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× Cushing's Syndrome is a debilitating endocrine disorder characterized by excessive cortisol levels in the blood which may be the result of a tumor of the pituitary gland, adrenal glands or from tumors or cancer arising elsewhere in the body

Does a normal sodium/potassium test result rule out Cushings?

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I'm sorry that the psychiatrist was so quick to dismiss. Elevated cortisol can cause decreased potassium levels or hypokalemia, but I've never heard of that being used to rule Cushing's out. I am not a medical professional, but what I do know is that Cushing's is a complex disorder and I would suggest a second opinion with an endocrinologist/ pituitary specialist. Not all endocrinologists are the same, most treat the more common endocrine disorders like diabetes. Here is a link to PNA's list of known pituitary specialists:   https://pituitary.org/medical-resources/physicians .
Search for the state you live in, to see if there is one in your area, otherwise, you may have to travel. I would keep a journal of your daughters symptoms, as well as write down all your questions and bring it with you to the doctor visits. Also, learn everything you can about Cushing's. You need to trust your gut. Your daughter is lucky to have you to advocate for her! 
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A psychiatrist treating my daughter was very quick to dismiss the possibility of Cushing's syndrome, and said her sodium/potassium levels are normal from recent blood tests she had for general health. He didn't want to know what the symptoms are, just seemed to want to quickly rule it out. Hence my skepticism. Their primary focus is on diagnosing/treating possible 'psychosis' (she doesn't experience delusions or hallucinations, only depression/anxiety and was previously diagnosed with PTSD. The main focus of the appointment was mental health during hospitalization

Her symptoms are;
Large stretch marks over tummy arms and legs
Dowager hump
No periods
Facial hair on upper lip
Anxiety and depression
Lethargy
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