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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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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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Do I have cushing syndrome or disease---what is the difference?

Do I have cushing syndrome or disease---what is the difference?

Cushing's: 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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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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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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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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Are cushing syndrome tests accurate?

If done correctly.: Diagnosing cushing syndrome (oversupply of cortisol) is tricky. Cortisol levels go up and down normally, depending on the time of day. Therefore, timing of tests for cushing syndrome is important. The actual laboratory test for cortisol, however, is quite accurate. ...Read more

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What are different ways to treat cushing syndrome?

See below.: 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 is Cushing syndrome?

Cushing syndrome: read this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cushing%27s_syndrome

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How does one get cushing syndrome?

Cushing's syndrome: Cushing's syndrome is any condition that cause the adrenal gland to produce too much cortisol. Some common cause of cushing's syndrome include taking too much steroids (prednisone by any route), the presence of a tumor on the adrenal gland that produces too much cortisol, a tumor on the pituitary gland that produces too much acth causing the adrenal to make too much cortisol... ...Read more

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What are signs of cushing syndrome?

There are many: Many patients have multiple signs & symptoms, including (but not limited to): facial plethora, violet colored striae ("stretch marks"), high blood pressure, glucose intolerance, weight gain, facial roundness, weakness, and "central" obesity (i.e., in the truncal area). Acne, decreased libido, & menstrual irregularities are common. Detailed exam & testing are necessary to rule out related conditio. ...Read more

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What is cushing syndrome and its cure?

Pituitary tumor: A pituitary tumor causes classic cushings syndrome. The tumor releases acth which stimulates the adrenal gland to produce corticosteroid hormones.

Cushings syndrome can come about because of steroid hormones being used to treat an underlying condition or rarely from a tumor of the adrenal gland.

The cure of the syndrome depends on its cause. ...Read more

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Who is most prone to having cushing syndrome?

Rare disease: Cushing's syndrome is more prevalent in women than in men, but it is a relatively rare disease. The incidence is about 4 cases per million people. An endocrinologist may see a couple new cases per year. ...Read more

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Is there more than one good way to treat cushing syndrome?

A few options: 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, radiation therapy, and medications. Coincidentally, the fda just approved a new drug for cushing's syndrome on 2/17/2012. ...Read more

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My lady friend has cushing syndrome. She was too embarassed to tell me any more. Can you explain it to me please?

Is that right??: Please make sure that the diagnosis is correct because this is uncommnon and very serious -- it usually implies some kind of adrenal tumor or cancer that causes overproduction of adrenal hormones ie steroids. ...Read more

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What tips do you have for patients with cushing syndrome?

See endocrinologist: See your endocrinologist. Depending upon the cause, surgery may help. There is new therapy available for pituitary cushing's syndrome. ...Read more

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How do you test for cushing syndrome?

Lab or urine test: Cushing's syndrome is a condition where your body makes too much cortisol (a hormone). A blood draw or 24 hour urine measurement of cortisol will give you the diagnosis. Another test called dexamathasone suppression test will also give you the diagnosis. ...Read more

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My mom tried to teach us ways to stay healthy, but I got cushing syndrome. Why is that?

My mom tried to teach us ways to stay healthy, but I got cushing syndrome. Why is that?

Not your fault: Quoting dr. Loh: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 are the glands and hormones out of balance in cushing syndrome?

What are the glands and hormones out of balance in cushing syndrome?

Adrenal dysfunction: The most common form of cushing syndrome is due to taking glucocorticoid rxs (hormones such as prednisone, hydrocortisone) to treat asthma, arthritis, inflammatory bowel, etc. In the less common endogenous cushing syndrome, the adrenal gland (either one or both) produces too much cortisol hormone. This can be due to an over-acive tumor in the adrenal, or in pituitary gland that controls adrenals. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have the cushing syndrome without having a tumor found anywhere?

