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  1. betseebee

    Carpal Tunnel?

    I had to start on .2 every other day at first and then work up to .3--alternating between .2 and .3 every other day. I did that because I started getting carpal tunnel-type pains and tingly hands. If I were you I would stop the GH for two or three days and then resume, alternating between . 2 and .3 for a while (hopefully you can adjust the dose downward). I use that strategy whenever I am slated to increase the dose--always alternating-- I'll do two or three days on the same dose and then one day on the higher dose for a few weeks--then move to every other day for a few weeks, then finally doing the same dose every day. Getting the symptoms you describe was a sign for me to slow down and readjust.
  2. betseebee

    The Heyday of These Boards is Clearly Over

    I wish there was a way for you to get advertising revenue. I come back here every once in a while--it's a comfort to know that it is here. You saved my life as well, Mary.
  3. betseebee

    Angry, confused, and a little scared.

    Hi, So sorry to hear you got the run-around, which so many of us can relate to. I am glad to hear they finally found your tumor though. There have been people on these boards with kidney cysts and Cushing's but it's been awhile and I don't remember who they are. I seem to remember that a Cushing's expert, Dr. Ludlam, who used to work in Seattle told patients that cysts anywhere in the body are common with Cushing's. For example, I have a pineal gland cyst and liver cysts. My liver cysts have shrunken though since my last CT scan--I am currently in remission from Cushing's so perhaps the high cortisol was indeed causing these cysts. Perhaps someone who knows more about kidney cysts will chime in here. Good luck with everything.
  4. O.k. well this question is a little past the deadline but I hear that not all patients can take Korlym. Which type of patient should not take it?
  5. If you think you might have Cushing's then it is important to rule it out. You need to do many urine tests for cortisol--if you can do four over a two-week period, along with four salivary cortisol tests that would be a good start. As a person who had Cushing's for many years before diagnosis I cannot stress enough how important it is to get an early diagnosis--the more weight you gain the harder it is to lose and the more damage is done to your muscles, bones, eyes, heart, etc. Even many endocrinologists have problems diagnosing Cushing's because they believe it is too rare and they are not up-to-date on the latest testing. Get copies of all your tests (it's your right) and keep pushing for more testing. Good luck and keep us posted.
  6. betseebee


    Hi Kristina and welcome to the boards. It sounds like you have been through a lot and I hope your tests will give you the answers you need. Everybody is different of course but it seems as though younger people with Cushing's lose weight a lot more easily after successful tumor removal than anybody else. Being tired in the weeks after surgery is pretty typical as well but it can also take a while to be able to sleep through the night again. People with successful tumor removal don't seem to suffer from the kind of fatigue people with full-blown Cushing's experience. Many people need to keep an eye on their hormones after surgery and replace whichever ones might become deficient (including growth hormone). We will try to answer any other questions you might have. Good luck with everything and please keep us posted as to how things go.
  7. New: Elizabeth, California. Pituitary surgery #1, 2009. Pituitary surgery #2, 2010. In remission but constantly testing for a recurrence.
  8. I look forward to listening. It's late and I know this probably sounds stoo-peed but can you tell me what I will click on to hear your interview? Do I just click on "The Coffee Klatch" thing-y?
  9. Hey Betsee, Just wanna make sure you got the PM I sent you (in reply to yours). (((Hugs)))

  10. Hey Betseebee! Just checking in to see how you're doing? I tried sending you a personal message but your mailbox is full :( Hope you're doing alright!

  11. I missed the first 15 minutes--is there a way to listen to the re-broadcast today does anyone know?