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Carol's Story...

I am a 40 year old woman who has been through every possible test that I can imagine.

The anxiety started in my 20s and I would go through phases of being fine and then phases of complete anxiety.

Appproximately 8 years ago after symptoms of extreme fatigue I was diagnosed with a thyroid problem and put on medication. After approximately a year I started having adverse reaction to the medication. I was taken off the meds and my thyroid levels have been normal ever since.

5 years ago my blood pressure spiked for no apparent reason and I have been on high blood pressure medication since.

2 years ago I was diagnosed with clinical depression and put on Cymbalta, xanax, buspar and clonidine for blood pressure. I started having additional symptoms shortly after being put on Cymbalta. My symptoms are periods of extreme anxiety, nausea and bloating, acne, extremely oily skin, increased sweating, joint pain, extreme fatigue and exhaustion. Legs feel prickly and heavy. Increased facial hair. Dry brittle hair that falls out easily. My eyes are constantly burning and red and feel as if they are going to bulge out of my head. I am thin but have gained weight on my back. Breast tenderness and sporadic menstrual cycles. I also have lower back pain.

Over the past year my skin has changed and become thin. My doctor has tested me for Adrenal issues, etc but said the tests were normal. I also had an MRI of my head done. I have tried eating healthy, am trying to exercise but it takes every bit of energy I have. These symptoms do come and go and there are periods of times when I feel ok. I had a panic attack last week and went to my doctor. She doubled my zoloft from 75 mg to 150 mg. I honestly think the anxiety is a product of something else going on.

I just never feel good and have not for over 2 years. I have been doing research on what could be wrong and I have an appointment with my doctor on May 14th. I am going to go in with a list of symptoms written down. The last time I was in she lectured me on anxiety and worry and that I have to realize we never know what is going to happen from one moment to the next. I felt like she was telling me I am crazy. I just am so tired of feeling so bad.

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