Hypopituitarism

Hypopituitarism is a condition in which the pituitary gland does not produce normal amounts of some or all of its hormones . An overproduction of male hormones can come from two different places: either your pituitary gland or your adrenal gland. A pituitary gland problem can cause the imbalance or it could be genetic. I've heard of Lyme affecting the pituitary gland which affects hormones, not sure if there is a link there or not. then having an MRI or CT of the pituitary gland to ensure a pituitary tumor is not causing the problem It works on the pituitary gland and indirectly increases progesterone. Whiplash could have damaged pituitary gland---causing other problems that manifest as sleep problems.
Overview
Abdominal painCessation of menstrual periods -LRB- in women -RRB- Decreased appetiteDecreased sexual interest -LRB- in men -RRB- Failure to release milk -LRB- in women -RRB- FatigueHeadacheInfertility -LRB- in women -RRB- Lack of sex drive -LRB- in women -RRB- Loss of armpit or pubic hairLoss of body or facial hair -LRB- in men -RRB- Low blood pressureSensitivity to coldShort stature -LRB- less than 5 feet -RRB- if onset is during a growth periodSlowed growth and sexual development -LRB- in children -RRB- Visual disturbancesWeaknessWeight lossNote : Symptoms may develop slowly and may vary greatly , depending upon : The number of lacking hormones and their target organsThe severity of the disorderOther symptoms that may occur with this disease : Facial swellingHair lossHoarseness or changing voiceJoint stiffnessWeight gain -LRB- unintentional -RRB-
Symptoms
If hypopituitarism is caused by a tumor , you may need surgery to remove the tumor , with or without radiation therapy . It can be caused by a benign tumor of the pituitary gland (below the brain) or by a benign tumor in the adrenal gland. You might also consider an MRI for a pituitary tumor (though you don't have to have a tumor to have the symptoms if your pituitary has simply stopped functioning). Many doctors disagree on whether a pituitary tumor is considered a brain tumor. It is often necessary to replace hormones that are lacking , even after successful treatment of a pituitary tumor.Hormone therapy is needed to replace hormones that are no longer made by organs under the control of the pituitary gland . I just went to an Endo. today for thyroid related issues and he thinks I may have something wrong with my pituitary gland. These may include : Corticosteroids -LRB- cortisol -RRB- Growth hormoneSex hormones -LRB- testosterone for men and estrogen for women -RRB- Thyroid hormoneDrugs are also available to treat related infertility in men and women .
Treatment
The pituitary gland is a small structure that is located just below the brain . The growth hormone is produced by the pituitary gland, located at the base of the brain. It is attached by a stalk to the hypothalamus , the area of the brain that controls its function.The hormones released by the pituitary gland -LRB- and their functions -RRB- are : Adrenocorticotropic hormone -LRB- ACTH -RRB- -- stimulates the adrenal gland to release cortisol ; cortisol helps to maintain blood pressure and blood sugarAntidiuretic hormone -LRB- ADH -RRB- -- controls water loss by the kidneysFollicle stimulating hormone -LRB- FSH -RRB- -- controls sexual function and fertility in males and femalesGrowth hormone -LRB- GH -RRB- -- stimulates growth of tissues and boneLuteinizing hormone -LRB- LH -RRB- -- controls sexual function and fertility in males and femalesOxytocin -- stimulates the uterus to contract during labor and the breasts to release milkProlactin -- stimulates female breast development and milk productionThyroid stimulating hormone -LRB- TSH -RRB- -- stimulates the thyroid gland to release hormones that affect the body 's metabolismIn hypopituitarism , there is a lack of one or more pituitary hormones . Lack of the hormone leads to loss of function in the gland or organ that it controls . For example , no TSH leads to loss of function in the thyroid gland.Hypopituitarism may be caused by : Brain surgeryBrain tumorHead traumaInfections of the brain and the tissues that support the brainRadiationStrokeSubarachnoid hemorrhage -LRB- from a burst aneurysm -RRB- Tumors of the pituitary gland or hypothalamusOccasionally , hypopituitarism is due to uncommon immune system or metabolic diseases , such as : HemochromatosisHistiocytosis XSarcoidosisHypopituitarism is also a rare complication after pregnancy , a condition called Sheehan 's syndrome . This is not a malignant (cancerous) tumor but it often interferes with normal pituitary function causing hypopituitarism (loss of pituitary function) or cause headache or loss of vision.
Causes
To diagnose hypopituitarism , there must be low hormone levels due to a problem with the pituitary gland . When your dr. tests you, he will almost positively check your TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) that comes from your pituitary gland to your thyroid. This gland is called the pituitary gland, and it is responsible for making Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) and Luteinizing Hormone (LH). I had all of my pituitary hormone levels checked, including FSH, LH, TSH, ACTH and IGF-1 in conjunction with estrogen, testosterone, free T4 and T3 and cortisol levels. If you are not on the pill, then towards the end of your period (around day 6), the pituitary gland releases a small amount of FSH and LH. The diagnosis must also rule out diseases of the organ that is affected by this hormone.Tests include : Brain CT scanPituitary MRISerum ACTHSerum cortisolSerum estradiol -LRB- estrogen -RRB- Serum follicle stimulating hormone -LRB- FSH -RRB- Serum insulin - like growth factor 1 -LRB- IGF - 1 -RRB- Serum luteinizing hormone -LRB- LH -RRB- Serum testosterone levelSerum thyroid stimulating hormone -LRB- TSH -RRB- Thyroid hormone -LRB- T4 -RRB- Levels of a pituitary hormone may be high in the bloodstream if you have a pituitary tumor that is producing too much of that hormone . The tumor may crush the rest of the cells of the pituitary , leading to low levels of other hormones .
Tests & diagnosis
Hypopituitarism is usually permanent and requires lifelong treatment . However , you can expect a normal life span .
Prognosis
In most cases , the disorder is not preventable . Awareness of risk may allow early diagnosis and treatment .
Prevention
Side effects of drug therapy can develop . In severe illness , failing to take extra corticosteroids can be life - threatening .
Complications
Call your health care provider if you develop symptoms of hypopituitarism . One further question for you - do you know if there is a way to tell if hypopituitarism is congenital or not? I said I brought a list of symptoms I've been having that the opthamologist thought were pituitary symptoms. --He never looked at the list.

