Thyroid Disorders Community
hypopituitary - labs normal, symptoms of hyperthyroid and hyperadrenal
About This Community:

This patient support community is for discussions relating to thyroid issues, goiter, Graves disease, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Human Growth Hormone (HGH), hyperthyroid, hypothyroid, metabolism, parathyroid, pituitary gland, thyroiditis, and thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH).

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

hypopituitary - labs normal, symptoms of hyperthyroid and hyperadrenal

I was diagnosed with secondary hypoadrenalism (ATCH deficiency, adrenals shut down with stim test), secondary hypothyroidism, and secondary hypogonadism in adulthood. Going back through my medical history, I was showing symptoms since birth (I was a breech birth), but wasn't diagnosed until I started getting *really* sick after the GH drop at 25.

My labs as of 3 weeks ago show that I've got _normal_ levels with my current prescriptions (prednisone, fludrocortisone, levothyroxine, cytomel and avaine), but I'm showing all the symptoms of /hyper/adrenalism and /hyper/thyroidism, my chief complaint being extreme lethargy (bedridden), hypertension and tachycardia.

Backache
Central obesity with protruding abdomen and thin extremities
Headache
Moon face (round, red, and full)
Purple marks called striations on the skin of the abdomen, thighs, and breasts
Thin skin with easy bruising
Weakness
Weight gain (unintentional)
Bone pain or tenderness
Fatigue
High blood pressure
Muscle atrophy
Skin blushing or flushing
Increased appetite
Nervousness
Restlessness
Heat intolerance (I keep my house around 50*F)
Increased sweating
Frequent bowel movements
Sleeping difficulty
Clammy skin
Bounding pulse
Nausea and vomiting (prescribed phenergan)
Itching - overall
Heartbeat sensations
Hand tremor
Diarrhea
Tachycardia

I can't go off my meds, but I'm miserable on them. My theory is that since I developed without certain hormones, my body isn't used to them... that I might actually be better off on GH, say, at the levels of a 20-yr-old, than on cortisol and T4/3 replacement hormones.

But finding any information on someone with hypopituitary from birth, but only diagnosed and treated as an adult is nigh-impossible.

Please advise!
Related Discussions
-5 Comments Post a Comment
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
I have 22 of the symptoms, you have described above. Especially, the heat, I wore t-shirts, to wal-mart in the winter with snow blowing, no jacket, and the sleepness is very bad, I don't sleep until after 3am, I feel like I have had all the sleep I need. What type of blood test do they do? The pituitary gland, Is a MRI or Ctscan to diagnose for the hypopituitary, right.
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
Those are all symptoms are for hyperthyroid and hyperadrenalism (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000356.htm and http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/medical/hyperadrenalism.htm respectively). MRI of the head will rule out pituitary turmors that can cause overproduction of hormones. CTs of the adrenal, and ultrasound of the thyroid will rule out tumors on those organs. Simple blood tests can show over/underproduction of hormones. Stimulation tests can show whether or not the organs themselves are functioning.

The links above should have information on the verious tests on the adrenals and thyroid. An ATCH blood test and a TSH blood test will show if it's primary (something malfunctioning in the glands themselves) or secondary (something wrong with the pituitary).
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
Thanks for the info I will check those sites out.
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
Tests are all normal on the endocrin side.... original _hypo_ dx still stand.
Post a Comment
To
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
Thyroid Disorders Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
469720_tn?1388149949
Blank
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm-treatable... Blank
Oct 04 by Lee Kirksey, MDBlank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
The 3 Essentials to Ending Emotiona...
Sep 18 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Control Emotional Eating with this ...
Sep 04 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
Top Thyroid Answerers
649848_tn?1357751184
Blank
Barb135
FL
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
gimel
MI
168348_tn?1379360675
Blank
ChitChatNine
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
goolarra
Sisters, OR
657231_tn?1390151580
Blank
rumpled
Northern, NJ
798555_tn?1292791151
Blank
LazyMoose
MN