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Stress and the Pituitary

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Stress can effect most of us is many ways but especially to those of us that have issues within the Pituitary. Continuously high stress can lead to elevated Cortisol and Prolactin levels and Tumour growth.
Finding ways to minimise your stressful situations and a visit to your doctor or Endocrinologist for a checkup is recommended as this could cause several other side effects to your health and Wellbeing.
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What is the Pituitary Gland?

Hi everyone,

To those new to this sight and any regular visitors, here is a useful video I found which is quite informative and worth watching to learn more about the pituitary. Very educational :-)

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What a week!

I hope you are all going well on your journey of health. I have had a busy week. I  visited my local doctor regarding a few health concerns.
Anxiety has been under control with Rescue Remedy, relaxation, meditation and looking into Yoga. Although some days are worse than others.
Yesterday I had my yearly MRI appointment ( 3 months earlier because of my not so good previous results.) My Mum came with me to have the scan as I don’t look forward to having them after a previous bad experience. This MRI scan was different from my last year scan. I’m usually quite relaxed, but from the beginning of the scan, as I laid down on the bed before I entered the tunnel, I had really bad anxiety and throughout the entire scan. I’m so glad that’s over for another year I hope. I’m staying positive for great results next month with my specialist.
I also saw the Physiotherapist today. My TOS (Thoracic Outlet Syndrome) is playing up, causing muscle spasms and nerve issues in my neck, shoulders and back. The Physiotherapist I usually see is on holidays so it was a fill in Physio with a different approach to my health concern. Although her approach was quite thorough, and i’m in quite excruciating pain in my neck, shoulders and down my whole back, I feel that with resting at home this weekend, pain medicine (Nurophen Zavance), Bath Muscle Relaxant Salts, and no housework I will be feeling better in a few days until my next physio session.
Apart from a few other health concerns I have been feeling tired, forgetful and a little dizzy some days. I have also lost 2 kilos (Currently at  44.5kg) since my previous visit.  Not sure if this has anything to do with the Pituitary but I will certainly mention this to the specialist on my next visit.
On the plus side I have decided to enroll in a couple of courses as well as looking for some part time employment, to build up my confidence, keep my mind focused on other things, to eliminate feeling depressed and anxious all the time, and encourage more positive social skills.
Well that’s it from me for now. I hope I haven’t bored anyone with this long post.
I hope you all have a great weekend. Will write more again soon.
PEACE, HOPE & HARMONY to you all.
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Check-Up October 2010

Hi everyone.  Well I had my regular check-up with the Endocrinologist this morning. Let’s just say I did a little happy dance on the inside. YAY!!! WOOOHHOOOO!!!!!! My recent blood test from the 18th of September was excellent. My Prolactin levels have dropped rapidly from 1200 miu/L to 686 miu/L. The levels are almost within the normal range of 0-600 miu/L.  (They haven’t been close to this since 2007.) All my other hormone levels eg. FSH, LH, E2, Cortisol, GH, IGFI, TSH, T4 and T3 are perfect. Although my growth hormone is a little lower than it should be, the endocrinologist is not to concerned as it’s more important in childhood. The MRI scan showed that everything is looking normal with the Pituitary Gland, only a small section left on the side due to the tumor removal. Maybe all the eating healthy (Gluten Free / Wheat Free / Dairy Free) , with the occasional splurge of Cadbury’s Chocolate, and taking Zinc, Magnesium and St John’s Wart vitamins have mad some difference to my results. Will most certainly keep it up!
Before my next appointment the endocrinologist has given me a referral to see a Gynocoligist as there may be a slight problem with my ovaries. Nothing too worry about as yet. Also I will have a regular blood test testing all the hormones again.  The overall Best News is that my usual check-ups with the endocrinologist are every 3-4 months. Now my next check-up will be in 6 months. Hopefully it may turn into once a year check-ups :-)
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4 Month Check-up

In October 2009 it had been 4 months since my previous appointment with the Endocrinologist and it was time for my next check-up and first consultation with the new Endocrinologist. I had a blood test a week before to check how my hormone levels are functioning, a Pap Smear and an Ultrasound to check on my ovaries, and an MRI to see how the Pituitary was going. I sat in the waiting room holding my scans nervously waiting to be called in and fingers crossed everything is all good. I was called in and showed the endocrinologist my scans as she read my results. I was a little concerned when the endocrinologist said that with the blood test results there was a slight increase in my hormone levels again. My hormone levels functioning showed the main hormone Prolactin with a reading of 774 mIU/L (regular range of 0-500), my estrogen levels are very low and my testosterone levels were a little elevated. The Pap Smear came back all clear, but the ultrasound showed a cyst growing on my right ovary the endocrinologist said she will have to keep an eye on that and have another scan in a few months. The MRI showed the Pituitary a little swollen as this could be still from the surgery and may stay like this due to the tumour being removed from the side. Also because my menstrual cycle is still irregular she wants to try to regulate this with the Pill (which I’m allergic to or possible HRT). I’m not too concerned as yet. Will focus on the other hormones as higher priority. Also to monitor how my entire endocrine system is functioning and producing hormones she gave me another blood test form with all the hormones including Prolactin, Cortisol, Thyroid, Growth Hormone, Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH), Luteinizing Hormone (LH), glucose, insulin, iron etc. The endocrinologist wanted to see me again in 4 months time in hope for more answers.
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Pituitary Gland MRI

After I had a CT scan which showed a Pituitary Tumour present I was sent to have an MRI scan at the Frankston Hospital. This scan of the Pituitary was to see a more clearer image of the lesion. This scan showed that a Tumour had grown on the pituitary measuring  1.5cm x 1.5cm x 1.7cm in size.
An appointment with the  NeuroSurgeon who specializes in Pituitary Tumours Dr Pullar to discuss what is the next step.
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