❓Guest Question: Cushing’s in 15 year old male

Jess asks on the Message Boards:

Hello, – a little back story. I have a 15 year old son who over the past couple of years has gained 60 pounds and has increasingly become angry, depressed, anxious- to the point where he was having thoughts of suicide. We went to a behavioral health specialist who put him on anti-anxiety meds, but his aggression has become worse and worse. I literally found myself last week saying, never in my life would I think this kid would act so violently towards me or his siblings. He was a good, sensitive kid. His mood can change in the blink of an eye. He also is very withdrawn and anxious to the point where he now does online school. We have contributed all of this to puberty and life experiences, just typical teenage stuff… but last week, when i was able to actaully have him come out of his room… i noticed a “lump” on the top of back, base of the neck. I am not sure if a buffalo hump can be caused by playing video games and sitting in a computer chair for 18 hours a day? Or if this is considered a buffalo hump??

Respond to Jess here: http://cushings.invisionzone.com/topic/54467-cushings-in-15-yo-male

❣️The Message Boards Turn 18 Today!

 

 

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

As of today, we have 72,796 members who have made countless posts.

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

 

‼️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.

 

❣️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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🦓 Day 25: Cushing’s Awareness Challenge 2018

Over the years, we went on several Windjammer Barefoot Cruises.  We liked them because they were small, casual and were fairly easy on the wallet.

They sailed around the Caribbean to a variety of islands, although they sometimes changed itineraries depending on weather, crew, whatever.  One trip we were supposed to go to Saba but couldn’t make port.  A lot of people got off at the next port and flew home.

The captains were prone to “Bedtime Stories” which were often more fiction than true but they added to the appeal of the trip.  We didn’t care if we missed islands or not – we were just there to sail over the waves and enjoy the ride.

The last trip we took with them was about two years before I started having Cushing’s problems.  (You wondered how I was going to tie this together, right?)

The cruise was uneventful, other than the usual mishaps like hitting docks, missing islands and so on.  Until it was a particularly rough sea one day.  I was walking somewhere on deck and suddenly a wave came up over the deck making it very slippery.  I fell and cracked the back of my head on the curved edge of a table in the dining area.  I had the next-to-the-worse headache I have ever had, the worst being after my pituitary surgery. At least after the surgery, I got some morphine.

We asked several doctors later if that hit could have contributed to my Cushing’s but doctors didn’t want to get involved in that at all.

The Windjammer folks didn’t fare much better, either. In October 1998, Hurricane Mitch was responsible for the loss of the s/v Fantome (the last one we were on).

All 31 crew members aboard perished; passengers and other crew members had earlier been offloaded in Belize.

The story was recorded in the book The Ship and the Storm: Hurricane Mitch and the Loss of the Fantome by Jim Carrier.  The ship, which was sailing in the center of the hurricane, experienced up to 50-foot (15 m) waves and over 100 mph (160 km/h) winds, causing the Fantome to founder off the coast of Honduras.

This event was similar to the Perfect Storm in that the weather people were more interested in watching the hurricane change directions than they were in people who were dealing with its effects.

I read this book and I was really moved by the plight of those crew members.

I’ll never know if that hit on my head contributed to my Cushing’s but I have seen several people mention on the message boards that they had a traumatic head injury of some type in their earlier lives.