- CASE FILE
I have gained 90lbs in 5 years, can’t lose weight, have digestive issues, tachycardia, and feel like I have been tested for everything.
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
I started as a normal looking, healthy teenager and into my early 20s. Around 23, I started gaining weight for no reason, even though I had a very active job. I didn’t think much of it, just that I was getting older, until I gained over 40lbs. Even with strict diets and exercise, I continued to gain. Along with it, came other symptoms such as tachycardia and excessive sweating. I had my arms lasered for hair removal because I started to grow a lot of hair on them. I started mentioning to my doctor that I couldn’t lose weight. Then I was hit with massive depression and anger issues. I get emotional at the drop of a hat. I was put on anti-depressants, but I didn’t feel they helped. I did a blood test which showed a high white blood cell count. I then contracted whooping cough and was very sick for 6 months. After that, I gained more weight, another 40lbs in a 8 months, and lost the ability to feel hunger. Ever since then nothing sounded good to eat, ever. It’s been 3 years. I also developed bad heartburn, even though I had never had it a day in my life before. I developed rashes on my body, night sweats, shortness of breath, extreme fatigue, and stretch marks. I finally started researching my symptoms and came across Cushings disease. It seemed to fit my symptoms exactly. I begged for cortisol testing from my doctor and eventually got referred to an endocrinologist. I have done testing for over a year, including urine, saliva, blood, pituitary MRIs, abdominal CTs, and even seen the best Cushings specialist in the country. I have had a few high cortisol tests, but most are normal. I don’t have a pituitary tumor, but do have an empty Stella. My IGF-1 is normal, and my testosterone is low even for a female. I want to have a baby with my husband, but I’m worried I won’t be able to or healthy enough to do it. I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired. I feel out of answers and don’t know what to do at this point. I need a real life Dr. House to help me, because I can’t keep living like this. I feel like I’m going to be sick for the rest of my life.