:) I am a 40 year old female. When I was in my 20's I started gaining weight and having mood swings. This got worse and worse. I went to many different Drs who mostly dismissed it as being depressed and eating too much, even though my diet had not changed. By the time I was 35 I had a list of symptoms including: weight gain of over 80 pounds mostly around the abdomen, extreme fatigue, muscle weakness, high blood pressure, purple stretch marks around my abdomen, facial hair, acne, infertility, easily bruising, round "moon" face, buffalo hump (hump on the back of the neck), thinning hair, brittle nails and thin skin. I felt and looked horrible. I was even suicidal. I am an RN and knew something was terribly wrong even though Drs thought I was crazy. I diagnosed myself with Cushing's Disease in March of 2002 and had successful surgery of a pituitary adenoma in August of 2002. I am sured I would have died without the diagnosis. Cushing's Syndrome is caused by a tumor somewhere (usually in the adrenal glands or pituitary gland) that causes excess cortisol production. The excess cortisol (a steroid) is what causes all the symptoms. When the tumor is in the pituitary gland it is called Cushing's Disease. Left untreated, Cushing's Syndrome can cause diabetes, heart disease and osteoporosis. Fortunately I did not get any of these. Initial testing for Cushing's Syndrome is usually blood tests: an am cortisol level and a pm cortisol level, and a 24 hour urine test to measure cortisol ( you save your urine for 24 hours). I urge anyone having these symptoms to be tested for Cushing's Syndrome. It is usually a treatable disease. I would not want anyone to go through the years of suffering that I went through. It is important for anyone having this syndrome to go to specialist at a major medical center. I went to the University of Michigan where I saw an endocrinologist specializing in Cushing's Syndrome and a pituitary neurosurgeon did my surgery. (My tumor was in my pituitary gland). He had done over 2,000 pituitary surgeries so I knew I was in good hands. Most of the symptoms I had went away after my surgery. I feel 100% better!Reply Follow This Thread Stop Following This Thread Flag this Discussion
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