I am doing the 24hr pee test for Cushings. Some of the symptoms fit me and some dont. This whole cycle started when I was 22 and dramatic weight gain and acne. I was able to lose the weight after my son was born and then the next 10 years was a cycle of dramatic weight gain and loss. I also started to noticed really dry hair and brittle nails. I also had to start shaving my face(lots of facial hair). I was diagnosed with PCOS and had a hysterectomy to correct it. Weight gain persisted and I am now 220 pounds. I have never been this heavy in my life. I gain weight in my face and in my middle only. I also still suffer from acne. Now a new "charming" thing has happened. I get swelling in my hands and feet. I got diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and have been on metformin for 6 years.
I feel frustrated and I try to eat good and holistic foods.(I can gain weight by eating whole wheat bread). I read up on Cushing's and I really fit the profile for body type and I will start the pee test tonight. It's amazing to me that if it's Cushings, how did it not get treated earlier? I am tired of being tired..I have to take sleeping pills to get any sleep at night and I feel exhausted all the time. I dont like to get pictures taken of myself because of the double chin and big belly. I would like to hear about other experiences and no that I am not alone. My husband tries to be understanding but he thinks the doctors are making me "crazy". I just want good health and normal energy.
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" This was the one website i kept returning to thru out my journey with cushings. Thank you Mary O for providing a support center and a plethera of information on this rare disorder! It was so helpful to be able to talk to people and to know that I was not alone! This site and all the people involved in it helped me stay strong and also realize that i was lucky..that many people had endured much more..it gave me hope to know that i could get thru it! It also allowed me to be more knoweledgeable about my disease. Thanks again! "