I am a 37 year old female and I have been having strange symptoms for several years now. I have been to so many doctors and it is so frustrating getting a diagnosis. I feel for everyone out there that has had to go through this and I will appreciate any advice I can get.
My symptoms are central obesity, stretch marks, supraclavicular fat pads, salivary gland pain, round face with sunburned-looking cheeks, lumpy fat, extreme salt sensitivity/fluid retention, lack of energy, low back pain, kidney stones....the list goes on. I was recently in the ER for a virus and was told by the ER physician that my chronic symptoms seemed like an adrenal disorder. He referred me to an endocrinologist who ordered a dexamethasone test. The results were 1.2 (normal 4.3-22.4).
When I met with the doctor to review the test results, she told me I was just fat and to sign up for Weight Watchers (which I have already tried and it made no difference. I eat right and exercise and it doesn't seem to matter). I am so frustrated and ready to get my life and body back. I just can't believe the doctors that have laughed at me, looked at me like I was from outer space and/or told me I was just fat. For a long time, only people who knew me could tell something was wrong but now even people who don't know me can tell that I don't look normal or healthy. So why can't doctors see it?? What do I do to get a diagnosis and treatment?? If adrenal and pituitary disorders are real, valid disorders - why is it so hard for a doctor to diagnose them?? I am so frustrated and at my wit's end. I will appreciate any and all help I can get.