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Is it Cushings?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • June 1, 2009
  • 10:52 AM

I am 22 years old. I have had problems with my period since I was 12. (not getting them but three times a year, and now I bleed everyday, and I can't take the "pill" because it makes me bleed really bad constantly until they put me on a different medication to stop it) I have abnormal hair growth on my face. I have cystic acne. Dandruff, dry skin, buffalo hump (i've had since I was little and my mom took me to the doctor for it and they said not to worry about it) weight issues all around my mid section. I started getting severe stretch marks when I was about 12, and I was 5'2 130lbs, so I wasn't overweight at the time. Was diagnosed with anxiety and bipolar disorder. Severe body issues. I always had reoccurring infections until this day ranging from bronchitis to ear infections to strep, I even had MRSA. I am tired all the time, not sleepy tired, just exhausted feeling. I knew something was wrong and when I was 18 I saw that I had all the signs and symptoms of PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) and went to my doctor with it. He diagnosed me without testing me, and put me on metformin. I was extreamly sick and I've been trying to stay on the medication, but my body can't take it. I was on prednisone for a bad infection and my blood sugar went sky high and the doctors told me I was diabetic. The diabetic drug they had me on made my sugar go low so I had to eat every couple of hours or I would pass out. I stopped taking the medications all together now. I had a blood test done and my liver enzymes were high so my doctor thought I had either something wrong with my gallbladder, or I had hepititis, both tests were negitive, but my white blood count was also elevated. The doctor also noted that my ovaries were fine from the abdominal ultrasound I had done for the gallbladder. No cysts on my ovaries, which is what PCOS is. So I looked up the wrong diagnosis for PCOS and came across Cushings Disease. I have all those symptoms as well. Excessive thurst, my mom had me checked for diabeties every year because I drank so much water. I also have had pain in my kidney regions come up, and when I go to the doctor they tell me that I must have pulled a muscle in my back, I know the difference between pulled muscle pain, and the other pain I was having, and would get angry with them. My doctors around here think that I am making everything up, and that I shouldn't worry about things. My health is getting worse I am more tired than any other time. I have had ear infections for the past 4 months that will not go away and I've been on 5 kinds of antibiotics for them, and the ER doctor told me to get tubes put in my ears. I have no insurance, so I see the "cheap doctor" or I go to the hospital. I can't hold down a job, and I don't like to go out in public really anymore. My blood pressure has always been normal to the low side, now I've noticed its getting higher in the 130/85 region. Its not that high, but my usually ran 110/70-120/75 never any higher. So I am worried, we have a lot of diabetes in my family as well as heart disease. My grandfather had a benign brain tumor, and after the removal of it had a stroke which ultimately led to his death 10 years later. My other grandpa died of a massive heart attack. My grandma has vitamin b12 deficiency, my other grandma has type two diabetes. I don't know if any of that is relevant, but I thought I would add it just in case. If anyone can help me I would be very greatful. I live in the Columbus, Ohio area, so if you know of any better clinics or "cheap" doctors that I can go to to get some tests done that would be great, any and all information is very helpful thank you!

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