Friday, June 26, 2009

Beth (bounceback01), undiagnosed bio

Years and years of no answers and thinking I was losing my mind may be coming to an end. It looks like Cushing's.

I'll know for sure in about 2 weeks but my Endo is pretty certain. Round face, 40 lb FAST weight gain, bruising, muscle tiredness, middle body weight, it's all there. While my Dr. had suspected this for a while the first testing seemed inconclusive, no major abnormalities. Fortunately for me after the weight gain my Endo decided to run the salivary cortisol and urine testing again. This time the results were not inconclusive, my cortisol levels were through the roof. No matter how long I had known this was an option the actuality of this diagnosis has thrown me. It doesn't look like it's a "could be" prognosis anymore but likely this is "it"

We'd talked about the possibility of Cushing's but now we are talking treatment options. I thought I was prepared but now I find I am really having a hard time wrapping my mind around this. I'm really happy there is a community out here for support. How do you do this on your own?

My family is freaking out about this and think the (2) options for treatment that I've been given are extreme. They want to pursue natural health resources. I want to move forward with life. For years there has been a "mystery" around my health and I think this is the answer. Did anyone else ever feel like they were losing their mind? I'm guessing I'm not the only one who would welcome a concrete answer. Thanks for showing me this is doable. When I'm "official" I'll let you know.

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