will taking aleve mess up my cortisol test?im taking it for my aw it wont close :(
I don't know about the aleve. Safer to wait and do the test when you are off it.
Let us know about the tests when all is done.
i took the aleve last night at around 12am,supposedly it lasts 24 hours so i guess ill do it tomorrow. so do you think al these doctors are rightt hat the symptoms i listed dont point to pituitary? my thyroid numbers could be better. ive had a tsh of 3.22, and a tsh of 2.72 in the past(the 3.22 was done this april) also my free t4 was 1.0, and my t3 total was 110 (76-180)
although she didnt seem to have a problem with any of those numbers.
Maybe she is going to treat the thyroid, maybe she will refer you out to another doctor. The symptoms overlap with thyroid too as well as many other things.
i went to her and had all my old labs, and she looked through everything,and at the end of the session she said ''i dont think its a hormonal problem''..so in my eyes, it seems shes following the old tsh guide...but i think thyroid could definitely be causing me problems!!!!!!!!
if my pit comes back normal and she refuses to prescribe me thyroid i might just ask my primary
Or see another endo if your primary does not help.
idk i got to be assertive. i think thyroid can really make me feel better.
so anyway, i started my cortisol test today,and had some questions.
im not fasting correct? i woke up at 9:30 today but as usual i felt tired. so i just went to pee in the toilet and flushed it..then i woke up at 11:15 and put that pee in the container. i will continue peeing until 11:15 tomorrow morning.
barb was telling me that the containers have preservative in them,but mine says plain and doesn't have anything in it.
ive been refrigerating it,but idk if the lab will. they kind of gave me attitude when i asked.
theyre like''youre supposed to be refrigerating them''....well duh lol...but so are YOU...
since pituitary and thyroid overlap,i am pretty sure i have one or the other. with a tsh of 3.22 and 2.72 my thyroid isnt producing what it needs( i guess t3 or t4?) and my pit is compensating making me feel like crap. although no doc ive been to including my primary who is very nice and even ordered my pit mri when the neurologist was useless seemed to have a problem with my numbers...but i didnt really request thyroid from her so i cant say for sure.
if the endo at columbia is useless,my dad nd i will request some thyroid trials from my primary.
Your 24 hour test started from the first void - 9:30, so you have to finish at 9:30, not 11:15.
Always keep the pee cold and yes, they do not - which degrades it... I use ice packs when I go there.
great, they told me the opposite lol. i actually woke up at 12:15 and just made my last pee..figured it wouldnt matter too much.
i really hope columbia isnt the best this world has to offer...i am starting to reallllllyyyyyy fee discouraged...i figured if columbia cant help me...noone can this cant be true can it????
after demanding i get a call back because i never received one despite leaving several messages,i finally got w a call back....they were open from 8-5,and th4ey wouldnt tell me when shed call...she calls at 4:59 -_-.
anyways she said she had the radiologist look at my mri,and indeed my tumor was hiding..or the saint barnabas radiologist missed it...her words exactly..were that her radiologist found an abnormal area that wasnt picking up the contrast properly..it was roughly a few centimeters...and possibly an adenoma BUT IT WAS OF NO CONCERN TO HER...and she wouldnt write me an addendum cause i didnt pay for one.
she believes my problems are not endocrine related....she said i could have been born with the abnormality in my brain that was a few cms. although barb says she was born with her rat clieft or w/e she has..and said i may have that..hers is small
she said my cortisol was on the high side..but she said its cause im stressed about my bad health....she also said that my hemoglobin was high again..but to her it wasnt a concern it wasnt high to her..just me..it was 46.6 or something on a range up to 46.4?
i dont have the exact results yet..im picking them up on monday...but im in tears here...
i thought maybe thyroid was my problem....ive had tsh of 2.75 a year ago, and a tsh of 3.22 back in april....i thought it would be high this time...but it was perfect...it was 1.13..
if a columbia doctor couldnt help me,what hope is there for me? i fell like im just wasting my dad's money going to doctor's and proving my psychologist right, that I have a generalized anxiety disorder....i know im sick...i know there's something physiological. im 6'2 178 pounds...i have been lifting weights and excerscing for 6 years...yet i cant even jog a quarter of a mile without nearly fainting!! i get injured quickly, i dont heal...and this is in addition tall of the other problems i have been telling u guys for the last 2 years...at 21 years old this is horrid.
rumpled should i just give up on getting treatment? columbia neuro endo,who's on pit network,was not a great deal of help for me....ill admit she was fairly nice to me...but if she couldnt he; me who could? i doubt even friedman could!
also i got my cortisol tested at quest,and my other tests at columbia..she said she was faxing my blood to my primary and mailing me a copy,does that mean shes faxing just the blood...or the cortisol urine too?
im just o upset
if this site didnt exist id prob lock myself in my room,and cry all day....this site has helped me keep my sanity..there are other people like me...with small adenomas...with MY SYMPTOMS..people LIKE YOU...who were denied treatment....yet were sick...this site help me see,i might have a real issue,and not psychological.....i cant give up yet
also i had low vitamin d...back in february...and the doc told me to take 2000 units...well i wasnt feeling better and for the past 6 months ive been taking 10,000 units to feel mildly better AA DAY...and my recent blood work was only normal....l would think if i had a normal body taking 10k a day would put me in the high range...or hell even above..or kill me perhaps...but i prob have a problem absorbing vitd, if i could take that much and still be normal..although who knows maybe im low normal gotta see the result
I am not surprised the radiologist missed it - they have a nice MRI but they don't do pit surgeries there.
