I had a MRI in March 09 which has shown lesions on my brain. My Neurologist believes that I have MS but to be sure, I have to go back again in September 09 for another MRI to see if there are any new lesions and to discuss any further symptoms. On the one hand, I'm relieved to finally have a diagnosis - I've been ill for about 4 years - but on the other hand, I still have symptoms which are not typical of MS.
One of the major symptoms is the sudden, unexplained weight gain - my weight doubled in just over a year and then stayed like that regardless of the attempts I made to lose it. I went on a standard calorie counting diet devised by myself and then decided I would probably benefit from the support structure of weight watchers and slimming world to no avail. I've looked at my portion control and gently increased my activity levels but nothing helps. I even tried the Cambridge Diet and in my 1st week, lost absolutely nothing which my diet counsellor told me "wasn't possible"!!! I eventually lost the weight on the diet but immediately put the weight back on despite watching what I ate vigilently. I have no desire to be a yo-yo dieter as I know it causes more harm than good but I really don't know what to do.
Another problem with my eating is that I seem to have a bowel movement within an hour of eating. I generally have very soft stools and watery diarrhoea or a mixture of the two. Preceding my bowel movements, I often have abdominal pain and flatulence and I also seem to be suffering from urge incontinence for both my bladder and bowels (although I suspect this may be due to the MS).
I have developed excessively dry hair and skin and my nails have become very thin and brittle. My hair growth on my head and body and really slowed down - I now don't need to shave my legs/underarms until at least day 6 after the last time and my hair has only grown approx 1cm in the last 6 months. More recently I have developed purple stretch marks on my breasts even though my weight hasn't increased. Most of the weight gain has been in my arms and upper body and I have severe fluid retention in my legs. The veins in my chest have become more visible and I often find bruises and not know how I've got them - although this may be related to my B12 deficiency. I do suffer depression but is anyone really surprised?
Another major symptom is the pain. The best way to describe it is to imagine you've gone to the gym for the first time in years and you have an intensive and thorough work out. Now imagine how you would feel the next day with all of your muscles (including those you didn't know you had!) hurting. I feel like that every day and there's no let up. And don't even get me started on the tiredness. I sometimes sleep for 15-16 hrs a day and have been known to miss work completely!
My thyroid has been checked and it is definately not my thyroid but could it be my pituitary? Would a general MRI of the brain show up a tumour in the pituitary or would I have to have another MRI specifically on the pituitary? Are there any other causes of Cushings? Any help would be gratefully received.