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Post says even if 35 YO doesn't have acromegaly there could be a pituitary issue that causes them to grow several inches taller. What would that be?

Post says even if 35 YO doesn't have acromegaly there could be a pituitary issue that causes them to grow several inches taller. What would that be?

That would be a...: That would be a post to ignore. In the real world, grown people are already grown and don't start growing taller again. In the internet world, there are all sorts of "interesting" stories... but we live in the real world. ...Read more

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Does having a history of pituitary dwarfism (GH therapy x 2 years) predispose me to future pituitary issues? Several possible symptoms are rising.

Does having a history of pituitary dwarfism (GH therapy x 2 years) predispose me to future pituitary issues? Several possible symptoms are rising.

Yes: Early developmental pituitary problems may foreward of other later developing pituitary problems, since the gland has multiple functions across many organ system. You need to be followed by an Endocrinologist. ...Read more

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What pituitary issues, other than acromegaly, would cause height increase in 37 YO? No other symps but dizzy & tingling that neuro says from hern disk

What pituitary issues, other than acromegaly, would cause height increase in 37 YO? No other symps but dizzy & tingling that neuro says from hern disk

Nothing: Other than acromegaly could cause height increase in a 37 y.o. female. Your bones should have been LONG since fused. TIngling in extremities could be caused by that as well. You should probably get a second opinion. This is not to say you couldn't ALSO have a herniated disk! Good luck! ...Read more

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What normal or rare pituitary issues would cause 38 YO to grow taller--something other than acromegaly? Doctor visits, research coming up emptyhanded.

What normal or rare pituitary issues would cause 38 YO to grow taller--something other than acromegaly? Doctor visits, research coming up emptyhanded.

Taller: I have been an Endocrinologist since 1974 (still active) and have never seen any information causing you to grow taller at your age.
That said, if you truly think you are growing taller please see an Endocrinologist.

Please let me know what develops. ...Read more

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Is there a blood test that can diagnose PMDD or is there a physical reason for having PMDD such as thyroid or pituitary issues?

Is there a blood test that can diagnose PMDD or is there a physical reason for having PMDD such as thyroid or pituitary issues?

History : The diagnosis of premenstrual dysphoric disorder is made on history. A good history and physical and basic labs rules our comorbidities. It is very serious as it can ruin relationships / make you say or do things you will regret terribly. There are some good treatment options today. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have no hunger, no fever response, cold/heat intolerance, dysesthesias. Thyroid is normal. No thyroid antibody. Hapothalamus/pituitary issue?

I have no hunger, no fever response, cold/heat intolerance, dysesthesias.  Thyroid is normal. No thyroid antibody.  Hapothalamus/pituitary issue?

Endocrinologist: If you have not seen an endocrinologist, get in to see one. If you have already seen one and don't feel that all your answers have been met, see another one. ...Read more

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Could a low TSH (.28) & normal T3 (liothyronine) & T4 levels mean a Pituitary issue? Or is that more typical of hypothyroidism? Would high Chloride (111) effect it?

Could a low TSH (.28) & normal T3 (liothyronine) & T4 levels mean a Pituitary issue? Or is that more typical of hypothyroidism? Would high Chloride (111) effect it?

Means pituitary is: A TSH of 0.28 with normal free T4 and free T3 (liothyronine) likely means the pituitary is working properly. A TSH of 0.1-0.4 is lower than the reference range, which means about 2.5% of normal people have a TSH or 0.1-0.4. Thus, one hopes she is normal. Her endocrinologist can follow and recheck her levels in 4-6 weeks to confirm that her levels are stable (TSH not dropping lower; T4 or T3 (liothyronine) not above normal). ...Read more

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38 years old & my last period was Feb, pregnancy test was neg. I have also had headaches. What are causes of this? Could this be pituitary gland issue

38 years old & my last period was Feb, pregnancy test was neg. I have also had headaches. What are causes of this? Could this be pituitary gland issue

Irregular cycles: Best to get an evaluation done wherein hormonal blood work can be requested, and if normal will eliminate pituitary gland issue ...Read more

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High TSH 9.5, but normal T4 1.0. Mix of hypo and hyper symptoms. GP treating me as hypothyroid (Synthroid), but could I have a pituitary/other issue?

High TSH 9.5, but normal T4 1.0. Mix of hypo and hyper symptoms. GP treating me as hypothyroid (Synthroid), but could I have a pituitary/other issue?

