Monday, June 14, 2010

Adrenal Crisis Letter

When multiple pituitary surgeries fail to resolve the symptoms, Cushing's patients often have to move forward by having an operation to remove their adrenal glands--the maker of cortisol. They must carry around an adrenal crisis letter explaining their condition with them at all times. This will notify medical professionals about the care that is required for us. Often, a person in adrenal crisis can not think clearly or advocate for themselves. Adrenal insufficiency or adrenal crisis is very serious. It requires a trip to the emergency room for immediate care.



Thanks to you, Robin, for sharing this information on your 365 Days with Cushing's blog. We wish you the best for your upcoming bilateral adrenalectomy (BLA).

~Melissa

COOL DIAGRAM & DOCTORS SHARE WHAT THEY KNOW WITH PATIENTS

Hi everyone.

I have been doing a lot of research online, and I want to share some of my findings. With a disease this complex, there is always more to learn.

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National Adrenal Disease Foundation has the best diagram that I have seen to explain the relationship between the pituitary and the adrenal glands.


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The Swedish Neuroendocrine Institute's Pituitary Center in Seattle, Washington has held several conferences recently that are particularly important to pituitary patients. I applaud their efforts, and I am thrilled that they have posted videos of the conferences' presentations online. These very professional videos show the speaker at the podium in a smaller screen and the presentation up close, enabling us to read the "slides" as they present them. WOW--see the speaker and the screen! This makes my day!

It is also refreshing to finally listen in, like a fly on the wall, to many different physicians talking about a disease you have. We typically only see our ONE doctor about our disease. Seeing multiple doctors with in depth knowledge wraps the patients in warmth and comfort like a warm blanket. We need that.

While patients, family, and friends are obvious beneficiaries of these efforts, the real change in medical care will come when physicians see these videos. General practitioners, internal medicine, and ob/gyn doctors often see Cushing's patients first, and many don't realize what they are seeing.  Many patients walk first into their local doctors, who may only see an occasional pituitary patient, for help. Unfortunately, these local doctors are often confused about testing, diagnosis, and especially treatment plans, which is not too hard to understand since they only read about Cushing's in one "rare disease" chapter during medical school. Therefore, this online effort will give doctors a chance to learn from experts, and this will undoubtedly improve the road for pituitary patients.

I want to thank the SNIPC for sharing this helpful information with all of us.


A Patient's Road Map to the World of Pituitary Disorders, 2010.

Pituitary Symposium (Patient Presentations), 2009

Seattle Pituitary Center Patient Education Day, 2009

Physician Conference: Advances in Cushing's, 2009

You will find direct links to these presentations, as well as many important others, on this link.


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That's all for now. See you next time.
~Melissa