It has been 11 years since my first transphenoidal resection of a Rathke's cyst – which is also a pituitary tumor. Mine was located on the optic nerve. They put me into a HUGE room and kept me for 10 days. That room was bigger than my entire house! Something didn't go as planned during my surgery – although I never found out what exactly went wrong. I may have to get all my paperwork out to see if anything you are saying is the same as what they said for me. I do know that up until last year – we were still adjusting my meds. I have to take 0.25 mg of dexamethasone in the evening. I had my choice of hydrocortisone or dexamethasone – and I chose the latter. My adrenals were shut down, my thyroid was shut down, I had very little human growth hormone, and I have diabetes insipidus and have had it my entire life. So I was probably born with most of this. If I don't take the dexamethasone, I will sleep at least 23 hours a day – the doctor told me I would go into a coma without it. You are going to be your own science experiment until everything settles down and you get everything adjusted. I take Armour thyroid and last year I pushed myself to get up to 90 mg and I now feel like I am alive.
But if you are now taking steroids – you need to listen to me very carefully. You need to get a book called The Candida Cure by Ann Boroch. Do it NOW – it's on Amazon if you cannot find it at your favorite book store. I didn't do it right away – nobody warned me. I developed candida overgrowth from taking that tiny bit of steroid. I was so dizzy, nauseated, bloated, didn't feel like eating anything (except in hindsight, I now know I was only able to eat food high in sugar because sugar feeds the candida). I had floaters in my eyes and I became extremely sensitive to any kind of perfume or cigarette smoke. My neighbor smokes and I couldn't be around her. I was lightheaded and I felt strange all the time. Brain fog. SO MUCH brain fog. It can happen so fast. I hvae been on the candida diet for six years as of 4/2, and I have to tell you – I feel like a new woman. If you decide to do it and you want support, just let me know. I have recipes and support for you. It seems so daunting at first – but I had become so ill, I literally had a handful of pills I planned to take to kill myself. I wound up only taking one pill – and I was going to reassess the situation when I woke up. When I woke up – I KNEW I had candida overgrowth. I mentioned it to a friend who told me to get that book. I downloaded the book to my kindle and by evening I was on the diet and all my old food had been given away. I haven't looked back yet. I feel like I'm in my 20s again (I am 70). This diet has given me my life back. Getting the tumor out was step 1 – and going on this diet was step 2. I didn't know it, but the GI doctor had found candida in my esophagus earlier that year – and he told me it was because of the steroids. But he didn't know how much brain fog I had – I spaced it out. Don't do what I did! This is your new normal – so now you have to adjust to it. People are eating way too much sugar and they don't even realize it. They have put sugar into everything – if you don't believe me – look at your box of salt – you will likely see dextrose listed. They have added sugar to a lot of the milk supply – but milk already has sugar in it. And there is this big push to drink juice – which is full of sugar. I waited so long, I cannot even eat root vegetables without breaking out in hives – too much sugar!
You will continue to get better. This isn't over until you are comfortable. Just take it one thing at a time. Let your body adjust after each change you make. You are lucky your doctor listens to you about headaches. I have constant migraines and bad headaches and I cannot get relief. The doctor that follows me at UCSF says "I don't deal with headaches. Get another doctor for that." It is so frustrating. Do you have an endocrinologist helping you navigate all of this? A word of warning: When I told my neuro-endocrinologist that I got candida from the steroids he gave me – he broke his pencil and threw it at the wall and yelled. He is usually a very reserved man!!! They don't like to hear it. So I just went on my diet and didn't say anymore about it to him. But that is exactly what caused me to have candida overgrowth. Basically, the steroids (or antibiotics or hormones) cause an imbalance in your gut. Those drugs wipe out the bacteria in your gut – both the bad and the good. The good bacteria keeps the candida from overgrowing. But if the good bacteria is wiped out, the candida overgrows and takes over. Candida overgrowth is a relatively new disease because these drugs haven't been in such widespread use until about the 1980s or so. Not one doctor would tell me this was my problem!!! They knew it but wouldn't tell me. One doctor said "I figured you wouldn't stay on the diet." I am still furious with her for that. She let me get suicidal and didn't say a word (she is no longer my doctor). Doctors will not talk about this. If you have the money, get yourself a functional doctor. Even a nutritionist could help. But I did it all myself – using that book as a springboard. And in the six years I have been on the diet – there are more and more delicious things being made for people who cannot tolerate sugar. I can go into certain grocery stores and pick up a snack – whereas when I first started the diet, I had to cook everything from scratch. More and more people are going off sugar. If you go off sugar, you will feel 100 times better and you will discover you are not nearly so likely to die of cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer's, the list is very long. I've been told I have cancer twice in the past three years and so far it hasn't been true at all. This is very likely why you are feeling a bit off.
Whatever you do, I wish you luck. I will try to log on more often to see if you post. I hope I have helped.
Oh – by the way, I used a good probiotic twice a day, herbal antifungals three times a day (and I cook with things like garlic, oregano, apple cider vinegar, etc. – which are all antifungal. I use CBD (from cannabis – not hemp) for pain once a day and that is antifungal, too. I did nOT do any of the "organ cleanse" protocols in the book – I think they are hard on the body and also your organs will cleanse theirselves. So you don't have to worry about that. If you decide to do the diet, I will be happy to help you out.
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Hi Elizabeth! First I would like to say thank you for reading my post and responding. I am new to this and I have been trying to find a support group where people have undergone pituitary removal and see what their post op journey has been. Surprisingly enough I haven’t found to much out here. I appreciate you sharing your experience with changing your diet. I may read up on it, but right now my focus is on my post op recovery and hopefully getting off of these steroids. I’m surprised that you even checked the post. It seems like there is no recent activity in this forum.