Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Calgary, AB
Re: Excesive weight gain related to high levels of Prolactin???
Today's doctors "aren't" being trained for the most common and deadly diseases, such as pituitary tumours (one in five people), or Lyme disease, which could be as common as in one in two people, if you count those with Alzheimers, MS, Parkinson's Disease, ALS, Chron's, fibromalgia, lupus, and most degenerative musculoskeletal diseases and neurological disorders. It appears that very high numbers of these people actually had Lyme disease rather than one of the diseases above. That's likely why some MS patients who go for the MS treatment come back unhealed. It's because they never had MS in the first place; they were simply misdiagnosed. It was actually the Lyme parasites that were eating away their musculoskeletal system and organs.
Lyme disease is probably one of the fastest growing diseases in this day and age -- a disease even worse than syphilis because it works in the very same way, and has three stages, but is hard to detect because it will act like many other diseases until it's almost too late to treat.
That's why, when you get a pituitary tumour, Lyme disease, or any of the above, you are basically on your own. Almost all doctors train basically in diabetes, gynecology, and cosmetology, so they are totally unprepared for coming plagues. Governments don't do anything to ensure that doctors are trained in a "wide variety" of fields so most doctors want to learn what every other doctor knows. Few want to get into the fields nobody knows about because there are few teachers educated in those subjects and because, so far, no corporation makes enough money treating those diseases to want to "fund" university training classes for those diseases. That also means that few companies will sponsor nice holidays for the doctors who take up those subjects.
If you have high prolactin, you are also in more danger than most women in the event that you get cancer, because it causes cancers to head toward the lymph nodes; therefore it's really important to keep that prolactin down and to ensure that it's monitored at least a few times a year. You may have to take pills for the rest of your life if no one removed that tumour when it was small (which was the only safe time to do so). If you have a doctor who says this isn't true because if that were the case, all pregnant women would develop cancer, run and find another doctor.
What makes pituitary patients often even fatter is that when they are first diagnosed, they often present with symptoms such as confusion, anxiety and even tongue swelling. Most doctors (including specialists) have no idea that tongue swelling can be associated with pituitary tumours or thyroid problems.
They will therefore tend to not only disbelieve the patient, but also think the patient is suffering from some kind of "need for attention." Those with pituitary tumours should also have MRI's at least once every three years to measure the growth. (I say MRI's here versus cat scans because cat scans emit dangerous amounts of radiation).
Most pituitary and Lyme patients will be treated very badly, not because they are so ill, but because doctors know so little about these diseases that when they don't have answers, their patients will always be deemed hypochondriacs automatically. That is always the result when doctors don't have answers. (Those with diseases such as fibromalgia are often also treated the same).
This behaviour, in turn, will actually cause those patients to take research matters into their own hands and in very short time, learn very much more than the great majority of doctors; and that in turn will make doctors despise them even more. However, your health is at stake so, despised or not, you must do your own homework because most doctors will not be able to protect you when they are lacking in knowledge.
If your tumour turns into acromegaly, most doctors will also be unaware that this disease is worse than cancer because it can actually "cause" cancers as well as diabetes, hypertension, left ventricular hypertrophy, organ enlargement, and so on.
Those with acromegaly in particular (including those with tumours that have all the signs of acromegaly but show now growth hormone or high IGF-1 levels) may be especially susceptible to colon cancers, melanoma, and breast cancers, so it will be up to you to ensure that if you feel there is anything suspicious in those areas in particular, to insist on getting those things looked at, preferably by specialists if you can.
Because doctors are so unaware of these diseases, they may originally "also" prescribe anti-psychotics if you suffer from anxiety and/or confusion. These are the worst drugs you can take because they will not only make you gain weight rapidly, but will also "cause" your tumour to grow very much faster, which will make you gain weight doubly fast, not to mention cause a great deal of harm to your body down the road.
While you may eventually get off of the drugs and might have been able to lose a little weight from that, you will not be able to do so very easily when your tumour has been enlarged permanently from those drugs.
In other words, your chances of losing weight could be almost impossible from then on. (Note here though, that in rare cases, some people with large tumours actually lose weight. This has to do with the way it affects the thyroid. Unfortunately though, most will become gainers versus losers).
Many antipsychotic drugs will also raise your triglycerides to such high levels that this can cause serious heart problems and diabetes later on. Those with large pituitary tumours often have problems controlling sugar levels to start with. High triglycerides and high GGT levels are far more dangerous than high cholesterol.
Anti-depressants are just as bad because they contain very high fluoride levels which will help damage the thyroid as well, particularly if you live in an area that fluoridates its water or if you drink a lot of juices with high fluoride in them, such as grape juice. It's best to avoid juices altogether anyway, because most juices have about 9 teaspoons of sugar in them per serving, and those with pituitary tumours should avoid sugar as much as possible because their bodies can't handle it. So if you drink even your tea and coffee with sugar, it's best to stop that now and start viewing sugar and even a lot of bread, as your greatest enemy.
Even specialists will deny the things I have told you, however, so you will need to become an ace on the topic yourself. You are, after all, the only one who will be able to protect yourself. There are hundreds of articles on these topics that are written by the "few" people "in the know, the few experts who really care, so everything I'm saying is actually quite easy to research.
Note also that large tumours will also cause many people to suffer greatly from heat intolerance and also exercise intolerance. Many people will laugh when you tell them this, so don't tell anyone (because they will just accuse you of being lazy) but the matter is extremely serious. The exercise intolerance will result from muscle weakness caused by the inability of the tumour to regulate your hormones properly.
So again, it's important for those with either pituitary tumours or Lyme disease do do as much research as they can. In as little as one week of research, most will know far more than their doctors will ever learn. Doctors are human, and if they didn't learn about these things in medical schools because they were not taught about them there, they won't be rushing home at night to study them when they are tired and would rather watch a hockey or ball game. You are own your own, period.