Monday, July 21, 2014
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
MacKenna is my daughter. I am in desperate need of assistance regarding her weight.
She is 6 years old and weighs about 95 pounds. At four, she was normal to underweight.
First clue – she gained 10 pounds in three months. Of course doctor’s wanted a food log …. however, as her parent, I knew something was wrong.
So much to say, I NEED to help my baby and am hoping someone on this board can point me to a good pedi endo (I am currently on my second). I have pictures to show the progression of her changes. Her growth pattern is abnormal as she does not gain height while she gains weight and vice versa.
I believe it is cyclical cushings. And if it isn’t, I still need help as this is going to kill her – her little frame cannot hold much more.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
In 1995, I was diagnosed with a pituitary tumor. At the time the only symptom I was aware of was a severe headache. I had a transphenoidal resection by Dr. Wilson at UCSF Medical Center followed by radiation therapy for 23 days. At the time they said they could not remove all of the tumor.
In 2008/2009. I exhibited symptoms of Cushing’s and my cortisol level was outrageous, and I had to be hospitalized initially for a potassium level of 2. I returned to UCSF and Dr. Anwar Sandeep operated . By removing part of the tumor. My Cushing symptoms resolved. However, he said that the tumor was not encapsulated and was invading the cavernous sinus and stella turcica so it was still not possible to remove it all.
I was OK until December 2013 when I began exhibiting the symptoms of Cushings. One of my 24 hr. urines was 14,000. I had to be hospitalized for a potassium level of 1.9. Dr. Heaney said he has never seen a cortisol level that high. This time I decided to go to the UCLA Pituitary Tumor and Endocrinology Program where they were more oriented to follow-up and treating this disorder. Dr. Bergsneider decided that surgery was not an option. He and Dr. Heaney decided radiation was not an option. So now I am being followed by Dr. Heaney to see if medication can help.
I am now on Cabergoline 0.5 mg three tabs twice a week and Signifor 0.9 mg subcutaneosly twice a day. I think they are alleviating some of the symptoms. However, the Signifor caused my blood sugar to rise, and I had to go on Metformin which is causing nausea to a point where I have a hard time eating.
Anyway, this whole situation is depressing and overwhelming. I am tryng to stay positive, but I wonder how it will turn out. I am fortunate to have a supportive and helpful husband.
I am interested in communicating with people who may be going through a similar experience and learning more about this rare condition.
Kathy will be interviewed May 7, 2014 in BlogTalkRadio
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Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Friday, April 4, 2014
BACKGROUND:Fatigue is a frequently experienced complaint in patients with adrenal insufficiency (AI) and may be influenced by cortisol levels.
AIM:The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence of severe fatigue in adrenal insufficiency (AI) patients, to assess which dimensions contribute to fatigue severity and to determine the association between salivary cortisol levels and momentary fatigue.
SUBJECTS AND METHODS:We performed a cross-sectional study in the outpatient department of a university hospital. Included were 27 patients with congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH), 26 patients with primary AI (PAI), 24 patients with secondary AI (SAI) and 31 patients with adrenal insufficiency after treatment for Cushing's syndrome (Cush-AI). Measurements included computerised questionnaires to determine fatigue severity and physical and psychosocial contributors. Patients took four saliva samples at home, in which cortisol levels were measured.
RESULTS:Severe fatigue was experienced by 41 % of the CAH patients, 42 % of the PAI patients, 50 % of the SAI patients and 42 % of the Cush-AI patients. Psychological distress, functional impairment, sleep disturbance, physical activity, concentration problems and social functioning contributed to the subjective experience of fatigue. Salivary cortisol levels were not correlated with momentary fatigue.
CONCLUSIONS:A considerable proportion of AI patients experience severe fatigue. Salivary cortisol level is not a significant predictor for momentary fatigue in AI patients.From http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24615365
- [PubMed - in process]
Thursday, April 3, 2014
- Buffalo Hump
- Central Serous Retinopathy (CSR)
- Depression (NIMH)
- Depression (Troya)
- Dry Mouth
- Pituitary Tumors and Headaches
- hGH (Growth Hormone)
- Adult Growth Hormone Replacement
from The Society for Endocrinology
- Adult Growth Hormone Deficiency Syndrome
by David Cook, M.D.
