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Tina Marie's Story

Hello everyone, I'm not sure how to do this. But here it goes.

I'm married with 5 wonderful children, 2 dogs, a cat, 2 birds,a rabbit, and 2 mice. I kind of have my hands full. Well I guess this all started about 5 years ago. I suddenly put on a lot of weight, felt tired all all the time.

My family Dr. told me I was depressed. I always felt sick so he tested me for thyroid hundreds of times. Then he tested for lupus. So finally, I stopped having my period in 1999 (not saying I missed it). I saw the gyn see put me on birth control to bring the period back. Well, that didn't last long. My blood pressure went sky high in March of 2000.

Soon I stated having hot flashes, they thought early menopause, but test said no. So once again back on birth control. She arranged for me to see an endo (Dr.Starky@Giesinger hospital) It took 3 months to get in. So in November of 2001 I don't think I was in his office all of 30 minutes when he told me he thought it was Cushing's. That was on Tuesday by that Friday he said all the tests were positive.

I went for my MRI And sure enough there it was a 5mm tumor on my pituitary. I met neurosurgeon (Dr.Elis@Giesinger hospital) He said we were lucky you see the tumor, this was the end of November and he said he wanted to do surgery ASAP, so we did on December 6, 2001.

I felt pretty good for awhile. But recently started to feel worse then before surgery. I'm always sick to my stomach, my legs hurt so much, I have this strange rash. So my endo increased my meds from 20mg corteff to 40mg corteff yesterday. Today I go see my family Dr. Lewis for tests my endo ordered.

Oh I've lost weight, but I can't keep much food in! So I wonder what test I'm going to have today?? I go back to see my endo on April 23, he will decide then if he going to put me thyroid meds. But with no insurance I don't think I'll be able to afford all this. Then I don't know what I will do! Well thanks for letting air out. I look forward to hearing from you, reading your boards and just getting to know you.

Thanks again,

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