“I Went to my Endo appt yesterday (prepared) I had a list of all of my symptoms and a few photos of me to show the dramatic changes that my body has gone through over a short period of time. Without my prompting, He is sure that I have Cushings. …The endo walked in the room, introduced himself, took a good look at me and my pictures and asked me if I had ever heard of Cushings? He told me that I was in good hands and that he would set me up with a great neurosurgeon.”
Dr. Alexander Zwart. He is located in Tucson Arizona.
For those who can not make it to Washington, DC next week, we’re pleased to announce a livestream will be available for the Rare Disease Congressional Caucus briefing.
Rare Disease Legislative Advocates with honorary co-hosts Representatives Leonard Lance (R-NJ) and G. K. Butterfield (D-NC) and Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Co-Chairs of the Rare Disease Congressional Caucus, invite you to a lunch briefing:
The Diagnostic Odyssey
Tuesday, December 4, 2018, from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m.
Date: December 3, 2018
Time: 3:00PM – 4:00PM Pacific Standard Time 6:00PM – 7:00PM Eastern Standard Time
To understand the role of surgery in the treatment of pituitary tumors
To understand the advantages and disadvantages of different surgical approaches in the treatment of pituitary tumors
To understand the risks and benefits associated with different surgical strategies
Mario Zuccarello, MD
Mario Zuccarello, MD, is currently a Professor of Neurosurgery in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Cincinnati. He was the Frank H. Mayfield Chair for Neurological Surgery and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery from 2009-2017. Dr. Zuccarello is also a member of the University of Cincinnati Gardner Neuroscience Institute and the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Stroke Team.
Dr. Zuccarello is dedicated to clinical research in neurovascular disease and the development of new neurosurgical techniques for the treatment of stroke, cerebral hemorrhage, vasospasm, carotid artery disease, and moyamoya disease. While Cincinnati has become widely known for its leadership in stroke research, treatment, and the development of clot-busting drugs, Dr. Zuccarello has led a quiet revolution in the prevention and treatment of brain hemorrhages, which rank among the most hazardous conditions of the brain.
Dr. Zuccarello graduated summa cum laude from the Gymnasium in Catania, Italy, in 1970. He received his medical degree from the University of Padova, Italy, in 1976, and completed his residency in neurosurgery from Padova, with summa cum laude honors, in 1980. He subsequently performed research fellowships at the University of Iowa and the University of Virginia Medical Center, Charlottesville, and a clinical fellowship at the University of Cincinnati.
He was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society in 2001 and has been named to the Best Doctors in America since 2005. In 2013, he received recognition by members of the Vasospasm consortium for his dedication and outstanding accomplishments in the field of experimental and clinical research on subarachnoid hemorrhage.
Jonathan A. Forbes, MD
Dr. Forbes is a fellowship-trained neurosurgeon with expertise and interest in open and minimally-invasive approaches for treatment of pathology of the cranial base. He has a long and distinguished history of academic recognition, commitment to excellence, and service to our country. As an undergraduate at Grove City College, he was a recipient of the Trustee Scholarship and was named Sportsman of the Year after his senior season of varsity football. Following the events of 9/11, he enrolled in the Health Professions Scholarship Program with the United States Air Force. In medical school at the University of Pittsburgh, he was a recipient of the David Glasser Honors’ Award for academic performance. During neurosurgical residency at Vanderbilt University, he received numerous national accolades—including the AANS Synthes Craniofacial Award for Research in Neurotrauma as well as the AANS Top Gun Award. His score on the American Board of Neurological Surgery (ABNS) written board examination during his fourth year of residency was recognized in the top 3% nationwide.
After completing his chief year of neurosurgical residency at Vanderbilt in 2013, Dr. Forbes went on to fulfill a 4-year commitment with the U.S. Air Force that included a 6-month deployment to Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan. Humanitarian care he provided at the Craig Joint Theater Hospital in Bagram has been featured in numerous neurosurgical journals—including Journal of Neurosurgery, World Neurosurgery and Neurosurgical Focus—and recognized on a national level by the USAF as part of the “Through Airmen’s Eyes” series. After honorable discharge from the military, he completed a minimally-invasive skull base fellowship at Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City under the guidance of Dr. Theodore Schwartz prior to joining the UC Department of Neurosurgery. To date, Dr. Forbes has contributed to over 40 peer-reviewed publications.
Dr. Theodore Friedman’s next webinar will be on the Macrilen Stimulation Test for Growth Hormone Deficiency: Sunday, December 9, 2018, 6 PM PST
Adult growth hormone deficiency occurs in patients with hypopituitarism and can occur in those with a pituitary tumor. A growth hormone stimulation test is needed to make the diagnosis of adult growth hormone deficiency.
Dr. Theodore Friedman’s next webinar will be on the Macrilen Stimulation Test for Growth Hormone Deficiency: Sunday, December 9, 2018, 6-7 PM PST.
He will discuss the new Macrilen stimulation test and compare it to the glucagon stimulation. If you may have growth hormone deficiency, you do not want to miss this webinar.
6:00 pm | Pacific Standard Time, 9:00 pm Eastern Standard Time
Meeting number (access code): 284 045 554, Meeting password: growth
You can join on a website (that will allow you to hear the presentation and view the slides) or by telephone (that will allow you only to hear the presentation). There will be time for questions by “chat” and the video conference will be posted on goodhormonehealth.com a few days after. You will be required to mute your phones/computers.
I dropped by this site because my friend’s daughter has Cushings and I wanted to learn more. Is there any chance that Cushings might be manageable or improvable in a way similar to what Izabella Wentz proposes for Hashimotos?
Pre-Cushing’s I had no problem working a full day, having a piano studio overflowing with students, going out at night, cleaning the house, being a normal mom.
I could do as I chose – if I wanted to go somewhere, or do something, I just did.
Now, I work part-time and my studio is much smaller. Everything I do is to accommodate my nap schedule. I have to plan everything carefully so I can take my meds on time and be ready to sleep.
Even going to regular doctors is harder, explaining why I take cortisone and growth hormone, why I can’t take whatever meds they want to prescribe.
Discussing with a sports medicine doctor why I should (or shouldn’t) have a cortisone shot in my knee. (I went for it September 12! Now I’ll have to explain to my endo.)
Unfortunately, I also haven’t lost all my Cushing’s weight (probably at least partly my own fault LOL) and I still have to shave my chin every day.
I honestly believed that my kidney cancer was due to my taking growth hormone, which I take because of my pituitary tumor. Now, since I’m back on it, I’m not entirely sure – but who knows what else might be growing? Or maybe the different brand is better for me. Who can say?
What about you? How has your life changed due to Cushing’s?
Tanana Valley Clinic
Country: United States
Specialty: Endocrinology Hospital Affiliations: Tanana Valley, Mayo Clinic Comments: Dr. Ahmed is professional, thorough with his research, thoughtful, and thinks I’m his star Cushing’s patient (I’m his only Cushing’s patient).
This question came up on the message boards today: Anyone ever used a Rife Machine on Cushings syndrome?
I don’t think so – this is the first I have heard of a Rife Machine so I looked it up and found this info:
American scientist Royal Raymond Rife invented the Rife machine. It produces an energy similar to radio waves.
Rife’s machine built on the work of Dr. Albert Abrams. Abrams believed every disease has its own electromagnetic frequency. He suggested doctors could kill diseased or cancerous cells by sending an electrical impulse identical to the cell’s unique electromagnetic frequency. This theory is sometimes called radionics.
Rife machines are Rife’s version of the machines used by Abrams. Some people claim they can help cure cancer and treat other conditions like Lyme disease and AIDS.