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New medication?

I had my followup appointment with my endocrinologist today.  It went MUCH better than I was expecting.  I thought I would go in, have her tell me to do more tests, and we'll wait to see what the tests show.  Instead, I will be having consults with a radiation oncologist and an adrenal surgeon so I can weigh my options, I scheduled another MRI to check to see if we can see any more tumor, and I was prescribed a new medication that might help while we wait.  The medication is usually used to treat prolactinomas, which are also pituitary tumors but instead of secreting ACTH like mine, they secrete prolactin, which causes irregular periods, infertility, and lactation.  My doctor has had 2 patients with Cushing's on this medication and one saw great results from it.  It has very few side effects and I only have to take it 3 times a week, but the one (pretty big) side effect I have to watch for is any change in my depression status.

One of my biggest struggles with Cushing's ha…