❓Guest Question: Upcoming Endo Appointment

Donna Asked:

Can someone please help me?  Over the past few years I have gained over 40 lbs, suffer from extreme fatigue, muscle cramps, headaches, just to name a few. I also have a hump between my shoulders. I have gone to see my primary care physician and asked about Cushing’s syndrome and she said that there’s just no way I could have this because it is so rare. I asked for a referral to see a endocrinologist and she finally agreed. After doing some research on this debilitating disease, I am convinced that I am it’s next victim. I am so scared. What can I expect from this endo appointment?

Please respond here or on the message boards at http://cushings.invisionzone.com/topic/54455-please-help/?page=0#comment-474250

🎤 Interview Info

Cushing’s Podcast Interview Information

Scheduled Interviews

If you want to be interviewed, please chose “Yes” on the form below.

A time will be arranged for your interview. On that day, please call the guest call-in number about 5-10 minutes before the interview is scheduled.

You can chat informally with the MaryO before the chat begins. You will hear the BlogTalk lady say “BlogTalkRadio” and there will be some Cushing’s theme music followed by your introduction and welcome. The first question will be asked.

Talk normally, just like you’re on the phone chatting with friends.

Archived audio is available through BlogTalkRadio or through iTunes Podcasts

This player will play either the last recorded show or, if the show is currently occurring, you can hear the live show.

Listen to CushingsHelp on internet talk radio

Subscribe to the CushingsHelp podcasts on iTunes

Think of our podcast as a radio show on Cushing’s. The show consists of many “episodes”. You can listen on your computer, or your iPods, completely free of charge.

To listen, you will need to “subscribe” to the podcast feed using a “podcatcher” application such as iTunes. After you subscribe, each time you launch iTunes, it will automatically check if new episodes are available and if yes, it will download the most recent episode to your computer for you to hear. Then you can sync your iPod with iTunes to get the show onto your iPod for listening on the go.

For help in subscribing to podcasts with iTunes, you can use this tutorial from Apple or if you’re iTunes savvy, you can subscribe now!

To be interviewed, please be sure to include your name, email address and check the box that says “Would you like to be considered for a phone interview?”

 

‼️Another Day, Another Board Upgrade

 

Another message board upgrade happening right now. I’m not sure how long it will take (or what cosmetic changes need to be done afterwards.

If you see any other issues I should be watching for – and maybe correct later – please let me know.

Patience, please!

FWIW – I see we have the Twitter and Facebook share boxes back. Even if you share from the boards, people on these other services will not be able to see anything other than the beginning snippet unless they are board members and they log in.

 

❓Guest Question: Can you have Cushing’s with Normal Cortisol Levels?

 

Kenz asked:

I got my lab work done.

I have all the symptoms of cushing’s Disease, from the buffalo hump and obesity to the easy bruising and the muscle weakness.

My cortisol levels came back normal, and I haven’t gotten the results of my ACTH yet.

Has anyone had normal cortisol levels come back and still had cushing’s Disease?

Respond here or in the Guest Forum

❣️Happy 18th Birthday Cushing’s Help!

It’s unbelievable but the idea for Cushing’s Help and Support arrived 18 years ago late last night. I was talking with my dear friend Alice, who ran a wonderful menopause site called Power Surge, wondering why there weren’t many support groups online (OR off!) for Cushing’s and I wondered if I could start one myself and we decided that I could.

Thanks to a now-defunct Microsoft program called FrontPage, the first one-page “website” (http://www.cushings-help.com) first went “live” July 21, 2000 and the message boards September 30, 2000.

All our Cushing’s-related sites:

 

❣️We’re almost 18!

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It’s unbelievable but the idea for Cushing’s Help and Support arrived 18 years ago tonight.  That’s a long time for anything online.

I was talking with my dear friend Alice, who ran a wonderful menopause site called Power Surge, wondering why there weren’t many support groups online (OR off!) for Cushing’s and I wondered if I could start one myself and we decided that I could.

The first website (http://www.cushings-help.com) first went “live” July 21, 2000 and the message boards September 30, 2000. Hopefully, with these sites, I’m making some helpful differences in someone else’s life!

The message boards are very active and we have weekly online text chats, occasional live interviews, local meetings, email newsletters, a clothing exchange, a Cushing’s Awareness Day Forum, podcasts, phone support and much more.

Whenever one of the members of the boards gets into NIH, I try to go to visit them there. Other board members participate in the “Cushie Helper” program where they support others with one-on-one support, doctor/hospital visits, transportation issues and more.

Of course, we now have a Facebook page and 2 groups.  Both are secret, so if you want to join, please email or PM me for an invitation.

Other sites in the Cushing’s Help “Family”

 

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