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Joanne's Story

I am a 33 yr old wife and mother of two children (ages 4 and 2). I am undergoing testing for cushing disease.

My first simple blood tests came back normal. Has this happened to other cushing's patients? I am hoping that I HAVE cushings. If I do, I can be treated and I can have hope.

I have suffered for years with depression. During my first pregnancy my blood pressure went very, very high and never came down after giving birth. I am still on hp medication today.

After my son was born, I had acute depression/psychosis in the hospital. I started to gain weight and panic attacks complicated my daily routines. After the birth of my daughter in April 2004, I did not loose weight.

My lower back aches, my muscles are weak, sometimes every bone in my body aches. I have purple stretch marks on my inner knees and on my stomach and back. My period is irregular for the first time in my life. The freckles on my face have darkened and multiplied. My face is huge and so is my neck. Within the past few months my weight has shifted to my upper body. Large fat deposit at the back of my neck. I have constant mood swings and feel out of contact with my body. I am thirsty all the time. And I break out in embrassing sweats all the time.

Does this sound familar to any of you?

Looking for someone to talk too!!!

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