Yes: Cushing's syndrome is any cause that lead to high cortisol level in the blood. Taking corticosteroids (prednisone for example) at high doses for an extended amount of time may lead to cushing's syndrome. ...Read more

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A child with Cushing syndrome left affected until 20yo, what will be affected? Still can reverse?

A child with Cushing syndrome left affected until 20yo, what will be affected? Still can reverse?

Depends: on the degree of Cushing, the cause, was due to external steroid intake, the original disease that he had, ultimate height, fusion of long bone ends, some of the effects can be reversed still, you need to work with an endocrinologist, good luck ...Read more

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Read in child health magazine about cushing syndrome. I would like to know more. How do I find out?

Many options: Your doctor is a good source for information. Respectable internet sites also a good source. Here is one: http://www.Uptodate.Com/contents/patient-information-cushings-syndrome-beyond-the-basics. ...Read more

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Doctor wants to do tests to see if I have cushing syndrome?

OK, do it: Cushing's syndrome is a condition where your body makes too much cortisol (a hormone). A blood draw or 24 hour urine measurement of cortisol will give you the diagnosis. Another test called dexamathasone suppression test will also give you the diagnosis. Often time, you will need to repeat the tests, or do all of them. It's probably the most difficult diagnosis to make in endocrinology. ...Read more

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If a child growth affected because of Cushing syndrome and without treatment until 20yo,can it still reverse and recover?

If a child growth affected because of Cushing syndrome and  without treatment until 20yo,can it still reverse and recover?

Growth: I can hardly believe that a doctor has not followed through with a young man with Cushing's and limited growth.
You MUST see an Endocrinologist as soon as possible.
Wish you well. Keep me posted please. ...Read more

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What is the difference between adrenal fatigue and Cushing syndrome?

What is the difference between adrenal fatigue and Cushing syndrome?

FATIGUE EVAL: You need full EXAM AND labs. CBC/CMP/B12/FOLATE /CORTISOL /TFTS/VITD/CRP//SED RATE//IRON STUDIES/LYME TITERS. While work up is under way. Gluten free diet Wholeapproach.com gutbliss.com. And high potency vitamins. Rejuvenation-science.com TSH is elevated in HYPOTHYROIDISM. CORTISOL IS LOW IN ADRENAL DEFICIENCY. ...Read more

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Can someone who is hypothyroidism also have Cushing syndrome? Since I have fatty deposits in the face, midsection, and fat back of the neck?

Can someone who is hypothyroidism also have Cushing syndrome? Since I have fatty deposits in the face, midsection, and fat back of the neck?

Cushing: Yes. If Cushing syndrome is caused by excess ACTH secretion from the pituitary gland, the pituitary tumor can compress TSH secreting cells nearby, causing hypothyroidism. Generally a pituitary MRI is done, and a dexamethasone suppression test to differentiate between various causes of Cushing's symptoms. See an endocrine specialist. ...Read more

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How does Cushing syndrome affect growth of a child? Is it due to the same mechanism like growth hormone deficiency?

How does Cushing syndrome affect growth of a child? Is it due to the same mechanism like growth hormone deficiency?

Complex: so far researchers are trying to find the exact mechanism, however accepted hypothesis validated by several researchers is that excess glucocorticoids (cortisone) affects growth hormone function/production by different mechanisms at different levels of control, hope that helps ...Read more

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Cushing Syndrome (rapid weight gain, moon face, etc). Why and how the syndrome affect the body? consumption of hydrocortisone of 20mg daily help?

Cushing Syndrome (rapid weight gain, moon face, etc). Why and how the syndrome affect the body? consumption of hydrocortisone of 20mg daily help?

Cushing syndrome: Corticosteroids such as hydrocortisone can cause Cushing syndrome, not make it better. Check out http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cushing-syndrome/basics/definition/con-20032115. Then go see your family doc & tell him/her your concerns. This is not a do-it-yourself project, especially if you need steroids. ...Read more