Pituitary Problems

Updated on February 13, 2008
E.W. asks from Winston Salem, NC
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Does any one else have problems with their pituitary gland. I was told I had a pit. tumar in Nov and just looking for support from others that may have the same issues.

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M.W.

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Which one of you has the pituitary tumor? I have one and am wondering what issues you are having.

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A.C.

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I can tell you that I've never experienced pituitary problems before. I have however, worked for an Endocrinologists. I know that you want to resolve the problem before it gets worse. I have seen pituitary problems cause a whole slew of emotional symptoms that range from the extreme (rage, depression) to pretty minor (anxiety,) but they affect the person's everyday life and it needs to be treated. I hope you are already seeing an Endocrinologists that has referred you to surgeon or has recommended some other form of treatment. If you have minor symptoms now you should take care of it quickly and as agressivly as you can, if your doctor recommends this type of action. All in all, it is a treatable condition once you figure out you have it.

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S.D.

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Six years ago, I had a tumor on my thyroid gland. The endocrinologist sent me to a surgeon who removed the tumor. Last year, I had two tumors on my thyroid gland. The endocrinologist sent me to a surgeon who removed my thyroid gland. I told my surgeon, “You take good care of me. I have a husband who doesn’t want to raise 4 kids alone and I have a two-year-old who isn’t old enough to remember his momma if I die.” Fortunately, none of the three tumors were malignant. I take medication every day to replace the thyroid hormone that is no longer produced by my body.

My brother is a surgeon. He sent me to the best endocrinologist in town and the endocrinologist sent me to the best thyroid surgeon in town. My suggestion to you would be to talk to a doctor—a family member or family friend who is a doctor would be the best. If you don’t have a family member or a friend who is a doctor, talk to your primary care physician and your OB/GYN. Ask them both who the best endocrinologist is in town. Get a referral to that person. Follow the doctor’s orders.

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K.S.

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I am so sorry. That said, I am guessing that it is benign. My father was Dx with one when he was about 58, and lived to 85. Lots of medication, but it can be managed.

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E.H.

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Both my mother and sister have a pituitary tumor. But, they do pretty good keeping it under control. Their bodies go a little crazy sometimes and it's scary to hear what could happen if they don't take care of themselves. So far they've done well with keeping up with meds and doctors appointments. Hang in there and take care of yourself first!

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C.C.

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I was diagnosed in 1988 with a pitutary adenoma. It was pressing on my optical nerve and was told without surgery I would lose my vision. No brainer for me...had the surgery. It was benign as most pituatary adenomas are usually. I have a prolactin test on a yearly basis to ensure another one has not cropped up. They were able to enter through the nose and sinus cavity which resulted in less recovery time and I did not have to have my hair shaved in the area of where an incision would be. All surgeries have risk obviously but all in all don't wait.

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C. C.

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