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I've been searching every possible alternative explanation. I really hoped I just had a Lipoma but GP was pretty confident no. I've gained about 40lbs in the past year, I bruise easily and I have a Buffalo Hump. Cycle is regular, my mood is good, well ya know pandemic, home schooling, owning a business ... Lol I don't think I'm suffering any unusual stress or anxiety though. I am anxious over the time it's taking to get any info. I had blood drawn and an upcoming sono, date TBD, but don't see my GP for 5 wks! Can I get blood results over ph and skip right to Endocrinologist if Cortisol is high? Any input of speeding this along? Anyone else with only a few symptoms? Thanks!

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Welcome, Ellie.  I can't image how hard it would be to get a diagnosis (or not!) during these COVID times. 

Unfortunately, results from blood tests aren't going to be the answer - just a part of an answer.

You need to get UFCs (urine free cortisol)

Do you need to get a referral to an endo?  They are the best to diagnose Cushing's - if you get one who is familar with testing.  That's the important part.  Not all endos "believe in Cushing's" which is incredible to me.

Unfortunately, there's no real way of speeding a Cushing's diagnosis along.  And, I don't think you'd want to (although I did when I was in the diagnosis phase!)  You want to be absolutely sure that this is what you have AND the source - pituitary, adrenal, ectopic, steroid-induced...

Best of luck to you and please keep us posted.

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Thank you! I did get my test. I didn't have a urine test. Just blood test at about 4:30pm with 13.8 ug/dL results. Depending where I read that is normal or high. Very confused.

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Unfortunately a 4:30 pm cortisol test can't be used to diagnose or exclude Cushing's. The only useful blood measurement for cortisol would be a midnight one. You really need to do a 24 hour urinary cortisol test.

 

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On 6/9/2020 at 1:33 AM, Guest Ellie said:

Anyone else with only a few symptoms?

Yes, that is common.

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I've managed to move up some appointments. As stated my Serum Cortisol test about 4:30pm didn't show anything abnormal. My ultrasound confirmed its not a Lipoma but didn't confirm it was anything at all to my knowledge. What test should I request at my 8am appointment this Fri? PM Saliva, 24 Urine, dexamethasone? I guess I'm already expecting this PA to be skeptical based on others experiences.

Thanks!

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