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I have been taking Hydrocortisone for 35 years, since the removal of a Craniopharyngioma that flattened my Pituitary Gland. I produce no hormones, Panhypopituitarism. I also take Synthroid for Hypothyroidism. With time the following problems have arisen, all HC-induced:
- Esophageal Candidiasis which has gone up to my mouth. Started within first year of taking HC;
- High level of Cholesterol, though I eat very little, home made, no fats, nothing fried (I am pretty skinny) but now at 300. Started about two years after surgery;
- High level of Sugars, though I only have sugar with my one cup of coffee a day. Started about two years after surgery;
- Pustular Psoriasis. New problem, started a year ago.
-Severe chemical depression, caused by both, HC and Synthroid.
I was a patient at NIH but they never included me in the research. All Endocrinologists, there and any I've had, all made me feel guilty when they'd see my cholesterol and sugar levels.
I have not met one Endocrinologist that knew anything about Craniopharyngiomas or Hydrocortisone-induced problems, they would up or down the HC dosis (went from 30 mg daily to 15 mg daily some 30 years ago -moonface never disappeared) and prescribe more medication. Then again, it took doctors 20 years to figure out that my intense migraines since age 12 were due to a Craniopharyngioma..
ANyone in my situation? Any suggestions?
I've refuse psychiatric help for the Depression, the first thing I was prescribed was Prozac.
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