Hi, My name is Lisa and I created this website to bring attention to Sheehan's Syndrome. Sheehan's Syndrome is a rare disease of the pituitary gland that is frequently misdiagnosed. The pituitary gland is a burnt red, soft, oval pea sized gland that is located at the base of our brain.
The pituitary gland is often referred to as the master gland. It is refered to as the master gland because the pituitary releases hormones that control almost all of our endocrine system. The master gland (pituitary gland) sends signals to our other glands to produce hormones that regulate growth in childhood, control our metabolism, libido, fertility, emotions, sexual maturity, muscle tone and essential make life worth celebrating.
Sheehan's Syndrome is caused by severe blood loss during or after childbirth. The blood loss during and post childbirth can be particularly damaging to the pituitary gland. The loss of blood to the pituitary gland may destroy hormone-producing tissue. When necrosis of the pituitary gland occurs the pituitary may lose some or all of its function.
The disease, Sheehan's Syndrome is named after Dr. Harold Leeming Sheehan. It was 1937 that Dr. Sheehan's complete concept of the syndrome was reviewed. He emphasized that during pregnancy the pituitary becomes enlarged, but its blood supply becomes diminished. If a woman hemorrhages during childbirth it causes a severe drop in blood pressure (hypotension) and may damage the pituitary.
A simple way to understand this concept is the loss of blood (hemorrhaging) to the pituitary creates an infarct, (stroke) in the pituitary. The infarct causes part or all of the pituitary to stop functioning. This damage to the pituitary gland can happen immediate after childbirth or the pituitary gland can gradually decline in function.
Many doctors have never seen a Sheehan's Syndrome patient and may have only read about the disease briefly in medical school. If this experience sounds familiar to you or someone you know, please seek medical help from an Endocrinologist that specializes in the pituitary.
Please note that this web site is not a substitute for any medical care or medical advice. I have used Wikipedia on several of my links. I know that Wikipedia is a collaboration of numerous inputs that are not always one hundred percent accurate. But, I have found that Wikipedia offers the best description to many of the words that I have linked. Again, much of the information on this site is subjective and from my personal experiences. You can read about my Sheehan's Syndrome experience, here.
You can also help increase awareness with your FREE subscription to blog.HypoGal.com . Please visit the blog.HypoGal.com web page and click on, "Subscription". The "Subscription" box is located on the right hand side of the page and can be found below recent post.
If you belong to FaceBook and you would like to help spread the word about Endocrine issues then please click, "Like" on my FaceBook page. A big Thank You for your support!