Yes: Your question is VERY smart. It could be your pituitary- or other causes. Overall Endocrinologists handle this complex thyroid question, so you may want to see one.

Stay well ...Read more

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High tsh- 5.5. Normal free T3 (liothyronine) & t4. Also, normal total t3& t4. What causes this? Pituitary gland issue not thyroid?

High tsh- 5.5. Normal free T3 (liothyronine) & t4. Also, normal total t3& t4. What causes this? Pituitary gland issue not thyroid?

May be normal: All lab results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Your TSH is at the upper end of normal and may be normal for you. You may discuss the issue of repeating the test in a year or so. ...Read more

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How do you know if you will have a pituitary tumor or some issue with it where you end up growing VERY tall? It is one of my fears.

How do you know if you will have a pituitary tumor or some issue with it where you end up growing VERY tall? It is one of my fears.

Pituitary giant?: Hi. A growth hormone secreting pituitary tumor before/during puberty will cause growth of long bones and produce pituitary gigantism (as opposed to acromegaly after bone growth plate fusion). You don't state your age in your profile. Maybe you have pituitary gigantism. But maybe you just have an odd, irrational fear. See your doctor. Pituitary gigantism does not take a rocket scientist to diagnose ...Read more

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What is the pituitary?

Master gland: The pituitary is a gland that is about a centimeter in diameter that sits at the base of the brain in the anterior (front) cranial fossa. It is in the midline and surrounded on both sides by the carotid arteries. It is at the apex of the nasa passages. The pituitary gland is responsible for hormones that control growth, lactation, urine concentration, thyroid hormone release, sex hormone release. ...Read more

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What does a small pituitary mean?

Usually nothing: So long as pituitary function is normal, a small pituitary is of no clinical significance. ...Read more

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What causes the pituitary to malfunction?

Several things: Pituitary growth called adenomas or sheehans syndrome which occurs after a life threatening complication in childbirth. ...Read more

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Can people with pituitary gigantism work?

Can people with pituitary gigantism work?

Pituitary: The simple answer is yes but you must stay in constant touch with an Endocrinologist, a Neurologist, and a Neurology surgeon — in that order.
Wish you well and please keep me posted. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about glactorrhea or a pituitary glad disorder?

Can you tell me about glactorrhea or a pituitary glad disorder?

Galactorrhea: There are many causes of galactorrhea, and one is a pituitary adenoma (perhaps very small) that makes too much prolactin. Prolactin is the milk producing hormone that is naturally high post-partum. A prolactinoma often causes menstrual disturbances. Sometimes these tumors can get large (>10 mm). The treatment is usually medical, not surgical, using Cabergoline or bromocriptine. ...Read more

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If I would have a pituitary problem, resulting in added height after age 35, what other symptoms would I see other than just added inches in height?

Gigantism: F of unknown ethnicity, medical or medication history asks if adding height after age 35 due to pituitary. ANS: No. Not possible. Most likely an error in height measurement system or differences is shoe height. ...Read more

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How are the pituitary adenomas cured?

How are the pituitary adenomas cured?

Surgery: Surgery is the best treatment for pituitary adenomas unless it is one that produces prolactin, in which case, a pill (medication) might be able to shrink and control it. If it's small (< 1 cm) and is non-functioning, you might not need to do anything to it except follow it with imaging studies (MRI) to make sure it doesn't grow in the future. ...Read more

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What symptoms suggest pituitary disorders?

What symptoms suggest pituitary disorders?

3 catagories: Three types of symptoms can herald a pituitary tumor. Headache is common. Hormone problems are the second, including menstrual irregularities, loss of sex drive, intolerance to heat or cold, or changes in body shape. Vision problems are the third, as the pituitary is right next to the optic nerves. ...Read more

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Where are the pituitary glands in the body?

Where are the pituitary glands in the body?

Pituitary : It's sit in the center your brain, right behind the nose. You can google pituitary and see actual images to the gland. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a pituitary disorder?

How do I know if I have a pituitary disorder?

Complex gland: Hi. The pituitary is a complex gland, and often requires complex & provocative testing to assess. Some things are easier, like high prolactin, but some are tough. You're best to ask your doctor if you need a referral to an endocrinologist. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a tumor on the pituitary?

What are symptoms of a tumor on the pituitary?

Depends -type? Size?: Sometimes there are no symptoms especially if small and non functioning. If big — visual problems, headache. If functioning- depends on which is the many hormones the pituitary makes is over produced. ...Read more