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What are the symptoms of pheochromocytoma?

Hi,

I suffer from severe headaches. I have been to see my GP recently as i know started to feel funny when i get these headaches. I start to feel shaky, i sweat, feel like i am going to pass out. After the attack i feel very drained and have a very bad headache. the GP has tested my sugar and thyriod, all is normal.

Lately my severe headaches wake me up at night, and no medicane i takes helps. I am a female and 29 years old.

Should i be worried? could it be possible that i could have phaeochromocytoma?
Tue, 30 Jun 2015
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Hi,
Thanks for writing in.

Pheochromocytoma is a cancer of the adrenal gland. The adrenal gland secretes steroid hormones and therefore a pheochromocytoma patient might have symptoms because of increased adrenal hormone circulating in blood.

Some of the symptoms of pheochromocytoma includes the following
episodic and sudden onset of severe headaches
sweating
abdominal pain
high blood pressure not getting controlled with medications
rapid heart rate
irritability and anxiety

Patients also might have increased plasma free metanephrines. Please consult the endocrinologist and get clinically evaluated. Please do not worry.
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What are the symptoms of pheochromocytoma?

Hi, Thanks for writing in. Pheochromocytoma is a cancer of the adrenal gland. The adrenal gland secretes steroid hormones and therefore a pheochromocytoma patient might have symptoms because of increased adrenal hormone circulating in blood. Some of the symptoms of pheochromocytoma includes the following episodic and sudden onset of severe headaches sweating abdominal pain high blood pressure not getting controlled with medications rapid heart rate irritability and anxiety Patients also might have increased plasma free metanephrines. Please consult the endocrinologist and get clinically evaluated. Please do not worry.