Kathi B's Story...
I am 48 years old. About 4 -5 years ago I started to notice that I was brusing very easily. I was starting to put on weight in my face and around my abdomen. I went to my doctor, and he put it down to aging. With my husband's and my insistance, he started to send us to numerous doctors. Over 2-3 years I had may blood tests, but nothing was ever found. We gave up about 2 years ago. My doctor told me that if I stopped running into things, I would stop brusing. I believe he was just trying to be comical, but it did not help me with what I perceived as still being a problem.
Over the years I have gained about 60 lbs and have gotten more and more tired. I have a hard time making it up one flight of stairs without "pulling" myself up the last few. My strenght seems to be fading in my legs and arms, and I always seem to be tired. For years I have been blaming myself for the weight gain, being tired all of the time, not being strong enough to do my housework. I now have high blood pressure and diabeties. And I not only bruse easily, I am very thin skinned now.
In June 2007 I fell down at work. I went to the emergency room because of the extensiveness of my injury. The emergency room doctor was surprised at the injury because I told him that I have just tripped over a chair and fell on my left leg. I told him that I was thin skinned. He said it was more than that, and that I looked Cushenoid. My husband and I went home and "googled" Cushings. I seemed to have all the symptoms. We went to a Endocrinologist. We insisted that she test me for Cushings. She was hesitant, but agreed. The 24 hour urine test came back at a cortisol level of 851. Then the pill / blood test came back at 24.6. She was surprised. I do not believe she thought we knew what we were talking about. She sent me to have an MRI. I have a Tumor (golf ball size) on my left Adrenal Gland. I am scheduled for surgery on August 29th. They will be removing the Tumor and the left Adrenal Gland.
I am curious as to why none of the doctors / specialists I had been to starting 4 - 5 years ago did not pick up on this. I look the same now (moon face, round belly, etc.) as I did then. I just hope it does not take me to long to get back to how I used to be, or at least somewhat close.
I believe that God works in mysterious ways. If I had not fallen down at work, the emergency room doctor would not have noticed my symptoms. I would still be walking around with a Tumor and not knowing.
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