Just because it is listed on that website does not mean they are great. My first doc was from there and he was horrible. I also went to Columbia and had no luck as anyone I know that went there.
It took me over 10 doctors - so your option is to keep trying, or stop. Your option.
i guess my next step is to let you know my labs when i have them...hopefully ill receive them tomorrow also...is encouraging that you and your friends did not find columbia helpful,yet still had real problems that werent ''in your head''...just in the pit=p
ill post my results as soon as i get them,hopefully then we can see what's going on with me..she did do a nice workup I think..although nothing concerned her -_-
Hi,Please .present your case to Prof.Dr.Garth Nicolson at Autoimmune Disorders Community(doctors expert)forum.Just repead your question from Oct 14,2010.He will be answering question for two more days.
which question should i ask? sorry for the confusion..ive asked a lot here.
wow you were so right about the radiologist hes clueless...luckily ive had a film technichian whos been taking care of me. sty barnabas has been an awful experience.
as u know the columbia radiologists said that my tumor was in fact still there
anyway..as i told u when i first went to st barnabas i didnt bring my old films...but i brought them later and i got the addendum back today....and the st barnabas radiologist said i have no evidence of a tumor...so i spoke to the technician and i am filing a complaint with him...i trust the columbia radiologist...they found the exact thing as on my previous reports. do you think its right im filing the complaints? i just want a proper report...because now even my primary doesnt believe i have a tumor anymore! lso if i want to get into the rare diseases cinic at nih i need to have diagnosis
I would not file a complaint. I would however give them a copy of the report from Columbia. He has not harmed you as they usually put language in about what they can see etc. You can do what you want, but I don't think you will get satisfaction and you will never get to go back there.
i dont have a report frrom columbia. st barnavas said its illegal for anyone else to write a report besides him,so now im stuck with a report saying i have 0 tumors...when i do still have the small one. columbia cant write the addendum. if i dont file a com[plaint i wont ge tthe proper addendum. besides i was thinking my next mri would be at nyu..i think they are allowing people to use a 7t for research...or perhaps ust go to columbia
I had a similar situation - you can give the info to St B. and he can decide to add info or not. You may have to get a doctor to push as yes, the Columbia doc cannot write anything directly but the info he has is relevant to your case. I think most people will believe a surgeon over a radiologist anyway.
well the technician took good care of me...he got me a calll back yesterday...supposedly the radiologit who read my report and ddi the addendum and all was a high up radiologist....he was not the brain radiologist though. I have faith in st barnabas,since you seem to like them. They are having the brain radiologist look at my films today I think. hopefully he sees what's going on.
I should have all my blood results by monday btw...my primary care doctor got them yesterday, but they want me to pay 2 dollars. I know the endo sent me a copy, but if I dont receive them by monday I'll just pay the 2 bucks.
at s.b i already had him write an addendum, which is what made me angry. The addendum says no evidence of a previously viewed pituiiitary adenoma can be found from the current pics...the technician and his supervisors got pretty angry themselves at how dissatisfied I was, and they took good care of me. Hopefully the brain radiologist is competent.
I think itd be so cooll to get my next mri on a 7t as part of a research study...when im ready ill have to call nyu
btw the columbia doc is a neuro endo not a radiologist...i am pretty sure she had her radiologist look at it.
Will your insurance pay for you to have a second opinion via another radiologists report that is official and written from the surgeon that saw something else? Maybe it is just a matter of asking for something official and having your insurance pay for it. You might have to make an appt with that surgeon for a consult but that might not be such a bad idea if you get a second set of eyes looking at your MRI.
it wasnt a surgeon who looked at it though..just the radiologist at coolumbia...besides the columbia team said they arent concerned with it..so they are a waste of time
so i have two options. icalled my insurance. columbia charges 300 dollars for a second opinion reading on the mri. my insurance said that if my primary doctor submits a note or any records stating its medically necessary for a second mri opinion reading on the st barnabas films, they will MAYBE pay for it...
so my primary wrote me a note.
but i have two questions...
1- insurance said could go routes....get a new mri at columbia and pay the 50 dollar copay and just get a report from columbia for the new mri
2- either route i go with(the second opinion from columbia....or the new columbia mri)....i wanna make sure iget the same radiologist to read my mri that read them when the neuro endo showed them to him/her.
if that one cant...then i want SOMEONE from the neuroendocrine unit to read it...otherwise im back to square 1...butt his time i have 2 mris proving no tumor...which makes things look worse when i apply to nih for diagnosis as a pit tumor patient
If you go to another pituitary center - they will look at the films and see the same thing that Columbia did - so despite what is on the report, there is something on the films and you have previous films as well. Since your lesion is small as well, and MRI slices are 3mm - it can also just be due to the positioning of the MRI - it can fall between or largely between the slices and look different. The labs should be the most important thing. I would shop the labs around and once you get to another place, they will do another eval of the MRI CD anyway.