A Second Wind

From the Cushing’s Blogging Challenge: “Hydrocortisone (HC) is synthetic cortisol, a substance I have a love-hate relationship with after Cushing’s. After getting out of the hospital about a month ago and starting an HC regime at home to try and keep the “carcinoid syndrome” symptoms (if that’s what they are) – breathing trouble, flushing, coughing – under control I was starting to feel like I was getting Cushing’s again….”

a tale of two tumors

After struggling for breath for the last couple of months, I am finally getting some serious relief from a combination of hydrocortisone and Zyrtec.  Hydrocortisone (HC) is synthetic cortisol, a substance I have a love-hate relationship with after Cushing’s.  After getting out of the hospital about a month ago and starting an HC regime at home to try and keep the “carcinoid syndrome” symptoms (if that’s what they are) – breathing trouble, flushing, coughing – under control I was starting to feel like I was getting Cushing’s again. I started to get puffy, my buffalo hump started coming back and I started breaking out in acne again.  Been there, done that, don’t want to do it again.  I wanted to get off the HC as quickly as possible, but was facing the choice of living with the unpleasant side effects of the steroids or not being able to talk or…

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