I moved recently, and went about the business of finding new doctor's here. My S.O. practically had to drag me out to see an new reproductive endocrinologist, but I found one and went to see him. He requested the blood work from my initial diagnosis (2003, I think) to review.
His P.A. called me yesterday, because the Dr. got the initial blood work and thinks there's a fairly good chance that I don't have PCOS, and instead have Cushing's Syndrome or Cushing's Disease. The symptoms are apparently incredibly similar (inconsistent or no periods, hirutism, weight gain mostly in the body NOT the extremities, co-existing depression, insulin resistance) along with some others that are definitely me including muscle weakness, bone weakness, anxiety, easily bruised skin that doesn't resolve quickly... (this is from the little quick research I did).
So I'm writing (partly) as a "Public Service Announcement" - hey everybody this is a different syndrome that is apparently REVERSIBLE in most cases, that is known to be frequently confused with PCOS (according to my doctor AND wikipedia).
But also I'm writing to find out more... have any of you all HEARD of this? were you screened for it? what do you all know about this? is it possible to have BOTH PCOS and Cushing's?.... etc, etc, etc.
Anyway, next week I'm going in to do two separate blood work series, apparently one before and one after I take some pill that helps diagnose. Both are fasting blood draws -- although I'm usually ASLEEP well before midnight and the draws are at 8:00 am, so I guess it doesn't matter much.
And, on an aside, can I even tell you how ANGRY this makes me! Why is it we have 4 pills covered by (most) medical insurance that help a man get an erection that lasts, but we can't come up with a simple way to definitely diagnose a women's health issue (PCOS) and not confuse it with something else? ARGH! (Sorry I just needed to vent that!)
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