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Link Between ADD/ADHD & The Pituitary Gland & Endocrine System

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Old 08-17-2007, 11:42 AM   #1
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I was diagnosed with ADHD about 15 yrs ago (I'm an adult male, living in NYC)

I had other problems, and was referred to an endocrinologist who found out that my pituitary gland isn't funtioning properly & Imay have issues with my endocrine system as well.

Has anyone else been diagnosed with and disorders affecting their endocrine system??

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Old 08-19-2007, 07:44 AM   #2
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Re: Link Between ADD/ADHD & The Pituitary Gland & Endocrine System

I am awaiting some lab results ordered my my endocrinologist as we speak.

Old 08-19-2007, 11:54 AM   #3
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Re: Link Between ADD/ADHD & The Pituitary Gland & Endocrine System

Amphetamine medication has adverse effects on the pituitary, maybe that's the link not ADD?

Old 08-20-2007, 04:13 AM   #4
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Re: Link Between ADD/ADHD & The Pituitary Gland & Endocrine System

Hypothyroidism has to be ruled out if you have primarily inattention. I by chance do have hypothyroidism and take
levothyroxine for it but it did little to reduce inattention.

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Re: Link Between ADD/ADHD & The Pituitary Gland & Endocrine System

Almost hand in hand with hypothyroidism is sleep apnea. It seems these are all linked together. I have Hashimoto's and sleep apnea they tried to label me ADHD as a child and later ADD.. well it was other issues. I could concentrate when the thyroid and sleep apnea were under control. My son has sleep apnea (severe) at the age of 4 they were making the assumptions he was ADHD as well and trying to make us give him medications. We got him evaluated and tested and were told.. something is going on, but he doesn't have ADHD. It was all sleep apnea. We got him diagnosed and treated his sleep apnea with a CPAP and all is well as long as he stays well. We are having to do the chronic sinusitis/allergy war. I am hoping he didn't inherit my AI from me like I did from my mom and her grandmother.

How old do you need to be to be checked for something like Hashimoto's and the like? Is the age onset different for men than for women? I would like to know so I can watch my son and treat something as soon as it becomes evident not after it becomes an extreme issue.

But many endocrine issue cause sleep issues. Sleep issues result in sleep deprivation of one form or another. Also the endocrine system is essential in managing the hormones responsible for growth and muscle and body repair etc. When you are out of balance and not well rested, the resultant chronic fatigue stinks and is often tried to be treated as something else. It has taken seven years to finally talk my MDs into doing the blood tests for AI's because my thyroid results have been off, but not to far off. I so want to say I told you so.. but I would hate to make them annoyed with me.

Good post going on here.
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