Another Cushing's Test

By theladyiscrazy Latest Reply 2014-06-15 10:06:34 -0500
Started 2014-06-11 14:53:53 -0500

Well, after doing one test twice, it seems the results are disagreeing with one another. One has my cortisol high, where the other has it within normal range. So, onto another test: I had a blood draw yesterday, then had to take a pill at 11:30 pm last night, and finally a blood draw this morning at 8:30 am. I should know something in a couple of days.

If I do have cushing's and we control it, it will be interesting to see what happens with my diabetes, as it can cause it. hmmmmmmm

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theladyiscrazy 2014-06-15 10:06:34 -0500 Report

Update: It shows normal. So, I am on hold for 6 months and then the doctor and I will decide what to do next. I think they want to rerun a couple of tests because I have been on the steroids often and they want me to repeat one of the tests further away from a round of them.

jigsaw 2014-06-11 15:48:18 -0500 Report

I did a bit of research in the past on cushings, because my dog got it at age 14. Not sure of all the similarities with cushings in dogs and humans, but my dog's went into remission after a year. During the year that she had it, it was well controlled with medication. I read that certain foods (contained in dog foods) such as grains, are thought to be part of the cause. I put her on a grain free diet, and all of her symptoms disappeared. Even the belly that she started to get as a result, disappeared.

I hope your not offended by my mentioning the dog. If their are similarites with cushings in dogs related to humans, then it can't hurt to know. In the case of my dog, she had an enlarged pituitary gland, that resulted in the adrenal glands not receiving the correct signal.

I would guess that treatment for cushings, just might help with diabetes, since controlling cortisol is generally a part of it. Hopefully your test will come back negative, and all will be ok! My prayers are with you.

theladyiscrazy 2014-06-11 18:21:01 -0500 Report

No, I am not offended. LOL

Cushings in humans can be a Pituitary or an adrenal issue (sometimes tumors are on them). Rare cases it can be something in the lung. Long term steroid use can come into play as well. I have been on one form or another of steroids for a long time. I also end up on Prednisone at least twice a year (that is a good year). So, that could cause Cushings. I also learned in my diabetes class that there is now a Type 2 Steroid induced diabetes designation that some doctors utilize.

jigsaw 2014-06-12 05:51:05 -0500 Report

I wonder if steroid induced Cushings, can be subdued into remission? I suspect that it can.

Unfortunately, I had to put my 4 legged 16 year old little girl down yesterday. she was my companion and little girl for 16 years! Although her Cushings went into total remission, she developed arthritis in her spine. It wreaked havoc on her, and caused nerve damage and pain. Her time was long past due. I am broken hearted, and my wife cried all day yesterday. This was the dog that saved my wifes life, when she was having a stroke! She was a very special dog.

Friday, we'll be driving about 300 miles to visit our daughter, and celebrate her sons birthday. It will be a good opportunity to get away and put our minds on something more pleasant.

I don't mean to change the subject of your post, but I am certainly thinking of you and your situation, and hoping that you experience good results.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-06-13 09:17:37 -0500 Report

Jigsaw; So sorry for your loss. I know from experience how hard it is to lose a loved one, including the four legged kind. Mine was like a son to me me that never grew up. He was always the same little puppy that I first brought home. He has a special place in my heart. My new pup will never take his place but he has made his own special place and I love him too.

jigsaw 2014-06-15 05:46:23 -0500 Report

Thankyou Trudie Ann! I feel the same way you do. They're all very special, and our little girl Jamie, will remain in our hearts forever!

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-06-12 00:28:17 -0500 Report

theladyiscrazy; Oh wow, you take Prednisone that often? I wish I could take prednisone. I had it prescribed once before and my blood glucose shot through the roof. It took almost a month to get it all out of my system, and my bg to get back to normal (for me normal). It did help the problem the doctor prescribed it for but, he put it on my allergy list (weird huh), and won't prescribe it any more. What is the type 2 steroid that you learned about in your class? I would like to check it out and see if it would work for me.

theladyiscrazy 2014-06-12 07:03:48 -0500 Report

Trudie, Prednisone does increase my glucose levels and they don't like to prescribe it to me. Unfortunately, I have several allergies (very severe this year) AND I am asthmatic. So, if I get an upper respiratory infection (bronchitis every year), I typically have to do a round of steroids to calm the asthma down. Then I tend to get put on them at some point during the year for an allergic reaction.

Type 2 Steroid induced is type 2 diabetes that has been caused by being on steroids for an extended period of time. No, stopping the meds doesn't make it go away. I take an inhaled steroid every day (Advair) for my asthma. All rescue inhalers are steroid based as well. They just target the lungs but some of the steroid does get into the system, just not like Prednisone. I have had steroid eye drops for over two months now and am coming off of them. So, it is situations like this that keeps the sugar levels higher that contributes to the type 2 diabetes.

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