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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
Hormonal...: It is hormonal problem where the body experiences changes due to too much glucocorticoids which might be elevated for different reasons like for example adrenal tumors( usually benign), medications, other hormonal issues. Symptoms can be weight gain, elevated blood sugar, fatigue, muscle weakness, moon face, among others. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Could cushing's syndrome affect diagnostic tests for sjogren's? I have multiple s/s for sjogren's, but tests have been "diagnostically inconclusive".
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
Cushing's syndrome: Cushing's syndrome is a condition where your body makes too much cortisol (a hormone). A blood draw, 24 hour urine measurement of cortisol, midnight salivary cortisol measurement or a test called dexamathasone suppression test can be done to give you the diagnosis. Often time, you need multiple or all of the tests above to make an accurate diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No, it's a tough one: Cushing's syndrome is a condition where your body makes too much cortisol (a hormone). A blood draw, 24 hour urine measurement of cortisol, midnight salivary cortisol measurement or a test called dexamathasone suppression test can be done to give you the diagnosis. Often time, you'll need multiple or all of the tests above to make an accurate diagnosis. It's one of the hardest diagnosis to make. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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