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My lover has just been diagnosed with cushing’s syndrome. I am worried but she acts like it is not a problem. Who can tell me what it means?

My lover has just been diagnosed with cushing’s syndrome. I am worried but she acts like it is not a problem. Who can tell me what it means?

Too much cortisol: Cushing's syndrome means the body has too much cortisol in it. This can lead to high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoporosis. It can be caused by medications like Prednisone (most common cause - doesn't need treatment, but should try to minimize steroid dose), or by a cortisol producing tumor (needs surgery) or a certain type of pituitary tumor (called cushing's disease - also needs surgery). ...Read more

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With cushing’s syndrome what are my treatment options?

With cushing’s syndrome what are my treatment options?

Many options: First, find out what's causing the cushing's syndrome. If it's due to overuse of steroids, cut down on the dose. If it's due to a tumor, surgery is the best treatment.Tumor in the pituitary can be removed by neurosurgeons, tumors in the adrenal, pancreas, lung can be removed by surgeons. Radiation therapy is used if surgery is not complete. Last but not least, medications can be used. ...Read more

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of different treatments for cushing’s syndrome?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of different treatments for cushing’s syndrome?

Depends: The treatment options depend on the cause of the cushing's syndrome. If the cause is due to overuse of steroids, then the treatment is to lower the dose. This is the best case scenario. Other treatment options involve: surgery (pros: cure possible, cons: surgery +/- complications), radiation therapy (cons: side effects), medications (cons: usually not a cure, side effects from med)... ...Read more

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Eat healthy. Exercise. Avoid smoking. Why did I get cushing’s syndrome?

Eat healthy. Exercise. Avoid smoking. Why did I get cushing’s syndrome?

Not lifestyle issue: Primary cushing's syndrome is the result of an endocrine active mass of adrenal gland cells that become so not as a result of lifestyle habits (good or bad). It's not your fault, but fortunately often completely curable. There are secondary cushing's syndromes related to medications doctors give to treat certain conditions, and it becomes a balance of benefits vs. Risks. ...Read more

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What is cushing's disease?

What is cushing's disease?

Pituitary tumor: Cushing's syndrome is any conditions that cause the adrenal gland to produce too much cortisol. Cushing's disease is a adenoma (tumor) in the pituitary that produces a hormone called acth which causes the adrenal gland to produce too much cortisol. ...Read more

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What is ?Cushing's disease?

What is ?Cushing's disease?

Pituitary ACTH: Cushings syndrome is a clinical syndrome produced by excess cortisol in the body. Cushings disease is one of the potential causes of the syndrome in which a benign pituitary tumor secretes an excess of acth (adrenocorticotropic hormone) this stimulates adrenal secretion of excess cortisol and produces cushings syndrome. ...Read more

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What is cushing's syndrome?

Symptom / sign mix: The familiar physical changes from excess glucocorticoids from any cause, made in the body or prescribged. Red, swollen face, hypertension, glucose intolerance, truncal obesity, fat pad on back of neck, fragile skin, likelihood to get infections, mood problems, acne, more. Contrast "cushing's disease" in which these by definition result from a pituitary adenoma making acth. ...Read more