I went to see my Excellent Family doctor today and because my FSH - Follicle Stimulating Hormone is elevated and my Prolactin is even more elevated, he suspects that I could have a Pituitary Gland Tumor probably caused by the Risperdal - I have to repeat my blood tests in 3 months, my Psychiatrist is also aware of this.
I may have to go see an Endocrinologist and both of my doctors are in the process of seeing if I should remain on the Risperdal or switch to a safer Antipsychotic. I should know in a week or so.
Man am I bummed, but the good news is that Pituitary Gland Tumors are usually benign and not so dangerous, unless complications crop up.
I went through an fMRI to rule out brain cancer for a raised prolactin level that caused me to lactate! They found nothing, no cancer, no tumors. I lactated for like a decade (seriously, no kids ever). I take regular blood tests at the request of my pdoc and general doctor, and nothing except my prolactin levels are out of range. It’s so weird that it just affects this one hormone production and that there was nothing like cancer causing it! I guess I was lucky because all these article about pituitary tumors and anti-psychotics is scary and say that there is a disproportionate amount of pituitary tumors associated with antipsychotic drugs.
I never saw an endocrinologist, though. That seems like a good idea. The last time I received attention for this was in 2015 through my general practitioner, but that was just blood tests. I took the fMRI back in 2008-2009, though.