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Withdrawal induced Cushing's Disease?


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SSRIs messed with my hormones from the get go (skyrocketed prolactin within a month of starting, signs of hypothyroidism), and within the past month or two of WD I've noticed a lot of hypercortisolism/Cushing's disease symptoms (a rare condition often caused by a pituitary tumor).


Buffalo hump between the shoulders

Purple stretch marks under arms/on thighs

Pronounced rounding of the face

Mid section weight gain

Increased hair growth all over the body

Muscle weakness/pain especially in legs

Things like excessive fatigue, sweating, hunger, acne, swelling of extremities have been constant all through WD


Going to pursue this with my doc, although my guess is I have pseudo-Cushings induced by the SSRI WD. 


Thoughts? Are there any other stories of WD induced Cushings? It seems high cortisol is common in WD, but to this extent?

4/24/16: 20 mg citalopram

8/1/16: 15 mg

8/22/16: 10 mg

9/16/16: reinstated to 12 mg

12/1/16: 11 mg

2/20/17: 10 mg

11/20/17: CT, med free

1/18/18: began regimen (keto, synthroid, supps, etc.)

11/21/18: off keto, lowered synthroid, began exercise

2/07/19: off synthroid/all supps

4/15/19: began tirosint (clean version of synthroid, with less side effects)

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Yes, withdrawal can often induce a kind of pseudo-cushing's disease. You might find this thread interesting:  http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/1147-high-cortisol-and-ssris/

I'm not a doctor.  My comments are not medical advise. These are my opinions based on my own experience and what I've learned. Please discuss your situation with a medical practitioner who has knowledge of tapering and withdrawal...if you are lucky enough to find one.

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