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Oct 12, 2006
I really couldn't find anywhere else to post this so if there's a better place to put this, please let me know.

I have a tumor in my Pituatary Gland. I had one contrast MRI in November of 2005 and that's when they found it. I had originally went in for lactating for no reason, then they checked my Prolactin levels which were abnormally high. That lead to the MRI. At that time it was 4mm.

My Endocrinologist sent me to get another contrast MRI in Feb. and it was still 4 mm. My Endocrinologist said before my MRI that if it didn't grow, my next one would be in a year. He also told me that because it was so small, that no neurosurgeon in their right mind would remove it until it was 8mm.
My prolactin level eventually went back to normal on it's own.

My questions are: Can it grow even though it hadn't in those 3 months? Just because it's 4mm, why wouldn't they remove it? Are they afraid that they could damage my brain?

I believe it could've been sooner detected if my first Psychiatrist was in his right mind and ordered an MRI INSTEAD of a CT scan to make sure no tumors were the cause of my depression or hallucinations or things like that.
Re: Tumor
Jul 13, 2008
I too am scheduled fo a MRI w/ contrast for a pituatary tumer, the plain MRI showed nothing, for I lactate from my left breast and have had 5 breast surgeries due to milk building up in the ducts. every time they do my prolactin test it comes out normal, but I suffer from severe breast pain. I have had MRI's, mammograms, ultrasounds of the breast and everything comes up normal so this is the next step.

What meds are you on to stop the lactation, for my doctors tell me that there isn't any, or that they have stopped using them due to bad side effects.

Also, have you had your thyroid panels done ? They play a key role in your hormones and your pituatary, especially your adrenal glands. They found a left adrenal ademadoma on mine which plays a be part with your cortisol levels. Have they been tested ? Get your doctor to run a 24 hour cortisol test to see what your levels are, if your levels are too high or too low then theres other issues then just the tumur. Take charge of your health don't let the doctor take charge of you.

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