× As their name indicates, these relatively common pituitary adenomas do not result in excess hormone production. Instead they typically cause symptoms because of increasing size and pressure effect on the normal pituitary gland and on structures near

Does size make a difference in symptoms?

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Hi Nola,

The first advice I have for you is that you need to find a new doctor. Find one with experience treating pituitary tumors. He is right about one thing "It is in your head". Even the smallest tumors can cause symptoms. Hormones are a delicate balance, "only a little bit" out of range can affect you. The fact that they are out of range at all is a clue. Everyone experiences pituitary issues in a different way, so their normal range may not be normal for YOU.

One article I recommend is this one:

There is a lot of great information about symptoms and the questions to ask. The second to the last paragraph in the article above says:

If test results show problems, or if the results are within "normal" ranges but you still have symptoms and are not getting answers you trust then you must be seen by a physician who specializes in pituitary tumors and hormonal disturbances (Pituitary Endocrinologist, Pituitary Neurosurgeon etc.). Such doctors are listed on the PNA website.

Here is the link to our list of experienced pituitary specialists.

There is a great deal of information on this site. Keep looking for answers and like I have said, it is really important to find a doctor that you can work with. One that will listen and explain and help you. If you have other questions, you can reply here or I can be reached via email at [email protected] or by phone at (805) 499-9973.

Take care,
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First diagnosed in October 2013 with MRI stating "possible 3 or 4 mm residual microadenoma on the left". My new New MRI from last week results say "stable 3.5 mm left pituitary nodule".
So what do the terms residual and nodule mean in reference to the microadenoma?

I've had most of the symptoms of a non functioning adenoma for over 10 years. Migraine for 24 years, hypothyroidism for 12, anxiety/depression/weight gain/memory loss; all gradual worsening over last 10 years or so. However, my Endocrinologist implied that that since my thyroid, ACTH, LH, and FSH were only a little bit out of range, that this was All In My Head! The only thing he is treating is my hypothyroidism. Also implied that such a small adenoma is not likely to cause all those symptoms, even the thyroid issues.

I would love to hear other opinions, and if you know of any reference articles on this subject please point me in the right direction.
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