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Doctor insights on: Cushings Syndrome Caused By Steroid Use

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Does cushing's syndrome and moon face disappear after u stop taking steroid?

Does cushing's syndrome and moon face disappear after u stop taking steroid?

If truly secondary: If the cushing's is secondary to taking the steroids, then the symptoms will lessen once the steroids are stopped. It may take some time for the moon face to disappear. ...Read more

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Steroid Use (Definition)

There are several different types of steroids. Anabolic steroids are often used to gain muscle mass and are the "steroids" that are baned in professional sports/olympics, etc. These can be dangerous if taken innapropriately. Corticosteroids are used commonly to treat inflammation and are found in many different medications, and can be used in joint injections, etc.Hope ...Read more


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I have a lump on both tops of my shoulders. Could this be from steroid shots that where given in my hip. Cushing syndrom?

Shoulder lump: Highly doubt cushing if that's the only thing you have. A steroid shot will not give you cushing. I recommend that you be seen because without looking and feeling your lump, it's essentially impossible to tell what those are. ...Read more

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Confused about dexamethasone suppression test. how can taking a steroid LOWER cortisol levels? having this to check for cushing's.

Confused about dexamethasone suppression test. how can taking a steroid LOWER cortisol levels? having this to check for cushing's.

Cortisol: If your adrenal glands are working correctly a dose of dexamethasone would lower the cortisol levels. Have you had cortisol levels drawn without dexamethasone? Do you have symptoms related to cortisol? ...Read more

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Hyper-eosinophilic syndrome; cause unknown. Probably immune related. Alternatives to indefinite steroid treatment?

Hyper-eosinophilic syndrome; cause unknown. Probably immune related. Alternatives to indefinite steroid treatment?

HES treatment: Standard hes treatment includes steroid medications such as prednisone, and chemotherapeutic agents such as hydroxyurea, Chlorambucil and vincristine. Interferon-alpha may also be used as a treatment. The more promising medication is gleevac (imatinib). ...Read more

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I am in a lot of pain from a pinched sciatic nerve caused by piriformis syndrome. have had a steroid injection already not much help. What can I do?

I am in a lot of pain from a pinched sciatic nerve caused by piriformis syndrome.  have had a steroid injection already not much help. What can I do?

EMG,PT, botox, surg: Make sure you had quality EMG ruling out lumbosacral radiculopathy. Then physical therapy involving strengthening of the pelvic and hip region and stretching of the piriformis. Besides Ultrasound-guided glucocorticoid injections, botulin toxin injections have been used. If all of the above fail, a surgery (piriformis tenotomy) can be pursued if symptoms are that persistent and debilitating. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a caudal spinal steroid injection to cause cauda equina syndrome symptoms?

Is it possible for a caudal spinal steroid injection to cause cauda equina syndrome symptoms?

Not likely: Because the spinal cord ends at bout vertebral level L1 (range T12-L3) and epidural injection is performed at L4, the risks of the injection does not include direct injury to the spinal cord. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Can having nephrotic syndrome aged 2-9 years old & relapse 12-14 or steroids, cause demyelination in the brain? If so, how?

Can having nephrotic syndrome aged 2-9 years old & relapse 12-14 or steroids, cause demyelination in the brain?  If so, how?

See below: Nephrotic sdr is only an expression.Could be an autoimmune disease that is undiscovered yet that is affecting the mielin sheats as well. Can also be a totally different medical entity. A rheumatologist should be able to give you more answers. ...Read more

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Could changes of face be caused by cushing's syndrome?

Could changes of face be caused by cushing's syndrome?

Yes: There are changes that appear in the face (and throughout the body) as a result of cushing's syndrome. Typically they are described as "moon facies" meaning the face takes a rounded appearance. Discuss your symptoms with your doctor treating your cushing's. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Does cushing's syndrome and the moon face disappear after you stop taking the medication that caused it?

Does cushing's syndrome and the moon face disappear after you stop taking the medication that caused it?

Yes: Cushing's syndrome by definition is high level of cortisol in the body. If the cause was taking too much cortisol and you successfully weaned off of it, then you no longer have cushing's syndrome. Moon face could also resolve but this takes a lot longer. ...Read more

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Suffering from Cushing syndrome for 3 years. Don't know what caused it. What tests should I go for to find out the cause of Cushing syndrome??

Suffering from Cushing syndrome for 3 years. Don't know what caused it. What tests should I go for to find out the cause of Cushing syndrome??

Cushings: On steroids?Prednisone/adrenal mass causes Cushings syndrome. Causes of Cushings Disease are pituitary adenoma (MRI -not 100%) or increased secretion of corticotropin releasing hormone from hypothalmus , Tests plasma corticotropin , salivary/ blood cortisol, 24urinary free cortisol dexamethasone supression, giving corticotropin releasing hormone, rarely sinus sampling. F/u w/ endocrine ...Read more

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How cushing syndrome causes back pain?

How cushing syndrome causes back pain?

Weight gain: Can cause it. Also, high cortisol levels will lead over time to bone loss, particularly in the spines of the back, which can lead to back pain. Check w/your doctor. ...Read more

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Does high level of stress or emotional trauma cause Cushing syndrome?

Does high level of stress or emotional trauma cause Cushing syndrome?

Cushing's Syndrome: Is caused by production of excessive cortisol by using medications or by a tumor in the pituitary. High stress or emotional trauma cannot cause this. ...Read more

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What is the cause of the hyperpigmentation in people with cushing syndrome and addison's disease?

What is the cause of the hyperpigmentation in people with cushing syndrome and addison's disease?

Pituitary hormone: These people have increased secretion of crh (corticotropin releasing hormone & acth (adrenocorticotropic hormone, also called corticotropin) from the pituitary gland. The cells that secrete acth also secrete melanocyt stimulating hormone (msh). Msh stimulates skin and mucus cells to secrete melanin (dark bronze pigment) which leads to the hyperpigmentation. Thats the full story! ...Read more

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Could cushing syndrome cause severe upper stomach pain?

Could cushing syndrome cause severe upper stomach pain?

Not usually: I'd look for another condition such as peptic ulcer disease, gastroesophageal reflux, biliary tract disease, or cholecystitis, just to name a few ...Read more

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What do we feed my grandson who is on steroids for nephrotic syndrome?

What do we feed my grandson who is on steroids for nephrotic syndrome?

See details: You need to discuss this issue with the child's nephrologist. He/she knows the specifics of the kidney disease. ...Read more

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My son (2.5 yrs old) has been diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome. Can it only be treated with steroids?

My son (2.5 yrs old) has been diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome. Can it only be  treated with steroids?

No: Nephrotic syndrome at 2 1/2-y-o child is most often caused by minimal change lesion. This type of ns responds well not only to steroids but also to immunosuppressives, i.e., cyclophophamide or cyclosporine. However, this class of medications have much higher toxicity, and therefore, they are reserved for steroid dependent cases who already developed significant steroid side effects. ...Read more

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Can a man with klinefelters syndrome take anabolic steroids?

Can a man with klinefelters syndrome take anabolic steroids?

Testosterone needed: Men with kleinfelters usually have small testes that do not make enough testosterone. Therefore, testosterone replacement is often needed. However, once the t replacement gets your t to a normal level, more is not better. How do you judge a normal level of t replacement? It is not as straightforward as with thyroid. You need to judge bone health, male characteristics, and side effects. ...Read more

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