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⁉️ Can You Help? Adderall and Cushings

Recently posted on the message boards at http://cushings.invisionzone.com/topic/54332-adderall-and-cushings/

I was recently diagnosed by the NIH with Cushings and Adrenal hyperplasia due to a tumor in my adrenals.  I have taken Adderall for a few years now for what I thought was ADD.  Can Adderall increase cortisol levels since it is a stimulant?

If you will respond here or in the comments, I will post your answer to the boards.

😎 Letter to Cushies

Originally posted on Facebook​​​​​​​

To all my Cushie friends who are still dealing with this horrible disease, keep fighting, don’t ever give up, you will get better.  I told a very close friend of mine the other day, if I had the power I would heal everyone you today.  Cushing’s is a horrible disease, and unless you have been through it there is no way anyone could ever understand it.

After a year and a half  since my BLA and I am the healthiest, happiest person I have been in a very long time.  I am working out with a personal trainer once a week because I am determined to regain the strength I lost due to having Cushing’s for six very long years.   I have a long way to go and it is not going to happen overnight but it will happen.

I live each day to the absolute fullest and enjoy every minute of every day, I am so grateful to have made it through to the other side, not without some emotional and physical scars, but I made it none the less.

I think about and pray for all of you every day because without your knowledge and support I don’t know that I would have made it.

To those of you who are still on the boards please feel free to share this post and my story to everyone there.  I am sorry I don’t go on the boards any more, but as I said I didn’t make through without some emotional scars.

I love you all, god bless and be good to yourself always.

⁉️ Would *YOU* Do This?

I remember someone on the House TV series trying a stunt like this on the episode titled Deception.

At a betting parlor where House happens to be, a woman collapses and House makes sure she gets to the hospital. He thinks she has Cushing’s syndrome while Cameron starts to think she has Münchausen syndrome, a syndrome at which the patient creates the symptoms of a disease, guaranteeing them attention and sympathy.

Rare Case of Woman Manipulating Saliva Tests to Support Cushing’s Diagnosis

Late-night measures of cortisol levels in saliva may not be all that helpful in diagnosing Cushing’s syndrome, a group of physicians discovered upon learning that a difficult to diagnose patient had manipulated the samples.

Although this behavior is extremely rare, the research team from the University of Calgary in Canada, argued that — when a diagnosis becomes difficult — it may be advisable to confirm suspicions using another and more reliable method that can distinguish natural from synthetic glucocorticoids.

The study, Factitious ACTH- dependent, apparent hypercortisolism: the problem with late night salivary cortisol measurements collected at home,” was published in the journal Clinical Endocrinology.

The case report described a woman who was admitted to a specialist clinic after two endocrinologists had failed to diagnose what they suspected was cyclic Cushing’s syndrome.

The woman had complained of fatigue and weight gain over the past four years despite weight loss banding surgery, and declined taking steroid medications. The examination did not reveal particular Cushing’s symptoms.

Physicians started an investigation, including overnight dexamethasone suppression tests and late-night salivary cortisol tests, which indicate increased levels of cortisol likely caused by abnormal functioning of the ACTH hormone.

Imaging did not show any suspected lesions in the pituitary and adrenal gland, and all further examinations did not reveal any disease changes that might have contributed to the increased cortisol.

The woman was put on a dopamine agonist. This treatment triggered a loss of eight kilograms (almost 18 lbs) over six months, and the woman said she was satisfied with it. But two late-night cortisol measurement showed continuing high cortisol levels.

When the clinic started using a new type of analysis to measure cortisol, however, findings changed. The new test, which was more sensitive, indicated massively higher doses of cortisol in re-analyzed saliva samples compared to the older results.

The new test could detect synthetic glucosteroids, but could not indicate if synthetic steroids were responsible for the higher levels seen in the retest. So the team used a method called liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. This technique can identify specific molecules, and revealed that the women had manipulated the samples using prednisone.

The woman’s physician also paid a surprise visit to collect a new saliva sample, which turned out to have normal cortisol levels.

The woman neither denied or confirmed manipulating the samples. And the team was contacted two months later by her new physician, requesting confirmation of her Cushing’s syndrome and details on her case.

The researchers believed the woman most likely has what is known as Munchausen’s syndrome, a mental illness that leads patients to feign physical disease. A 1995 report by the National Institutes of Health showed that 0.7 percent of all people investigated for too high cortisol had this syndrome.

Despite the rarity of this case, the team argued that chemical analysis is a valuable tool for both determining sample manipulation in difficult Cushing’s syndrome cases, or a different potential problem.

They also cautioned against putting too much trust in very elevated late-night cortisol, particularly when the symptoms do not match the cortisol increase.

From https://cushingsdiseasenews.com/2017/10/05/rare-case-of-woman-manipulating-late-night-saliva-cortisol-tests-to-get-cushings-diagnosis/

 

🌈 Today is the “Birthday” of the Message Boards!

 

 

Today  is the birthday, or anniversary, of the boards starting September 30, 2000 (The rest of the site started earlier that year in July 21, 2000)

As of today, we have 72,581 members who have made 383,647 posts.

Find the message boards here: http://cushings.invisionzone.com/

 

⚠️ Message Board Issues :(

The Message Boards are currently offline. From Tech Support…

Hello,  I apologize here for the trouble, there seem to be some issues with your site after our move to the new cloud yesterday, we have our team looking into these issues now and will get back with you as soon as we can. Currently, the site is not loading the index files properly, in which we are addressing.

We will be back with you as soon as we have this corrected.

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