Endocrine System: How does it effect us?

Posted by Christa Whightsel on Friday, August 6, 2010
Borrowed from http://kissafightingfish.blogspot.com/From what I have learned in the last couple years I attribute back to the Endocrine system.
The major glands that make up the human endocrine system include the:Hypothalamus
-The hypothalamus (pronounced: hi-po-tha-luh-mus), a collection of specialized cells that is located in the lower central part of the brain, is the main link between the endocrine and nervous systems. Nerve cells in the hypothalamus control the pituitary gland by producing chemicals that either stimulate or suppress hormone secretions from the pituitary.
Pituitary gland
-Although it is no bigger than a pea, the pituitary (pronounced: puh-too-uh-ter-ee) gland, located at the base of the brain just beneath the hypothalamus, is considered the most important part of the endocrine system. It’s often called the “master gland” because it makes hormones that control several other endocrine glands.
-The thyroid (pronounced: thy-royd), located in the front part of the lower neck, is shaped like a bow tie or butterfly and produces the thyroid hormones thyroxine (pronounced: thy-rahk-sin) and triiodothyronine (pronounced: try-eye-oh-doe-thy-ruh-neen). These hormones control the rate at which cells burn fuels from food to produce energy.
-Attached to the thyroid are four tiny glands that function together called the parathyroids (pronounced: par-uh-thy-roydz). They release parathyroid hormone, which regulates the level of calcium in the blood with the help of calcitonin (pronounced: kal-suh-toe-nin), which is produced in the thyroid.
Adrenal glands
-The body also has two triangular adrenal (pronounced: uh-dree-nul) glands, one on top of each kidney.
Pineal body
-The pineal (pronounced: pih-nee-ul) body, also called the pineal gland, is located in the middle of the brain. It secretes melatonin (pronounced: meh-luh-toe-nin), a hormone that may help regulate when you sleep at night and when you wake in the morning.
Reproductive glands (which include the ovaries and testes)

My theory is that some how out Hypothalamus and/or Pituitary gland has been compromised. For some people it could be a near death experience, for some it could be a Cerebral Fluid Complication, or something else that caused the Hypothalamus to be compromised.
I have another rare disease called Psuedo Tumor Cerebri which is a build up of fluid in the spinal cord and brain. How I was diagnosed was because I had a CT showing my Pituitary Gland being smaller then usual and being surrounded by some kind of fluid.

In my situation my Pituitary gland was compromised first. This may have caused a chain reaction that finally left my hypothalamus compromised and since it is the link between the endocrine and nervous systems it makes sense that when I got hurt my nervous system was in the right state to bloom into full blown RSD.

Needless to say I am no doctor but it makes sense to little old me that if they are connected they can spread different problems that if they go unnoticed can cause bigger problems.

I think where doctors need to study is our brains. Mainly how our hypothalamus works compared to an normal brain that hasn’t been compromised.

Doctors please help us. This pain is awful. We want a cure. We would love it as maybe a birthday or Christmas Present.

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