Other Discussions
High Prob. Terms:
pituitary adrenal thyroid cortisol hypothalamus glands production secondary adrenals acth insufficiency
Your adrenal insufficiency can be linked to your thyroid problems if you have a problem with your pituitary gland -- hypopituitarism.
The endocrine glands include the thyroid, parathyroid, pancreas, ovaries, testes, adrenal, pituitary and hypothalamus.
Cushing’s: The term “Cushing’s Disease” refers to the overproduction of cortisol by the adrenal glands caused by a pituitary tumor producing an excessive amount of the pituitary hormone, ACTH.
Tyrosine also aids in the production of melanin (pigment responsible for hair and skin color) and in the function of organs in the body responsible for making and regulating hormones, including the adrenal, thryroid, and pituitary glands.
If an ACTH test determines the adrenals are functioning, then the problem is either your hypothalamus, which drives the pituitary, or your pituitary, which drives the adrenals.

High Prob. Terms:
pituitary mri prolactin endocrine tumors acth adenoma cushing benign hypothalamic produces
The MRI came back clear with the exception that my Pituitary gland is slightly enlarged so i have to have an MRI scan on my pituitary gland to make sure ewverything is ok, Has anyone ever heard of this before
With this type of Cushing's there is a benign tumor (adenoma) that secretes either excess ACTH (pituitary stimulus for cortisol release) or excess cortisol (directly from the adrenal gland) BUT only episodically.
Well, due to the other issues with my endocrine system (ie, pituitary adenoma and a pineal cyst in my brain) I was not happy with the wait and see approach.
I myself have an acth-secreting pituitary tumor.
Dostinex was primarily invented for the purpose of lowering prolactin in patients with a pituitary tumors and other prolactin related conditions.