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human endocrine systemMy name is Mitch Ross, and I may have Cushing's disease. In fact, I may have been living with it for decades.

According to LabTestsOnline.com

"Cushing disease is caused by a pituitary gland tumor (usually benign) that over-secretes the hormone ACTH, thus overstimulating the adrenal glands' cortisol production. Cushing syndrome refers to the signs and symptoms associated with excess cortisol in the body, regardless of the cause. In addition to a pituitary tumor, taking steroid hormones (often used to treat cancer or autoimmune diseases), adrenal gland tumors, and ACTH-producing tumors outside the pituitary gland can cause Cushing syndrome."

Even though I have had two tests that confirms extremely high Cortisol levels, it's not official until an Endocrinologist says I have Cushing's.

But I wanted to get this site, blog/vlog started as soon as I could so that I could start my own healing process and maybe encourage people with similar problems to not give up.

Keep advocating for yourself, and work with your medical team, even if it's them that you have to advocate too.

Endocrine issues are serious, life altering and misunderstood illnesses. There are a lot of them, and I will be providing more information on them as I go along.

 

 

Purpose of Site/Disclaimer

The purpose of this site is to encourage people with ongoing issues to educate and advocate for themselves medically. 

This purpose of this website is not to give medical advice. I am not qualified to do that. The information found in this website, whether provided by me or shared by a third party, is not intended to be used as a substitute for professional health care or other medical advice. You need to have a health care team that you are working with. You should not rely on the information found here to make decisions about your health or lifestyle without consulting a health professional.

Like most people with Endocrine system problems, my situation, symptoms and issues are different from yours. What has worked or not worked for me, will be different for you. That is the nature of endocrine disorders.

Ultimately, you need to work with and consult with your health care team. As well, you and your family will need to learn to advocate for yourselves. It's too easy to have your symptoms and problems brushed off. Learn to fight back in a professional way, meaning, leave your emotions at the door as much as possible. Yelling and screaming gets you ignored.

 

The Cushing’s Support and Research Foundation

The Cushing’s Support and Research Foundation was founded in 1995 to provide information and support to Cushing’s patients and their families.

Cushing’s syndrome and Cushing’s disease are caused by the excess production of the steroid hormone, cortisol. These relatively rare disorders can be physically and emotionally devastating to the patient. Most patients endure years of symptoms prior to obtaining a diagnosis and recovery often requires a substantial period of time.

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Endocrine System - Wikipedia

The endocrine system is the collection of glands of an organism that secrete hormones directly into the circulatory system to be carried towards distant target organs.

The major endocrine glands include the pineal gland, pituitary gland, pancreas, ovaries, testes, thyroid gland, parathyroid gland, and adrenal glands.

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Endocrine Disorders - WebMD

The endocrine system is a network of glands that produce and release hormones that help control many important body functions, including the body's ability to change calories into energy that powers cells and organs.

The endocrine system influences how your heart beats, how your bones and tissues grow, even your ability to make a baby. It plays a vital role in whether or not you develop diabetes, thyroid disease, growth disorders, sexual dysfunction, and a host of other hormone-related disorders.

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All Endocrine Disorders - Endocrine Web

A list and basic descriptions of Endocrine Disorders. 

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