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  1. Welcome from a fellow Canadian. I hope you find the answers you are looking for here. There are many very knowledgeable people on these boards who are happy to share their wisdom.

  2. Brenda, Alberta, Canada: Pituitary surgery May, 2007, BLA May, 2007 Good luck with your list. It may help people to realize just how many of us there are!
  3. You gave me something to think about. I just came home from the hospital last evening after a four-day visit. The reason was "acute hepatitis." The cause is still unknown. All bacterial and viral tests were negative. I originally entered the hospital with severe abdominal pain. It is suspected that I may have had a gall stone, although all tests in that regard were negative as well. Perhaps I passed the only one. While I was in the hospital, they reviewed my medical history, medications and lifestyle with a fine-tooth comb. I'm not taking the medication to which you referred. After f
  4. Susan: It would seem that we have quite a bit in common. Age, spinal injury, and most important, interests. I'm also an avid scrapbooker, needle worker and in a past life, was a communications specialist. Thanks for your ideas!

  5. I don't know whether it has any effect on weight. I read somewhere that it does. However, given that I am very thin (post Cushings), it doesn't seem to have that effect on me.
  6. Ouch! I never drank diet pop at all until I was diagnosed with diabetes 7 years ago. Eventually, I got tired of water and tea...always hated coffee. I also refused to eat anything containing aspartame while pregnant or nursing, which took up about 12 years of my adult life. Now, I am an addict. I guess I'll have to reconsider! Thanks for posting this.
  7. There does seem to be a "luck of the draw" factor going on that doesn't seem fair. I was lucky. I didn't go looking for a Cushings diagnosis, the diagnosis found me! I had many "red herrings" in my medical file that made all the weird symptoms make sense...sort of. Shortly after I first saw a doctor about what would later be identified as Cushings, I had a serious accident, which led to a spinal fusion and some permanent nerve damage. Thus, the muscle wasting in my legs was attributed to the spinal injury. The diabetes was attributed to surgical trauma. Osteoporosis led to stress fractu
  8. My heart goes out to that poor woman. However, my experience as a Canadian has been quite the opposite. Perhaps I was just lucky. Through the years, all of the doctors I consulted (with one unfortunate exception) took my complaints seriously. My Cushings went undiagnosed for many years, but the individual symptoms that were later attributed to it were treated promptly (ie. diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol). Once Cushings was suspected, the MANY tests that were required to confirm the diagnosis occurred in a timely manner. From suspicion to diagnosis took a little over 6 m
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