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Are There Any Medications I Should Avoid If I Have Pheochromocytoma
Yes: Monoamino oxidase inhibitors, aged cheeses, decongestants, Cocaine and its derivatives to include some. ...Read more
A tumor of the adrenal gland. The adrenal glands are small organs that sit above the kidneys and secrete important hormones that are responsible for maintain body fluid and electrolyte levels and helps people respond to stress. A pheochromocytoma can cause the release of too much stress hormone such as epinephrine, leading to periodic increases in blood pressure, flushing, and ...Read more
What should avoid to do or eat or anything to reduce the possibility of a pheochromocytoma attack if I am untreated yet with medication?
Pheochromocytoma: This is a deadly disease and I specialize in it and happy to help you and team get it right by doing a 2nd opinion. Don't mess with it. ...Read more
Talk to your doctor.: Those are both serious conditions. You should talk to your doctor before taking anything. You should probably see an endocrinologist. ...Read more
I am on several medications throughout the day for severe high blood pressure due to a pheochromocytoma. What can I do about extreme fatigue?
Wow: Hi. Has the pheo been resected yet? If not, your docs should be actively preparing for that. Is it on only one adrenal gland or on both, or haven't they determined that yet. Some of the BP meds before surgery can cause fatigue, dizziness, etc. Your BP regimen should get easier after successful surgery, allowing you to reduce/eliminate some BP drugs, which may help your fatigue. Best of luck! ...Read more
See below: Pheochromocytoma is a tumor of the adrenal gland. These tumors release chemicals called catecholamines which can cause high blood pressure, headaches, sweating and palpitations and rapid heart beat. The condition sometimes runs in families. The tumor can be diagnosed with urine measurements of the catecholamines. Most tumors are benign and are cured by surgical removal. ...Read more
Hormone release: Pheochromocytoma (PCC) is a rare tumor of adrenal gland tissue. When functional they cause adrenal glands to make too much norepinephrine and epinephrine. With hormone release there are usually has three classic symptoms, headache, sweating, and heart palpitations in association with hypertension. Other conditions that can arise are anxiety, nausea, profound sweating and severe headaches : ...Read more
Pheochromocytoma: There are whole books written about the symptoms of pheochromocytoma. Classics are hypertension, headache, hyper metabolism, hyperhidrosis, and hyper heart rate. Some will have cafe-au-lait spots. Some will have neurofibromatosis. You can google these images and see if you have them. This is a deadly disease that I specialize in and happy to do 2nd opinion to help you and your team. ...Read more
Rare but deadly: Prognosis depends on how it's treated. Please find a team of physicians who are familiar and comfortable taking care of this problem: surgeon, anesthesiologist, endocrinologist. ...Read more
Symptoms of norepine: Most pheochomocytomas are small and under 10 cm. Occassionally they reach very large sizes growing into adjacent organs like liver. Initially symptoms are frequently not present or are very mild like sweating or rapid pulse. When full outpouring of nor epinephrine and related products are produced blood pressure may bet out of control. ...Read more
Team approach: This is a rare but dangerous condition. Make sure the diagnosis was made correctly. You should already have an endocrinologist on the team. Choose a surgeon who has experience in doing these surgeries and make sure the anesthesiologist is also experienced with this surgery as well. Good luck. ...Read more
The following are commonly seen with pheo:
sustained or periodic elevation of BP in 85%
headache in 90%
generalized sweating 60%
most patients do not have all three and there is a general trend to finding these tumors earlier and smaller therefore less symptomatic than the the pheos of yesteryear. ...Read more
For surgery: When it is time to have the tumor removed, some of these surgeries are done by urologists and others are done by general surgeons or endocrine-specific surgeons. ...Read more
Pheo: This is a rare but dangerous condition. Make sure the diagnosis was made correctly. You should already have an endocrinologist on the team if you were diagnose with this. Differential diagnosis include: drug side effects (legal and illegal), drug withdrawal (legal or illegal), carcinoids, hyperthyroidism, macrocytosis, insulinoma, panic attacks, labile essential hypertension, anxiety disorders... ...Read more
Pheochromocytoma: It is a very rare cause of HTN. I specialize in difficult HTN a common problem in pheo. I have only seen 12 cases in 55 years. Happy to do 2nd opinion to provide more help. ...Read more
Yes: This is a tumor of the adrenal gland or sympathetic nervous system that causes overproduction of certain hormones. Exertion can increase the out put of catecholamines from the tumor and increase your blood pressure, cause irregular heart rhythms, etc. You should be on medication to control blood pressure. Have you seen a specialist? You will need surgery to remove the tumor that causes this. ...Read more
Pheo: Yes. A pheochromocytoma can cause a very high spike in blood pressure, which can cause a TIA (transient ischemic attack), or a mini-stroke, or a major stroke, or a heart attack, etc. It can be very dangerous. A pheo is a rather rare disorder, but if you have it, you need attention right away. ...Read more
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