And It's About Time There Was Some Support For Cushing's!
I recently completed a clinical trial at NIH because of an adrenal nodule. I also have hyperplasia of both adrenals.
Turns out I have primary hyperaldosteronism (which had previously been diagnosed) as well as elevated cortisol. I was told I don't have Cushings but could develop it. Yet I do have unbelievably excessive sweating and have just begun to develop what I assume to be a buffalo hump--a lump at the top of my spine between my shoulders that is hard to the touch and painful.
My ability to handle stress is nearly nil; I sleep upward of twelve hours and more a day and yet get exhausted doing the littlest things. I've lost a lot of weight over the past two years because of nearly daily diarrhea--which I now believe may be caused by a deteriorating liver as I also have Heptatis C--and yet I have a fatty paunch which is beginning to show stretch marks I didn't know I had.
My skin heals poorly and bruises very easily. I have splotchy skin, i..e, dark patches and totally pigment-less patches on my face. I was told my hypothalamus produces too much CRH which, in turn, triggers the ACTH to produce too much cortisol.
With two, possibly three, chronic conditions, I am beginning to worry about returning to work after my medical leave of absence ends this January.
I was on the pheochromocytoma support board until my diagnosis, and I know how helpful it was to have a group to turn to. I'm glad to see this one looks like a similarly supportive and informative group.