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Kristina's Story...

When I was hospitalized when I was 14 years old for a condition that was never determined (they said it was all in my head). Other symptoms I've had since this time include muscle weakness, sudden weight gain, headaches, purple staie and excessive facial hair growth. Since this time my symptoms have progressively gotten worse. I used to be able to lose the weight at certain times, and now I'm almost 25 and I'm 260 pounds (in December 2006 I was 200). Last year I was 180, and have gone up and down throughout the years, but 6 years ago I was 125. I do not eat excessively as the doctor's love to declare.

For the past 2 years I have been aggressively trying to find out what is wrong with me. I have been diagnosed with Bipolar, anxiety, borderline personality disorder, carpul tunnel, migraines, asthma,allergies, and bladder incontinence with chronic UTI's within the past 2-3 years, I also have symptoms like black spots over the center of my eye periodically, moonface, constipation, constant fatigue, dizziness, insomnia, my legs and arms tingle a lot, I get a lot of head aches (not just migraines), muscle weakness, mood swings, I had a miscarriage last year, I get large cysts in my ovaries (the ultrasound showed 2 the size of oranges, that went away on their own) but many small ones, I get the hives pretty regularly (over the summer my throat would have closed had I not made it to the docs in time), i still have a excessive facial hair growth that I get rid of once a week, and have it between my breasts, a ton on my arms, and thighs, I'm you're regular chia pet, plus they are now saying my blood pressure is going up, I feel like I'm absolutely losing it, I'm sure there's a ton more too, but u get the point. No matter what I do I keep gaining weight, I exercise A LOT. I'm a dog walker, and walk about 6 miles per day. Even though half the time I'm ready to collapse, I feel like if I don't add more exercise on to that I'd be double the weight I am now. I constantly diet, usually still gaining though I'm eating 1200 cals, I've tried the atkins (which I followed to the T and gained 20lbs on, it's just rediculous. The doctor's have thought I had rheumatiod arthritis, lime disease, ms, thyroid problems, all of which have come back negative.

After reading a little bit about cushings, and having had my thyriod checked numerous times, gone to neurologists, psychiatrists, and therapists, all too many appointments with my primary care, who seems to think I'm binge eating, and does nothing more than reccomend a therapist rather than actually find out what's wrong with me I finally see something I relate to. I made an appointment with an endocrinologist which isn't till may 25th, hopefully this is the answer. I have gathered pictures of myself over the past 5 years ( suggested on this site), and even though I knew my weight has increased a lot over the years, I did not realize just how good I used to look, and the fact that it was only 6 years ago when I looked so great, and afterwards I remember complaining about 140, then 160, and 180. Now at 260 pounds I could only wish to be 160 or 180! The thought of ever being that fun, happy healthy girl in that picture at 125 doesn't even seem possible anymore. I don't want something to be wrong with me, but I know there is. I want whatever it is I have validated.

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