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Lifestyle Issues & Prevention

Always take your medications or hormone treatments as directed. If you seem to be having the same symptoms again or a different set of symptoms, call your physician. You may need further treatment or your dose of medication may need to be adjusted.

Remember that sometimes symptoms take a while to disappear. Some symptoms may never go away. Ask your doctor if you have questions or frustrations about your progress after treatment.

You will also need to keep up with your regular physician visits and any monitoring of your condition. Keeping the proper balance of hormones in your body is important for normal functioning. Most people who have had pituitary tumors treated can go on to live normal lives, as long as they follow their doctor's advice.

Diseases of the pituitary do have psychological aspects, including symptoms of depression, fatigue, moodiness, nervousness, and reduced sex drive. Many of these symptoms will improve once you receive treatment for your pituitary condition. It is important that you share this with your doctor. You may also seek additional professional help and the support of a patient group or counselor to help you cope with these symptoms.

There is little a person can do to prevent pituitary tumors from forming except in the case of head trauma (severe injury). Anything you can do to protect your head and the pituitary gland will help to preserve your hormonal system and potentially save your life.

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