I'm being tested for an adrenal gland tumor

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Try to relax! I know – easier said than done – but maybe a massage or a nice warm bath?

Have you ever looked into meditation? I know it sounds hokey, but I’ve started doing deep breathing while I wash my hands after using the restrooms, or while waiting for my car to warm up. It’s only a few seconds at a time but it really makes me feel calmer.

The other thing I am going to suggest is to consider getting a second opinion. Preferably from an endocrinologist, particularly about the adrenal thing. It’s weird to have a doctor say “oh you might have this rare thing I just need to check” like, what is she HOPING you have it??
I dunno, FI’s old doctor precribed him a bunch of crap when he was getting headaches – muscle relaxants and serious painkillers – and he got a second opinion from a neurologist which put his anxiety at east (which, ironically, was causing the headaches)

I know you just wanted to vent! I am a notorious unsoliceted advice-giver, sorrryyyy 🙁
I hope you feel better!!!

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

They tested me for this also, try not to be too freaked out about it. It is rare, and it’s usually not a huge deal even if you do have it. In most cases I believe it can be removed laparoscopicly (is that a word? haha).

I take a alpha + beta blocker for my hypertension as well.

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Long story….I ended up in the ER in hypertensive crisis (BP 220/120 and feeling very sick) so I’m very atypical for someone with hypertension (most people don’t have symptoms). They thought at first it was the adrenal gland tumor, then fibromuscular dysplasia, then Mayo clinic said I had some ridiculously rare disease, and then they later decided in panel that it was just “artifact” on the CT scan. So I’m apparently just run of the mill hypertension with a very unusual presentation, lol.

White coat syndrome can be an indicator for developing hypertension, so I think your doctor is doing the right thing by checking things out. It is possible that when you have a lot of anxiety your blood pressure is going up and contributing to the chest pains. Do you check your BP/pulse at home?

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@BakerBee16:  to be honest. I’m not a medical professional but I don’t think you have that adrenal disorder or tumor. I have had all of what you mentioned above. 

I have really bad health anxiety. My HR can get crazy high. My BP skyrockets at the doctors and is 109/70 At home with a HR of 75. 

at the doctora I become dizzy, faint feeling, shakey, my hr and palpitations go crazy and I get pressure in my chest and throat, my HR goes beyond 130 and my BP above 140/90. 

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

This is all normal and quite frankly I think your doctor is going overboard.  ive had an echo cardio, echo stress test, holter monitor or 24 hrs, event monitor (EKG holter) for 14 days. Etc etc.  I was never told i ha problems.  My palpitations and skipped beats are benign and an annoyance and get aggrivated the more I think about them.  The key is to honestly relax and accept that you’re healthy (once general testing is done). knowing you have anxiety I’m surprised she jumped to adrenal tumor. 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@BakerBee16:  I was also tested for pheocromocytoma. Scared the crap out of me! But it’s super rare. I really think it’s honestly just to rule it out more than anything. I have borderline high BP. My doc was trying to figure out why it gets high occaisionally. He even had me get a scan to check for renal artery stenosis. Every test came back normal. My advice is just to take some deep breaths. 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@BakerBee16:  My mom gets that.. it’s called White Coat Syndrome.
For her, she doesn’t want to “fail” the tests so she gets super nervous – it’s really cute to hear her talking about it, like she’s still in grade school!
But her blood pressure goes UP at the office, and she checks it regularly at home where it’s pretty normal. (Mine goes up at the office too, but only if I’m running late – I hate being late)

I’m not trying to make you nervous (by no means!) but I had an allergic reaction to an antidepressant years ago (very attractive red hives all over my body – and it was summer, too! Blah). The prescribing Dr. saw the hives but didn’t make the connection until I stopped the Rx on my own (which was hard). Since then, I try to find ways to lessen my OCD/anxiety without medication before I consider bringing an Rx into the mix (so far I’ve been doing fairly well).
HOWEVER, I think that some people really benefit from antidpressents! I did, once I found the right prescription for me (but then it gave me hives lol). I am not anti-meds at all.
That’s part of the reason why I suggested the meditation/deep breathing, and I actually really recommend starting to try it when you wash your hands. Ingraining it into something that’s already a habit really helps to get it set into your routine. (plus, I don’t know about you, but I tend to not think too much when I wash my hands). I’ve been doing it for a few months and sometimes when I get anxious now, I find myself wanting to take a few minutes to do some deep breathing, so it’s working pretty well for me.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@CakeyP:  Thats actually an amazing way to put it that I didnt really think.  i am definitely trying not to “fail” all vital testing at the most ordinary doc Appts

 

at the doctors I will watch carefully the facial expressions while they take my vitALS. (iPhone is crazy right now, sorry I can’t fix everything that looks whacko)

 

i become so in tune with my body that I drive myself crazy ! It’s awful.  What I found helpful was buying a BP monitor. I check it before the doctor and give them the reading. Ive also brought my monitor in to physicals to give them an idea of what it’s been. i have never been misdiagnose with hypertension even though it’s usually high at the docs.  

 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

She’s doing her job and ruling out any possibilities, as rare as they might be. Have you tried seeing a psychologist/psychiatrist? Unfortunately, sometimes the symptoms for a common condition, like anxiety, are really similar to an extremely rare condition, like what your doctor is testing you for. It sounds like anxiety to me, but your doctor is doing her job by trying to make sure that it isn’t something different. I’m not sure I would take a beta-blocker without knowing if your symptoms can be controlled by an anti-depressant/anxiolytic combo, but I’m not your doctor. If you think all of this could be psychologically related, I’d try to see a specialist.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@BellaDee:  My mom told me she does the same thing – watch their faces. What makes it even worse for her is that she used to be a nurse, so she KNOWS all the levels these tests are supposed to be at.

She told me she tried to “study” for her medical tests sometimes just to help her feel better about them, which I told her is cheating (and ridiculous).

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