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pituitary or not??

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  • Posted By: sopranomom
  • November 22, 2008
  • 06:49 PM

For the last 3 and a half years, I have been having periodic dizzy spells that feel like a vaso-vagal episode but are unrelated to any stress and often occur out of the blue when I'm sitting down. They occur in a cycle that seems menstrual in nature except that I am a post menopausal woman. I have been tested for neurological, cardiac and endocrine problems and most have been normal with the following exceptions. My aldosterone, prolactin and saliva cortisol levels are slightly increased (dexamethosone corrects the cortisol). I occaasionally have SVTs and I have a colloidal cyst on my thyroid that swells and recedes in an opposite cycle to the dizzy spells. The MRI of my pituitary shows an 'empty sella turica' which, on the internet, seems to be dismissed as something that obese women with high blood pressure get and there's no treatment. I am overweight but that seems to be related to my problems as I have gained 20 lbs over the last two years with no change in my eating habits and with joining a gym and exercising 2-3 times a week. Any ideas about treatment or diagnosis? I also had a slightly abnormal 5H1AA and because of that an octreotide scan for which the results are not back yet.

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