|Update April 2013: What happened after? I took cabergoline to reduce its size from Jan. 2010 to July 2011. Though I had to get off cabergoline so I could breastfeed. But the tumor still continued to shrink after I had gotten off drugs luckily (early 2012). I have completely normal prolactin levels nowadays and the leftovers of the tumor are inactive.|
Today I got my results from the MRI, it was unexpected and expected...like..I was thinking that nost likely I don't have one but at the same time felt it was not surprising if that makes sense.
Pretty much the first thing my Doctor said was "you have a small tumor, about 0.6mm's".
I also have a cyst, both are located at the brain, one at the front towards the nose, the other at the base of the scull.
My report says:
- pituitary adenoma
"-Pituitary adenomas are tumors that occur in the pituitary gland, and account for about 10% of intracranial neoplasms."
- pineal gland cyst
"-A pineal gland cyst is a benign cyst in the pineal gland, a small endocrine gland in the brain."
In 30% of the cases the tumor (or the cyst) can shrink, even dissapear on meds for the prolactinoma. In 70% it stays the same and they need life long medication. In a few cases, surgery is needed.
As far as I understand it this is not the bad kind of tumor, but I will double check it.
I also had my eyes photographed since both can affect eyesight (and other things)
Thyroid will be left untreated for the following reasons:
- prolactin pills may better it
- currently my levels are not so great but the thyroid is still working good on its own, the antibodies may be high because of the tumor and prolactin and drop soon, the same can happen for the TSH.
I don't feel too bad, not happy about the result but it seems treatable. Just can't stop touching my head and imagining the tumor atm o_O. above: part of my eye...