Help. I have many Cushings symptoms (but apparently not Cushings disease):
1) Abdominal Obesity
2) No period.
3) Fat pads on back and around shoulders/neck, fat face. Normal arms and legs.
4) Muscle weakness that progressively gets worse.
Also, I have
1) Pain in ribs, mostly on right side, all the time.
However, my 10:00 am cortisol is only 6.1 mcg/dl. Thyroid checks out as normal.
This has been going on for 3 1/2 years now.
The symptoms of weight gain and fatigue and failure to have a period came on suddenly....right after I had flu like symptoms for two weeks.
No amount of dieting and exercise affects the weight. In first two years gained 70 lbs and when from body fat percentage of 19% to 36%. This last year I have steadily creeped up but only about 5 or so additional pounds. Although body fat is now 40%. In first two years had been exercising 2 hrs/day, 6 days/week and eating healthy. However, extreme muscle weakness now prevents me from weight lifting, and participating in the other sports I once so loved.
No not smoke, do not drink alcohol or soda or coffee. Eat balanced healthy foods. Drink primarily water or unsweetened tea.
Does anyone know what could be going on here? Are there other diseases with these symptoms? I think a big piece of the puzzle should be related to the sudden onset of the symptoms. After the "flu" I did not get another period, and the weight came on so suddenly there were times I was gaining 4 lbs/week. Also, initially I had severe pain in my knee joints. However, this symptom has disappeared.