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I am a 30 year old female. In 2008, I suffered pituitary apoplexy. I still can't believe I survived!!!! I had 2 children at the time and was still breastfeeding 2nd child when it happened. I'd had an extremely bad headache for about a week but just assumed it was a migraine until the pain was so bad that I could not keep still and I was vomiting constantly all night. I went to A+E and they tested for meningitis whilst doing CT and MRI scans. MRI showed a haemorrhage to an adenoma on the pituitary. Preliminary hormone profiles revealed hypopituitsm and I was put on his dose hydrocortisone. (further test showed lack of thyroxine, oestrogen, growth hormone, prolactin, etc..)
However, my sodium levels dropped dangerously low ( I should have been in a coma if not dead!) and I was admitted to the HIgh Dependency Unit and given an anaesthetic for pain relief as morphine wasn't getting to the pain. I was there for a week.
to cut a long story short, Thanks to the quick diagnosis and action of my hospital team and my God, I not only survived this, but I have just given birth to a healthy boy (hypopituitism obviously seriously effects fertility) and am able to feed him myself!!! There is hope!
I want to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to the NHS. Without the NHS I would not be here, my newest baby would not be here. My 2 year old and 4 year old would be without a mum and my husband without a wife. This story is a miracle and there is more than I can write here. My God is a Great Big God. He can do anything!!! When I read about pituitary apoplexy, I am so aware of how incredibly lucky I am to be alive!
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