Cushing’s powerpoint


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This is my PowerPoint that was presented at pioneer Pacific College. It took alot of work with my failing memory but I did It! I want to get the word out about Cushing's and my journey with this awful disease. The first picture is me now.

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    1. 1. Disease/SyndromeBy: Sherry Carlson, NCMA
    2. 2. Cushings Disease/ Cushings Syndrome:Cushings is a hormonal disorder caused by prolongedexposure of the bodys tissues to high levels of thehormone cortisol. Your adrenal glands, which are rightabove your kidneys, release cortisol when they receive achemical message from your pituitary gland. The messagecomes in the form of adrenocorticotrophic hormone(ACTH), which travels through the bloodstream.The pituitary gland is known as the “Master gland of thebody” and is about the size of a pea.
    3. 3. Cushings Disease: Is the result of a pituitary tumorand the inappropriate production of ACTH.Cushings Syndrome: Causes the samesymptoms, but is a disorder marked byoverproduction of adrenal hormones, Cushing’ssyndrome is all other forms of Cushing’s.
    4. 4. “They say Cushing’s is rare, it’s not true it’s just rarely diagnosed” Causes of Cushing’s a benign tumor of the pituitary gland a benign tumor of the adrenal gland a benign tumor of the lung or other organ extensive use of cortisone medication
    5. 5. Pituitary Hormones and Adrenals
    6. 6. Page 1. My Story1999- First occurrence of my mystery illness, started getting sick off and on and my PCP did not know what was wrong, I went from doctor to doctor for years. I would have bouts of illness, then be fine and have all the energy in the world. He finally gave up and threw his arms in the air and walked out of the room. 2004 was the first I heard of Cushing’s and went on line and joined a support group I was then convinced this is what I had, they suggested a Endocrinologist at OHSU pituitary clinic. I saw him and he was very suspicious that this is was indeed what I had. He did a MRI and I did have a pituitary tumor on the left side, although he saw tumor on both sides, finally we had answers.2005-I tested for a full year before I got my diagnosis (which is not unusual). My doctor described the tumor like a light bulb turning on and off. I started with cyclical Cushing’s (Tumor turning off and on) then went Florid (Tumor staying on) at the end of testing and I did indeed have Cushing’s disease. Testing included a MRI, Serum Cortisol and ACTH, 24 hour urine cortisol, midnight saliva and serum testing, low dose Dex testing. Diurnal testing where I had a PICC line (Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter) and drew blood every 4 hours for 24 hours. In people with Cushing’s, their diurnal clock is off so your Cortisol is high at night, It should be 0 at midnight mine was as high as 34, >7.5 is positive. These tests where done over and over, it was a year of hell. It took over my life. Even testing at work doing my 24 hour urine tests. Until I got too sick and had to leave my beloved job at PPC. In my personal experience Cushing’s is like a robber in the night stealing everything and it stole my life as I knew it. Cortisol in excess is like battery acid and did major permanent damage to my body.
    7. 7. Page 2. On to surgery and life today2006- February I had my IPSS Petrosal Sinus Sampling (a thin flexible wire is guided from the groin to the brain to sample fluid from both sides of the pituitary gland to measure the ACTH to see which side is higher, this tells which side the pituitary tumor is located) my tumor lateralized to the left. 3/23 I had my first a unsuccessful Transphenoidal surgery (surgery with very small instruments and a intaoprative MRI goes through the nose to the pituitary gland) they removed the whole left side of my pituitary gland but still had tumor making ACTH, 10/12 I had my second unsuccessful Transphenoidal surgery , they removed all but 10% of my Pituitary gland and what was left died, and finally 11/6 I had my BLA Bilateraladrenalectomy (Removal of the adrenal glands to stop the ACTH from reaching the adrenals to stop cortisol production). No adrenal glands means being on steroids for the rest of my life among many other meds due to no pituitary.2012-My life today is not as it should be with all these surgeries and I am still sick. I take 23 pills a day and one injection. I have to go to an out patient clinic to get IV fluids 2-3x a week. I am on permanent social security disability. I am in and out of the hospital so much it is my second home. This is on my emergency list: Addison’s disease/Steroid induced Cushing’s syndrome, Dysautonomia, Panhypopituitary, Chronic Nausea, Asthma, Type 2 Diabetes, Hypothyroid, Fibromyalgia, Lumbosacral spondylosis, Facet arthropathy of the lumbar spine, Permanent nerve damage lower lumbar spine, Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis, Severe Neuropathy in both lower extremities, benign essential tremors , Hx Cushing’s disease, Hx TIA like symptoms, Hx sepsis x4, Hx Depression, Hx Anxiety, Fractured both hips in 2/2009, Fractured right ankle 9/2009. Full r knee replacement 2/2011 (not healed after 1 year). Life is what it is and I take each day one at a time. I am 43 and feel like a 90 year old. But I am alive and thankful for that!