- hGH (Growth Hormone)
- hGH (Growth Hormone) FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
- Premature Aging
- Webcast on Diagnosing and Treating Adult Growth Hormone Deficiency
with David Cook, M.D., Marie Cook, BSN, Mary Andrews and several patients
- Adult Growth Hormone Replacement
- Hirsuitism (excess hair)
- Pituitary Tumors
- You'd Rather Be Dead ...
Robin (staticnrg) writes:
“If you don’t have a blog or don’t have the time to blog, you can still share for 30 days. MoxieMelissaTx and I are trying to make it easy for you. Share others’ blog posts. Share the info-graphics we are putting up each day. Tell your own story. Do a Wordle. Do something. It can be one day, or all 30 days. The more we talk about Cushing’s, the more folks will find out about it and/or realize they have it.”I wanted to share Robin’s graphic. It’s rare for men to have Cushing’s, even rarer than women.
Some men do get Cushing’s, though. Some of their bios are here: http://www.cushie.info/index.php/cushing-s/news-items/14-bios-of-male-patients
Thanks to Robin for this wonderful logo! I’ve participated in these 30 days for Cushing’s Awareness several times so I’m not quite sure what is left to say this year but I always want to get the word out when I can.
As I see it, there’s not a whole lot of change in the diagnosis or treatment of Cushing’s since last year. (Apparently, Dr Harvey Cushing would have agreed with me: http://cushieblog.com/2014/04/03/what-would-harvey-cushing-say-about-cushings-disease-today/ )
Maybe this is the year…?
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
San Francisco, California
Hosted by Kate Tully, R.N. and Katherine Waidner, R.N.
Cushing’s Patient Advocates – Corcept Therapeutics
Agenda and details to follow
The day will focus on endogenous Cushing’s, a condition caused by high cortisol in your body.
The day will not cover exogenous Cushing’s caused by steroids taken for various health conditions including asthma, arthritis or lupus.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
- Are you carrying adrenal Cushing’s syndrome without knowing it?(cushieblog.com)
- ARMC5 mutation identified in patients with macronodular adrenal hyperplasia(2minutemedicine.com)
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Friday, May 10, 2013
Help us strengthen the rare disease community's voice on Capitol Hill! Please take 3 minutes to ask your Member of Congress to join the Rare Disease Caucus at http://bit.ly/RareAlert.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Cushie bloggers - who would like to share your post on April 8 (Cushing's Awareness Day) with our friends at Adrenal Insufficiency United, on their blog?
Also, they are interested in sharing others of our posts from April. Please let me know if I have your permission to share your blog post(s) with them. I won't without your permission.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Since April 8 is Cushing's Awareness Day, several people got their heads together to create the Second Annual Cushing's Awareness Blogging Challenge.
All you have to do is blog about something Cushing's related for the 30 days of April and add one of the logos below to your blog.
Robin designed this year's version of our "official logo" to put on your blog.
In what ways have Cushing's made you a better person?
What have you learned about the medical community since you have become sick?
If you had one chance to speak to an endocrinologist association meeting, what would you tell them about Cushing's patients?
What would you tell the friends and family of another Cushing's patient in order to garner more emotional support for your friend?
Challenges with Cushing's? How have you overcome challenges? Stuff like that.
I have Cushing's Disease....(personal synopsis)
How I found out I have Cushing's
What is Cushing's Disease/Syndrome? (Personal variation, i.e. adrenal or pituitary or ectopic, etc.)
My challenges with Cushing's
Overcoming challenges with Cushing's (could include any challenges)
If I could speak to an endocrinologist organization, I would tell them...
. What would I tell others trying to be diagnosed? What would I tell families of those who are sick with Cushing's?
Treatments I've gone through to try to be cured/treatments I may have to go through to be cured.
What will happen if I'm not cured?
I write about my health because...
10 Things I Couldn’t Live Without.
My Dream Day.
What I learned the hard way
Miracle Cure. (Write a news-style article on a miracle cure. What’s the cure? How do you get the cure? Be sure to include a disclaimer)
Health Madlib Poem. Go to http://languageisavirus.com/cgi-bin/madlibs.pl and fill in the parts of speech and the site will generate a poem for you.
Give yourself, your condition, or your health focus a mascot. Is it a real person? Fictional? Mythical being? Describe them. Bonus points if you provide a visual!
5 Challenges and 5 Small Victories.
The First Time I...
