I turned 40 in October 2010. Everyone said "things are going to change" but I didn't beleive them. My nephew was going to graduate from high school in June so I began a diet and exercise regime in February 2011. Was doing pretty well, lost 40lbs-everything seemed to be going great.
Got a cold in March and that's when I noticed slight changes-sleep was off, I didn't sneeze, my menstrual cylce was missed (never missed one before). I could attribute all of these things to the diet, the cold, the fact I turned 40. It wasn't until I had a severe anxiety attack that I knew something was wrong. This happend on May 21, 2011.
I went to me my PCP on May 26 and was diagnosed with hypertension-something I didn't have the week before. I persisted with my PCP and did my own little web-nosis and thought I had Cushing's. He was still not convinced, called me a medical mystery but kept running various tests. After one appointment that I had brought my mother to, my PCP noticed the hump on the back of my neck was more pronounced than my mom's. It was then he set me up with an endocrinologist. That was mid-June.
She too was not convinced it was Cushing's for the mere fact that I was losing weight not gaining. But with MRI's, 24 urine collections, the dexa test, etc, by the end of July it was determined I did in fact have Cushing's. I met with a fantastic neurosurgeon and by August 30th was scheduled to have the tumor that was causing all these problems removed.
It has been 13 weeks since the surgery and I am slowly getting back to normal. It was an experience I wish no one has to go through. I knew something was wrong and am glad I pushed for the tests and bugged both my PCP and endocrinologist on almost a weekly basis. I have read that some have gone years before diagnosis. I went only 3 months and it was something I hope to never go through again!