was female, fat, and forty. (worse I was only 37!)
I recognize some of the symptoms of Cushings but don't know if that could be it, since the problems started after the steroids started to leave my body. I also have major fatigue. I keep pushing myself to exercise and try harder but that usually backfires on me. I ended up starting to work from home to manage my symptoms, because without a diagnosis there is nothing wrong with me.
I have a great life except for this. Normal ups and downs, good friends, loving family, good work from home job. But as I have watched this progress, I am terrified and what unknown things are going on and what the future holds for me.