I am a 52 year-old woman who has had a visualized (and ignored) adrenal tumor for at least 10 years. I started seeing an endocrinologist in fall of 2009 for a tumor on my pituitary. All tests indicated that this was a prolactinoma so, again, the adrenal tumor was ignored.
In January 2010 I was diagnosed with two kidney stones. This instigated the testing (positive) for Cushing's Syndrome. And, if that wasn't enough, I also have two nodes on my thyroid!
I had a thoroughly botched adrenalectomy in May of 2010. What should have been a laproscopic surgery with an overnight stay ended up being an emergency open surgery due to servere hemorhaging when the surgeon fractured my spleen in half, cut a few renal arteries, damaged my stomach and who-knows-what-else and eight days in the ICU. The first 48 hours in the ICU they neglected to turn on the drip pain medication! I ended up with pneumonia, an enlarged heart and the only thing the surgeon told me was that he "nicked" my renal artery!
It has been almost a year since the surgery and I'm still suffering from the consequences but.... I no longer have Cushing's Syndrome. Unfortunately it has been discovered that I have two small tumors on my remaining adrenal gland.
So, you ask, would I like some crackers with my whine? LOL
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