And away we go.....
Hello to any of you out there reading this. I never thought I would blog, but then again, never say never right?
Here is a quick background about me.
I am 41 years old, married and have 3 children who are the light of my life!
Aproximatelly 10 years ago after the birth of my 2nd daughter I went to my doctor because I kept getting sick all the time with respiratory infections and I was exhausted. I asked him at the time if I could possibly have an immune disorder because I was noticing that every time I tried to exercise I would end up weak, rundown and catch a cold or something. I would get so run down and ill that I felt like death for a week! Needless to say, they did some tests, and told me I was fine. It was up and down like that for a few years, then I had my 3rd child and the weight never went away and just got worse, (I was about 150 at the time but I was always under 120 before) Then I was 170, then 175?then the migraines started, OMG did they ever!! They got so bad that I begged my doctor to please put me on an everyday drug to prevent them! I started taking Topamax which helped AND I lost 30 lbs! Unfortunately it didn?t last long?after about a year my body got used to the drug and the weight came back with a vengeance! I gained 30 lbs in about 2 months (did I mention that my eating habits never changed?) and then another 10 and another. I am now at about 194lbs, which at 5ft 2in is awful! I used to be cute and energetic and had a nice figure, now I am fat, and exhausted all the time! I tried severely reducing my calories, weight watchers, no luck. I lost 3lbs in 2 months eating 1200 calories and on weight watchers I lost 5 but then it came right back the following week. It was embarrassing!
Now I have a hump on my back on top of everything else! I bruise very easily. My joints and muscles ache so bad sometimes that I cry, no sex drive, irregular periods (sometimes don?t get them for 5 -6 months at a time, then have it every 2 weeks), recent high blood pressure, slightly elevated blood sugar, mood swings (I was actually told once that I might be bi-polar!) Some hair growth on my face (but not a lot, getting a mustache), thiner legs and arms but very rounded belly, moon face, exhausted to the point sometimes where just washing my hair is too much, other times I am restless and irritated and unable to sleep well, anxiety, frequent infections (sinus & lung and seem to catch every cold possible), gall bladder attacks.
I used to be a competitive figure skater when I was younger, I taught ice skating, I used to work for a Health Club, coached my kids soccer teams. I am not a lazy person who hates excersize, I actually like to work out. I NEVER eat fast food, I LOVE vegetables, never had a weight problem. I eat healthier than most people I know! Now I?m not saying I don?t ever eat pizza or anything ?bad?. I do, but an occasional piece of pizza, or a couple cookies is not responsible for the 75+ lbs I have gained! I love exercise, but I am so exhausted most of the time that I even gave up doing Tai Chi!
So now, after years and years of being made to feel like a hypochondriac, my doctor has suggested Cushings. (He also thought PCOS but my Gyno rulled it out)
So off I go to pee into a cup for 24 hours. Guess what? The tests came back "normal" UUGGHHH!
Flash forward to 2 months later when I FINALLY get to see the Endocronologist and she tells me, "well I doubt very much that you have Cushing's because it is rare" (this was her only reasoning). She did however order a blood cortisol test and a Prolactin Serum test (among others). I guess we will just have to wait and see.....
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