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Old 08-27-2012, 04:05 PM   #1
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Possible Cushings Disease?

Hello my name is Dale. I am 23 years old and since the age of early 21 I developed a very odd case of hypertension. Whereas my old blood pressures where in the 120/75 range suddenly I developed 160/90 blood pressure. Since then things have really gone downhill. I have developed pretty severe anxiety and basically dropped out of school about 1 1/2 years ago. That's not the worst, I have been dealing with severe heart palpitations and heart flutters in the last year, and about 3 months ago I suddenly developed shortness of breath that has stuck with me to this day. I was exercising pretty regularly up until this shortness of breath started and had actually managed to lose some weight, however since the shortness of breath started it has become nearly impossible, although I still manage to ride my bike even with the shortness of breath.

Recently I consulted a Doctor of Osteopathy who performed some saliva tests on me and they showed that my cortisol levels were pretty elevated, im not sure if this consitutes Cushings but was wondering if you guys could comment. Also I should add that even on 3! Count it 3! Blood pressure medications Toprol XL 25, Losartan Potassium 100mg, Hydrochlorothiazide 25mg I am still averaging high blood pressure readings 140-150/80 . When I went to the hospital with the shortness of breath it had climbed to 190/100 and at that time I was on only the HCTZ and the Toprol.

So my cortisol

Morning- 8.7




Reference Ranges are supposed to be

Morning- 2.0-10

Midday- 3.0-6.0

Evening- 2.0-4.0

Night- <1.5

Also my DHEA is elevated slightly at 671.1, supposed to be under 644.

So I guess my main symptoms are

1. Shortness of Breath

2. High Blood Pressure

3. Heart Palpitations, flutters.

4. Chest Pain

Im not sure if it matters but I have noticed some purple Striae in my groin region, however they dissapeared almost entirely when I managed to lose weight, now they are coming back as I am gaining again.

Please get back to me, Dale

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Old 09-30-2012, 10:03 AM   #2
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Re: Possible Cushings Disease?

Elevated night cortisol says Cushings. My night time cortisol is high,too,but not as high as yours. I'm still waiting for answers but I think mine is from severe adrenal issues.

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