Endocrinologists located in St. Cloud, FL & Kissimmee, FL
Pituitary disorders are known for causing widespread hormonal issues that can affect your metabolism and sexual function, among other issues. The specialized team at Premier Endocrinology in Florida offer plenty of custom evidence-based solutions for pituitary disorders. Between Theresa Fynn, MD, in St. Cloud and Kwame Ntim, MD, in Kissimmee, you can get quality care no matter how complex your pituitary disorder may be. Call your closest clinic to book an appointment or use the online scheduler.
Pituitary Disorder Q & A
How does the pituitary gland work?
Your pituitary gland works alongside the hypothalamus in your brain to produce hormones. Nicknamed the “master gland,” your pituitary gland is also responsible for controlling a realm of hormonal and endocrine functions throughout your body.
Your pituitary gland helps regulate processes and hormones that:
- Help you grow (growth hormone)
- Regulate stress (cortisol)
- Regulate your metabolism (thyroid-stimulating hormone)
Your pituitary gland even stimulates testosterone production in men, as well as egg release (ovulation) and breast milk production among women. Because your pituitary gland is responsible for so many basic bodily functions, you can experience a multitude of issues if you have a pituitary gland disorder.
What are the symptoms of pituitary disorders?
While many issues can develop within your pituitary gland, the most common disorder is a pituitary tumor. These non-cancerous tumors disrupt your pituitary gland function, which leads to either an over- or under-production of hormones — hypersecretion or hyposecretion, respectively.
The symptoms you experience depend on how hormone production affects you and which hormone is impacted. You could experience:
- Irregular menstrual periods
- Bruising easily or joint pain
- Sexual dysfunction, including erectile dysfunction
- Unintentional weight loss or weight gain
- Excessive sweating or irregular heartbeat
In some cases, pituitary gland tumors can grow to the point where they put pressure on surrounding areas in your brain. This can cause headaches, blurred vision, or vision loss.
How are pituitary gland disorders treated?
Dr. Fynn and Dr. Ntim provide tailored pituitary gland treatments, based on your symptoms and the size of your tumor (if applicable). Some men and women need medications or injections to help regulate hormone levels. Depending on your condition, pituitary gland disorder medications can:
- Shrink your tumor
- Regulate hormone levels
- Block effects of excess hormone growth
If you have a large growth, you could need surgery to remove your pituitary gland, or radiation therapy to destroy it. You can feel confident that the team at Premier Endocrinology offers effective solutions to help improve your quality of life.
If you have a known pituitary gland disorder or are experiencing symptoms, schedule an evaluation at Premier Endocrinology. You can either call your closest clinic or book online.