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Possible Cushing's or diabetes - what do I do now?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 22, 2013 at 7:49 AM

I am writing this question out of desperation, because I really don't know what to do now. I went to see my doctor yesterday and she confirmed my suspicions - it is very likely that I have Cushing's (or diabetes). My only question is why so many trained professionals missed it. I wasted so much time on all the complications that I got as a result of it.

After reading tons of articles this makes so much sense to me - I had all those weird food intolerances, digestive issues, incurable chronic gastritis and so much more. This also explains all my other various other ailments but does not provide any help.

Of course, I would need to go for further testing and this is exactly what I am going to do next week, but right now I am kind of scared.

Thank you.

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on August 26, 2013
at 07:31 AM

Dear Sabertooth, thank you so much for all your input. It looks that I might have something else, not Cushing's. I am scheduled for testing this week, will know for sure by the end of the week. Thanks for all your comments anyway, I really really appreciate all of them!

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on August 26, 2013
at 01:14 AM

Very solid, good answer. Mental/rest very much affect life to a large extent. Protecting treasures - happiness, and being careful not to push too hard with excercise, work, research, etc., on the body - is always a good place to start. Best wishes!

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on August 26, 2013
at 01:10 AM

--referencing is that health should improve as one gets older, rather than being bright and strong for awhile (usually 30's-40's), then burn out. "The 90-year-old man who still moves like he was 40/looks younger than he is" is one such ideal. //// (Looking at Wikipedia, it appears that kung fu/gongfu can also reference hard styles, or at least Shaolin, so unsure about that... but I had meant to reference "soft"/"internal" styles.)

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on August 26, 2013
at 01:06 AM

Gongfu ("Kung fu") - as I was using it - refers to "soft" internal martial arts, typically with a Daoist philosophy. There are many styles -- taichi, mantis, wing chun, various qigong.... It contrasts with "hard" styles, such as karate, tai quan do, muay thai, and shaolin, which are generally of Buddhist philosophy. The main emphasis is on a long-term building of internal health (especially the organs), as opposed to a building of external strength at the cost of internal (e.g. hard kicks, hard bones, via kicking a tree 1,000x/day). One common goal/ideal with internal styles which I was--

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on August 22, 2013
at 12:28 PM

I hope I will survive ... somehow. Thanks :)

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on August 22, 2013
at 12:19 PM

*hugs and hugs and hugs*

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on August 22, 2013
at 12:18 PM

Thank you for your kind words. They are very inspiring.

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on August 22, 2013
at 09:23 AM

Could you please tell me what is gongfu? It is a fighting style, right?

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on August 22, 2013
at 09:23 AM

Could you please tell me what is gongfu? It says on the website it is some kind of tea. Is that correct?

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on August 22, 2013
at 09:19 AM

I am against surgery if possible, but I know traditional medicine too well. I don't know the origin yet because I need to be tested further. If you know how to recover my adrenals, PLEASE GIVE me any links. THANK YOU for everything, you are very very helpful.

1f9b52f29960095986234231d91e1967

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on August 22, 2013
at 08:37 AM

Apologies, after looking in more detail -- is it pituitary, adrenal, or something else (other tumor, other cause) in origin? (I.e. What would the surgery do? I have certainly heard of recovering thyroid function through training, or potentially adrenals, in other "incurable" autoimmune conditions, but not when the organ was actually removed.)

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on August 22, 2013
at 08:19 AM

6-36 months (or even likely immediate noticeable changes, like Paleo, again depending on quality, & strictness & understanding of the human being practicing it). This is based on my purely limited n=some observations. // I will be sure to return if there are more things which come up in the coming days/weeks of my research. Joy, and best. // // -Sabertooth

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on August 22, 2013
at 08:15 AM

6-36 months (or even likely immediate noticeable changes, like Paleo, again depending on quality/strictness & understanding of the human being practicing it). This is based on my purely limited n=some observations. // I will be sure to return if there are more things which come up in the coming days/weeks of my research. Joy, and best. // // -Sabertooth

1f9b52f29960095986234231d91e1967

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on August 22, 2013
at 08:12 AM

think of involve tai chi/kung fu/chi gong (perhaps your other post re: herbs/Chinese medicine reminded me of/sparked this) ; it seems to help with nearly everything health/vitality related but (as with many things) has to be high-quality. It is potentially quite diluted most everywhere. ...that said, if you find high-quality gongfu, it is to receiving Chinese medicine/herbs what knowing how to fish is to having some fish. Unsure for sure how much it could relieve Cushing's, but it would almost certainly make a large impact if you could find it/train cautiously but consciously/consistently for

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on August 22, 2013
at 08:02 AM

Hmmm. Best of luck. My thoughts are -- research carefully, mitigate any daily life problems, minimize complication/mortality risks, and either aggressively pursue innovating/pushing things in the world towards/hope for - a cure. My apologies that I have no specific information, although autoimmune disease now fascinates me all the more. // // // Of all the posters on PaleoHacks, you have been perhaps the most incisive, well-directed poster I've seen. And if others echo that, you'd always likely be welcome here, and on any other more forum-style Paleo venues. // Only other things I could

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on August 22, 2013
at 12:00 PM

I've spent the last couple of years building my adrenals back up--I will throw out the more simple aspects of what I tried.

REST. REST. REST. Just do it. Sleep as long as you can, nap whenever possible, and eliminate as many stressors as you can (including toxic relationships). Anything that you can do that is peaceful is good: yoga, deep breathing, singing, warm baths, etc.

Any exercise needs to be gentle. If you push yourself at all, you'll pay for it.

Minerals are crucial--I recovered from autoimmune thyroid disease using mineral balancing, but it does require a lot of research and following your instincts. Read everything you can--autoimmune can be counterintuitive. I'd start with researching magnesium.

Stay positive and hopeful. Your mind creates your reality to a large extent. Be very kind to yourself while you recover...it does take a while, but I fully believe it's possible.

All the best to you!

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on August 22, 2013
at 12:18 PM

Thank you for your kind words. They are very inspiring.

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on August 26, 2013
at 01:14 AM

Very solid, good answer. Mental/rest very much affect life to a large extent. Protecting treasures - happiness, and being careful not to push too hard with excercise, work, research, etc., on the body - is always a good place to start. Best wishes!

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on August 30, 2013
at 06:47 AM

UPDATE: I did not have a test for my cortisol yet, but I did get back the results from my insulin/glucose testing. It looks like I have hyperinsulinemia, not Cushing's. I react to carbs almost instantly and I was put on metformin. That is helping - so this is at least one piece of a puzzle.

The bad thing is my endocrinologist wants me to have bread (yes, it is not my imagination - she told me to have bread with bran with it!) and whole grains. Sigh. Yet another question for Paleohacks.

Thanks, Beth, Sabertooth and Varelse for your kind words and understanding - I know it is going to be okay.

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