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Old 08-28-2008, 12:42 PM   #1
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Hashi's with a side order of Cushings????

ok, i am really confused. i gave it one last shot today with a new endo in the city who had a lot of thyroid experience.

i told her how i haven't felt 100% since my Hashi's diagnosis 3 years ago, told her my symptoms (tired, depressed, my stiff/tingly morning feet, can't lose weight, dry eye, forgetful etc.)

she's doing a panel, which i asked for and i should give her credit for that. i inquired about B12, vit D deficiency, lipids, ferritin, etc., and could we do all those, which she agreed.

then she did an arm/leg strength test. i did ok the first time, then i laid down and she poked around my abdomen and rib cage, then i sat up. she did the arm/leg test again, and this time i couldn't keep my legs raised up. my arms were worse than the first time but not as bad as my legs, which are still sore from her pushing on them 5 hours ago. she says "why are your legs weaker than your arms???" well how the heck should i know?? that worried me.

so she says she'd like to do a dexamethasone suppression test to see if i test positive for cushings. btw, my cortisol AM test last year showed 13.8 (range 4.3-22.4). wouldn't that have been abnormal if i had cushings?

ok so i get home and start reading about it online. i dont understand why she would guess that i might have that. anyone here had a doc suggest this? i dont want to do the test. i'm afraid to take the dexamethasone tablet. i'm tired of having doctors suggest i have this or that, which of course are always nasty conditions, like when they suggested i might have MS or lupus or MVP. i don't have any cushings symptoms! i dont understand this! bah!

i'm so annoyed. anyone have any suggestions or experience with this?

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Old 08-28-2008, 01:55 PM   #2
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Re: Hashi's with a side order of Cushings????

Thumbs up for your doctor in being aggressive in trying to figure anything out. I'm surprised she doesn't start with 24-hour urine tests. USUALLY, the 24-hour urines are done, and when they show high cortisol, THEN they do a dex-suppression to determine if it's Cushing's caused from an adrenal adenoma or a pituitary adenoma. But, still, thumbs up for the investigating doctor!

Old 08-28-2008, 02:13 PM   #3
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Re: Hashi's with a side order of Cushings????

drats. i was hoping someone would say 'gee what a waste of time'.

i don't feel like having another ailment.

sue - did you have this test done? i'm afraid to take the dex tablet.

Old 08-28-2008, 04:21 PM   #4
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Re: Hashi's with a side order of Cushings????

To be honest, I was afraid to take the tablet too, so I didn't do the test. But if I had more evidence that I would have Cushing's, I guess I would just make myself do it.

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