Week of July 16 2017
Adrenal Insufficiency: Primary and Secondary
Sunday Jul 16
Adrenal insufficiency is a condition that develops when most of the adrenal gland is not functioning normally. Primary adrenal insufficiency arises due to the damage of the glands or because of using drugs that halt synthesis of cortisol. On the other hand, secondary adrenal insufficiency stems from processes that inhibit the secretion of the adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) by the hypophysis as a result of a hypothalamic or pituitary pathology. The former is sometimes also referred to as tertiary adrenal insufficiency.
Read more at https://cushieblog.com/2016/11/20/adrenal-insufficiency-primary-and-secondary/
Comment added to “Kathleen (ForegoneLegacy), Pituitary Bio”
Monday Jul 17
From Kathleen: I feel SO much better, I was 166lbs two days before my surgery on November 9th and today I am 125lbs almost back down to my normal weight! I still get a little tired...
Read more at https://cushingsbios.com/2017/02/06/kathleen-foregonelegacy-pituitary-bio/
Add or update Your Bio
Tuesday Jul 18
The Add Your Bio form has been updated so that it no longer requires Flash. Your information will help others.
I would like to add that if anyone would like to do something for the Cushing's Awareness Challenge but you don't have (or want to have) a blog, why not consider adding your bio to the website this month?
More info at http://www.cushings-help.com/forms/bio.htm
Yes, You Need a Medical Alert Bracelet!
Tuesday Jul 18
#3– DO NOT MAKE IT “PRETTY” OR “NOT SO OBVIOUS”. I can not stress this enough. Ladies I know that you want the cute ones that look like normal bracelets, and have pretty charms, etc on them… THE ENTIRE point of a medical alert bracelet is that someone needs to see it and know that they should look at it. If it looks like a regular bracelet or regular necklace and it isn’t obvious within the first 3 seconds once we get to you and look in the obvious places (neck/wrist). it will NOT get seen. I promise you, we are too busy trying to play the guessing game of why you are not responding, than to take a look at every single piece of regular jewelry and see if it might have a really small inscribing of what is wrong with you. Once again. Make it noticeable. We will see that we need to look at it. Once we do. The guessing game is more than likely OVER. and we can begin to treat you appropriately.
Read more at https://cushieblog.com/2017/07/18/yes-you-need-a-medical-alert-bracelet/
Charles Horace Mayo was born in 1865
Wednesday Jul 19
(1865) American medical practitioner Charles Horace Mayo is born. He is one of the founders of the Mayo Clinic, a non-profit medical practice and medical research group. He also specialized in nervous system and thyroid surgery.
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New Testimonial from Susan (SDSather)
Thursday Jul 20
You have provided an invaluable service to many, many people with Cushing's and other Cushing's-like diseases and syndromes...
...You have been a pioneer in this field and you created an avenue for people to find information, when it was often withheld by the medical profession as proprietary. Thank you so much for all you have done.
Read more at https://cushieblogger.com/testimonial/susan-sdsather/
Friday Jul 21
In simple terms, Adrenal Insufficiency occurs when the body does not have enough cortisol in it. You see, cortisol is life sustaining and we actually do need cortisol to survive. You have probably seen the commercials about 'getting rid of extra belly fat' by lowering your cortisol. These advertisements make it hard for people to actually understand the importance of the function of cortisol.
Read more at http://www.cushings-info.com/index.php?title=Adrenal_Insufficiency
Into the brain through the nostrils
Friday Jul 21
Image-guided (navigation-assisted) endoscopic trans-nasal trans-sphenoidal pituitary surgery is what we are about to view being performed in the country (Sri Lanka) only since October this year. For, the 38-year-old patient lying inert on the operating table has a tumour just above her pituitary gland, between the optic nerves and the carotid arteries, making it a difficult operation-site to access. (The pea-size pituitary gland is dubbed the ‘master gland’ as it produces many hormones for the whole body, while also stimulating other glands to produce other hormones.)
Read more at https://cushieblog.com/2016/12/21/into-the-brain-through-the-nostrils-sri-lanka/
Saturday Jul 22
After your physicians have determined that it is reasonably safe to discharge you from the hospital following transsphenoidal pituitary surgery there are a number of important situations that may arise. Most people feel well after discharge. However, you should be aware of these possible problems, just in case. The following general guidelines are provided to promote your health and safety.
Headache, facial, and sinus pain are not uncommon following pituitary surgery. As you may have noted, the pain and discomfort typically improve on a daily basis following surgery. If you should experience a worsening of your pain or discomfort, please contact your neurosurgeon immediately.
Read more at http://www.cushings-info.com/index.php?title=Pituitary_Post-Op
Comment added to “Kristin T, Undiagnosed Bio”
Saturday Jul 22
... I have every single symptom of Cushing’s, and I believe it is cyclical and has been happening for about 26 years. It will be what kills me, I fear. Of course, it will be deemed because of obesity and health issues related to it. It is frustrating that doctors just think-it’s so rare, this cannot be what’s wrong. I think it is rarely diagnosed because it us hard to get the tests to give the accurate information. I do not think they will ever diagnose me...
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