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Esperanzia's Story

I'm 34 yrs old and a mother of a 15 yr old son and a 10 yr old daughter...I was diagnosed with Cushing's disease in April.

The doctors kept ruling it out but all my tests kept coming back severely high...At first my doctor didn't know what was going on with me...I gained 75 lbs in 3 months...I started having high blood sugar readings...Severe high blood pressures...Blood pressure so high they was in stroke range...Started having severe leg pains. Like my muscles was being pulled from the bones...My physical appearance started changing.

I began having the moon face, the hump on my neck, the straie marks on my lower back, upper thighs, behind my knees, the large stomach that made me look like I was 6 months pregnant, hair on my face, etc.. So my doctor decided to send me to a diabetic clinic where they could treat my diabetes and blood pressure...They turned out to be an endocrinologist....Who in turn took one look at me and told me that she knew what was wrong with me..

They thought that it was my pituitary gland but now they think it is my adrenal glands...I have several other ailments wrong with me...Like I have asthma, migraines, bipolar, depression, superventricular tachycardia, syncope episodes, polymyalgia rheumatica...I am on 24 different medicines that I take on a routines basis...I am so frustrated, upset, angry, depressed, confused...I don't understand what is going on with me.

I'm on a walker now cause I am having trouble walking...I have severe pains with my legs...If I rated it on the pain scale it would be pass the 10...Sometimes I think that maybe if I could end this I would stop hurting but I know that is not the way out of this...

So far I'm the only one in the state of Arkansas that has this disease...There might be others but none that I know of so far...I try to talk to people but they don't understand...I wish that there was someone that I could talk to that could help me understand and see the light...That's why I have turned to this support group...I have read other people's bio and some of them are just like me...Maybe I'm not alone in this battle...

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