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Hi my name is Joanna
To summarize my story, after many months of symptoms and testing, I have been diagnosed with "Cushing disease", which I had a pituitary gland adenoma roughly around 0.4 x 0.3cm in size that was producing excessive cortisol.
Like many other patients, my body has developed symptoms that make my life miserable. For example: gaining weight, trouble getting to sleep, full moon face, getting tired easily and also suffering many other minor symptoms.
After a series of consultation with medical experts, I have been scheduled for a surgery in two days from now to remove the pituitary gland from my head. However as the surgery comes closer, I have become more nervous about what’s coming ahead after the surgery. I would be grateful if any of you are kind enough to answer my questions.
1. Unlike the common pituitary removal practice, my doctor has decided to operate the surgery through my inner upper lip rather than the nostrils. So I was wondering if there are any other people who have undergo a similar procedure and if there is anything I should be more alert after the surgery?
2. In reference to what my doctor has told me; there will be an excessive drop of ACTH hormones after the surgery, therefore I would like to know the kind of physical or mental symptoms I would be expected to experience during this period?
3. What are the physical and mental challenges, I would be expecting to undergo after returning home from the hospital?
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