January 31, 2009

Hypopituitarism – effects pituitary hormones …

Posted in RELATED: HORMONES tagged , , , , , , , at 5:28 am by PCOSLady

The Discovery Channel’s Mystery Diagnosis series
Reaired January 28, 2009
‘The girl who couldn’t wake up’
Her Story;


Hypopituitarism is often progressive. Although the signs and symptoms can occur suddenly, usually they tend to develop gradually. They are sometimes vague and subtle and may be overlooked for many months or even years.
Signs and symptoms of hypopituitarism vary, depending on which pituitary hormones are deficient.
The signs and symptoms may include:
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Low tolerance for stress
  • Muscle weakness
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Weight loss or gain
  • A decline in appetite
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Sensitivity to cold or difficulty staying warm
  • Visual disturbances
  • Loss of underarm and pubic hair
  • Joint stiffness
  • Hoarseness
  • Facial puffiness
  • Thirst and excess urination
  • Low blood pressure
  • Lightheadedness when standing
If you’re a man, you may also have signs and symptoms such as:
  • Loss of interest in sexual activity
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Decrease in facial or body hair
If you’re a woman, you may develop:
  • Irregular or no menstrual periods
  • Infertility
  • Inability to produce milk for breast-feeding
Children may experience:
  • Stunted growth
  • Short stature
  • Slowed sexual development
When to see a doctor
If you develop signs and symptoms associated with hypopituitarism, see your doctor to determine the cause.
Also, if certain signs or symptoms of hypopituitarism develop suddenly — a severe headache or visual disturbances, confusion, or a drop in blood pressure — contact your doctor immediately. Such symptoms could represent sudden bleeding into the pituitary (pituitary apoplexy), which requires prompt medical attention.


Follow Mayo Clinic link for complete information….
My husband has suffered most all of the 1st list of symptoms all his life… Of late they have progressed aggressively… Doctors and hospitals have never found this diagnosis…
I caught it watching Mystery Diagnosis and researched it on the net….
He felt totally relieved when i read him the symptoms to have found a diagnosis fitting his symptoms like a glove…
Note:   Some symptoms overlap those of PCOS … They are both hormone disorders…. Women and men are effected differently and treatment varies for each person…
Resources:    www.Hormone.org ….  www.Pituitary.org

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