Make a word cloud or tree with a list of words that come to mind when you think about your blog, health, or interests. Use a thesaurus to make it branch more.
How much money have you spent on Cushing's, or, How did Cushing's impact your life financially?
Why do you think Cushing's may not be as rare as doctors believe?
What is your theory about what causes Cushing's?
How has Cushing's altered the trajectory of your life? What would you have done? Who would you have been?
What three things has Cushing's stolen from you? What do you miss the most? What can you do in your Cushing's life to still achieve any of those goals? What new goals did Cushing's bring to you?
How do you cope?
What do you do to improve your quality of life as you fight Cushing's?
Monday, December 17, 2012
Monday, December 17, 2012, 16:00 Hrs [IST]
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Novartis' Signifor (pasireotide) injection for the treatment of adult patients with Cushing's disease for whom pituitary surgery is not an option or has not been curative.
Signifor is the first medicine to be approved in the US that addresses the underlying mechanism of Cushing's disease, a serious, debilitating endocrine disorder caused by the presence of a non-cancerous pituitary tumour which ultimately leads to excess cortisol in the body.
This approval follows a unanimous recommendation from the FDA Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee (EMDAC) in support of the use of Signifor.
"The FDA approval of Signifor for Cushing's disease brings a novel pituitary-directed therapy to patients with limited treatment options," said Hervé Hoppenot, president, Novartis Oncology. "Today's milestone reinforces Novartis' commitment to addressing unmet needs and advancing treatments for rare pituitary-related disorders."
Cushing's disease most commonly affects adults as young as 20 to 50 years and affects women three times more often than men. It may present with weight gain, central obesity, a round, red full face, severe fatigue and weakness, striae (purple stretch marks), high blood pressure, depression and anxiety. Cushing's disease can cause severe illness and death with mortality up to four times higher than in the healthy population.
The approval is based on data from PASPORT-CUSHINGS (PASireotide clinical trial PORTfolio - CUSHING'S disease), the largest randomized Phase III study to evaluate a medical therapy in patients with Cushing's disease. Results from the PASPORT-CUSHINGS study found that a decrease in mean urinary-free cortisol (UFC), the key measure of biochemical control of the disease, was sustained during the treatment period in most patients with a subset of patients reaching normal levels. The study also showed that certain clinical manifestations of Cushing's disease tended to improve.
"Patients with Cushing's disease may suffer from debilitating manifestations, and there are many serious health complications associated with the disease," said Mary Andrews, CEO and Co-Founder of the US non-profit, The MAGIC Foundation. "The FDA approval of Signifor offers the option of a medical therapy that may help certain patients with Cushing's disease."
In April 2012, the European Commission approved Signiforfor the treatment of adult patients with Cushing's disease for whom surgery is not an option or for whom surgery has failed. Other worldwide regulatory filings for pasireotide for this use are also underway.
Signifor (pasireotide) is approved in the US for the treatment of adult patients with Cushing's disease for whom pituitary surgery is not an option or has not been curative, and in the European Union for the treatment of adult patients with Cushing's disease for whom surgery is not an option or for whom surgery has failed.
For the treatment of Cushing's disease, Signifor has been studied as a twice-daily subcutaneous (sc) injection and is currently being evaluated as a long-acting release (LAR), once-monthly intramuscular (IM) injection as part of a global Phase III program in Cushing's disease and acromegaly. Signifor is a multireceptor targeting somatostatin analog that binds with high affinity to four of the five somatostatin receptor subtypes (sst 1, 2, 3 and 5).
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Global Genes | RARE Project would like your voice to be heard!
Share your home videos!
We are currently looking for your home videos that illustrate what life is like for rare disease patients and caregivers on this complex and often emotional journey. This could be an assortment of moments that you’ve captured on your phone, a camera, or a digital recording device. We want the key moments, the most beautiful, personal moments that represent not only the diseases, but you and your child(ren) as well.
A few examples of what we are looking for in these clips:
Be creative, think outside the box. Look for clips that are shot well, with nice light. Give us variety! Old footage, new footage, maybe even something your child has shot. We want personal, private moments. That is what will send the strongest message.
What are we going to do with this?
We are working with an award-winning filmmaking team to select submissions that will be compiled together to create a visual storyline of the years of your ongoing journey. This is your chance to share the moments that you see and experience with a global audience.
This is your moment to be heard.
More information at http://globalgenes.org/rare-video-submission-form/