    8. 8. Progression of the disease 1996-2005
    9. 9. Cushing’s at it’s worstMoon face Larger torso and face
    10. 10. My symptoms of Cushing’s Disease before surgery  Symptoms of my highs  Other Physical indicators  Dorsocervical hump  Extreme increase in energy  Some fat filling around collar bones  Especially at night  Midsection weight gain  Red face  Irregular menses  Anxiety  Round swollen face  Acne  Health Conditions  No aches  High Cholesterol  High Triglycerides  No nausea  Hyper and hypoglycemia (low 63-high 280)   Extreme spikes of B/P (highest 190/155)  Symptoms of my lows  Tachycardia  Decrease or no energy  Fatty Liver  Gastritis and Duodenitis  Headaches  Mild slowing on EEG  Nausea-occasional vomiting  Pituitary Adenoma  Achy muscles and joints and bones  Migraines  Dizziness  Symptoms of at least 4 TIA’s  Feeling of buzzing in and out like an electrical  Syncope short.  Memory and cognitive skills diminished  Superficial skin infections  Parasthesias    Weight loss
    11. 11. Symptoms of Cushing’s A person can have more of less of these symptoms:
    12. 12. Take home lesson 2-5 people out of a million will be diagnosed each year. It is suppose to be rare. What I have learned from the thousands of others on and Facebook over the past 8 years is “Cushing’s is not rare, it’s just rarely diagnosed.” It is hard to find a Endocrinologist that specializes in Cushing’s but they are out there. If you or someone you know has the symptoms of Cushing’s please seek help, it is a long road and you must find the right Endo, but it is fatal if not treated. Please don’t judge other people, they might be fat because of Cushing’s or they might have some other disease that makes them different. It is hurtful when you used to weight 130# then jump up to 220# in a matter of a few years and people treat you different. If you have any questions for me, just ask your instructor for my information, I would be happy to help.
    13. 13. “If tomorrow starts with out me” If tomorrow starts without me, And Im not there to see, If the sun should rise and find your eyes all filled with tears for me; I wish so much you wouldnt cry the way you did today, While thinking of the many things we didnt get to say. I know how much you love me, as much as I love you, And each time that you think of me, I know youll miss me too; But when tomorrow starts without me, please try to understand, An angel came and called my name, and took me by the hand, And said my place was ready, in Heaven far above, And that Id have to leave behind all those I dearly love. But as I turned to walk away, a tear fell from my eye, For all my life, Id always thought, I didnt want to die. I had so much to live for, so much left yet to do, It seemed almost impossible, That I was leaving you. I thought of all the yesterdays, the good ones and the bad, I thought of all that we shared, and all the fun we had. If I could relive yesterday, just even for a while, Id say good-bye and hug you And maybe see you smile. But then I fully realized, that this could never be, For emptiness and memories, Would take the place of me. And when I thought of worldly things I might miss some tomorrow, I thought of you, and when I did, my heart was filled with sorrow. But when I walked through heavens gates, I felt so much at home. When God looked down and smiled at me, from His great golden throne, He said, "This is eternity, And all Ive promised you. Today your life on earth is past, But here life starts anew. I promise no tomorrow , But today will always last, And since each day is the same way, Theres no longing for the past. " So when tomorrow starts without me, dont think were far apart, For every time you think of me, Im right there, in your heart.
    14. 14. The End By: Sherry Carlson, NCMA