It was after ten P.M. and this HypoGal had given up hope that Dr. Larry Frosh was going to phone me. Then my home phone rang and I literally jumped out of my chair as the sound of the long awaited phone call startled me. I was able to answered the phone on the second ring and I was surprised that Dr. Frosh was on the phone line. He made no note of the late hour nor did I care. I was just so happy he phoned.
Dr. Frosh, began our phone conversation by answering the question I desperately needed. He said,” I think I know why you are sick.” He then went on to ask if I had hemorrhaged at childbirth? Promptly, I answered yes. Sad, painful moments flashed through my mind as I recalled my undiagnosed Placenta Accreta had cause me to hemorrhage with the birth of my first daughter. Dr. Frosh then told me that he suspected that my pituitary gland was not functioning correctly.
Alarmed I questioned, the pituitary gland? My mind spun, I knew the pituitary gland was referred to as the Master Gland but I could not think of where the pituitary gland was located.
Dr. Frosh was very patient and kind as he explained the function of the pituitary gland and where the pituitary gland is located. He told me the pituitary gland is a small pea sized gland, located behind the nasal passage and near the base of the brain. The pituitary gland is also frequently referred to as the,”Master Gland” because the pituitary gland releases hormones that control most of the endocrine system. The master gland (pituitary gland) sends signals to our other glands to produce hormones that regulate growth in childhood, control our metabolism, libido, fertility, emotions, sexual maturity, muscle tone and essential make life worth celebrating.
An easy way to comprehend how the pituitary gland functions is to envision the pituitary gland as car’s ignition. If the ignition does not work it will not be able to switch on the parts of the car. The car will not start even if all other parts of the car are functional. The car may have a full tank of gas, a good battery, new tires but if the ignition does not work the car is going nowhere.
Toward the end of my phone call with Dr. Frosh he referred me to an Endocrinologist. (My story with this Endocrinologist is for another blog)
After, I hung up the phone with Dr Larry Frosh I was scared but relieved. I realized the importance of the pituitary gland but I finally believed I had an answer to my medical odyssey, Sheehan’s Syndrome.
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