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I had a fusion of the c6/c7 in my lower neck.
My cortisol test was 1.4 and my ACTH was less than 5.
I take Cymbalta, Nexium, hydrocortisone, Bystolic (beta blocker for high blood pressure), and alprazolam and a muscle relaxer to help me sleep at night.
The doctors have checked me for lots of things, for example, thyroids, kidney, pheo (tumor in the adrenal gland that produces adrenaline), pituitary, etc. I have a small tumor on my left adrenal gland, but they say they will only watch it and take it out if it grows. My blood pressure and heart rate rises when I stand. The doctors tell me I have secondary adrenal insufficiency, but they can't explain the fast heart rate, palpitations, and high blood pressure, which is uncommon with secondary adrenal insufficiency. They have ruled out cancer.
They, my doctor at M.D. Anderson, say I'm a complicated case, so they asked an ovarian doctor to check me out. She said I was fine. Now, I am waiting to hear from my doctor from MD Anderson to see where we go next. I'm so confused. These are my symptoms: high blood pressure, extreme fatigue, fast heart rate when standing, can't sleep after 2 am, diarrhea, constipation, dizziness, headaches, get very weak when I climb stairs or try to exercise, foggy head, etc.
Wow, thank you for that response. You gave me a lot to think about. I am not sure what they tested me for at MD Anderson. All I know is that they took lots of blood. I know they are still waiting for a growth hormone test that has to do with the pituitary gland. They are supposed to send the results of the test to my husband, so maybe then, I'll know more. They didn't do an MRI on my pituitary, they just looked at the report that we gave them from doctors down here in Louisiana. He said I was a walking pharmacy and that I will be sick for a while while they wake up my pituitary to release ATCH to my adrenal glands (hydrocortisone) and get me off of all my meds., especially Cymbalta.
They think my secondary adrenal insufficiency was caused from Flonase and Advair and from 2 steroid injections before my back surgery. After surgery, I had an adrenal crisis, which no one knew I was having at the time. My oxygen saturation level was 50 on oxygen. I was tachycardia, vomiting profusely, extreme headache and body aches.

I went on cymbalta for depression last summer because I was in pain and couldn't do all the things I was used to doing. Extreme fatigue. I would see my doctor and cry, so he gave me cymbalta which helped.

I agree with what you say. Doctors know how to cure cases that are textbook cases, but when a case doesn't follow the text, they guess.

Oh, I feel lucky in comparison to all of your problems. Keep me informed how things are going for you. Do you work? I can't. I was so active and now I do hardly anything.

I'll let you know what the docs say. bye