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mkirby19 (@mkirby19)

14 year old daughter and undiagnosed GI pain

Digestive Health | Last Active: Sep 28, 2019 | Replies (37)

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@astaingegerdm

Hi @hopeful33250 ,
The initial symptom was enormous weight gain, starting senior year in high school and continued through college. After college she developed hypertension, bipolar depression, diabetes and tachycardia. Also prone to infections. She was not living at home then but saw numerous doctors in FL and they blamed everything on her weight. The diagnosis was finally made by her psychiatrist! He noticed certain physical characteristics- hump upper back and enormous stretch marks. She had a pituitary tumor that produced large amounts of cortisol- our stress hormone. She had successful surgery. Recovery was tough- after having high levels of cortisol she suddenly had nothing. They started her on hydrocortisone tablets and eventually tapered off.
Good result was disappearance of all symptoms! Even the bipolar depression.
She has hormones checked on a regular basis. So far so good.

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@astaingegerdm

That is an amazing story of a successful diagnosis and treatment. I am so glad that she had a psychiatrist who was able to look beyond the obvious symptoms and see what might be the cause. It is difficult to find medical professionals who are that insightful.