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Old 12-20-2004, 03:48 PM   #1
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Hi guys, I need your help! I have graves disease, getting surgery in Jan.

I am very frustrated today. I went to the docs b/c I've been having a tingling/numb feeling my upper back...and big toe. Doc said it was probably a pinched nerve, go to the chiropractor.

She also said I have a buffalo hump. Which she told me when I go back to see my endo in Feb, to have him check it. I just don't understand what it could be. I looked around online, I don't take steroids, I dont have HIV which leaves me with Cushings. Which is an adrenal problem. COuld this be associated with my thyroid?? I've had the hump for a few years and I know for a FACT that I didn't come down with thyroid disease until after 2/04. (my TSH was tested before then and it was normal)

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Old 12-20-2004, 05:45 PM   #2
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Re: Cushing's

I think I posted before about adrenal fatigue. I have never been tested for my cortisol levels. Like I said my doc brought up the buffalo hump. I then searched the net and saw cushing's.

My tsh was .03
my t3 total was 290 (with the high being 220?)
free t4 (high is 1.2) mine was 2.0

it's been a while since I had to think of them - they are close to those ranges.
Here are my symptoms...
racing heart
muscle weakness
irregular period
acne (although I wouldn't say terrible, but heck of a lot more than I've ever had- my skin is usually clear, but now I always have pimples and zits)
goiter (2x's it size when last checked)
positive uptake test
frequent bowel movments
hair falling out
I haven't had any weight loss or gain
eating a lot more than before
elevated blood sugar -fasting is usually around 120 (had gestational diabetes- had to take insulin shots)
chest pain
blurry vision (but no bulging of eye and the blurriness comes and goes)
I am 27 yrs old, I didn't think it would be osteoperosis

I think that's it...

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Old 12-20-2004, 06:18 PM   #3
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Re: Cushing's

OK, I won't see him til February. I am getting my thyroid removed in Jan.

I was mostly nervous that my hyperthyroid could be just a symptom of something else - like cushing's etc.


Old 12-20-2004, 08:53 PM   #4
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Re: Cushing's

Besides the thin skin and bruising easily I have the rounded face, thin arms and legs, all my weight is in my upper body, I have facial chest and abdomen hair, I'm african american and I don't have purple stretch marks i really couldn't tell you what color they were, and my menstrual cycle has stopped...I'm lucky to come on once a year. I'm very fatigued and originally thought I had sleep apnea, and I suffer from depression.

Old 12-20-2004, 09:21 PM   #5
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Re: Cushing's

I would also look into PCOS if I were you...

Thanks for the info. I just got nervous b/c of thyroid problems and how the pituitary, hypothalamus and thyroid all work together.

I do have chin hair and mustache...muscle weakness- can barely lift my 20lb son..but again- that all can be due to thyroid disease.


Old 12-21-2004, 06:33 AM   #6
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Re: Cushing's

I had them tested in July - they were normal.

Old 12-21-2004, 07:31 AM   #7
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Re: Cushing's

I just wanted to leave a quick message to tell you not to stress too much about the buffalo hump. My daughter also has one and when I discovered it I also thought Cushings. We had her cortisol tests done and they came back just the opposite of Cushings (really low). I later found out that my neighbor also has a hump. She said she has had it for many years (while she was skinny and heavy) and she has never had any health problems (hormonal). My daughter's doc said that sometimes a collection of fat gathers there that forms a hump.?? Anyway, Cushings is very rare so don't stress too much about it- those humps sometimes just appear! Good luck with your surgery.

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