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What is Cushing's Syndrome?

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December 17, 2013 9:14PM

Cushing's syndrome is a hormonal disorder (not genetic in most cases) caused by prolonged exposure of the body's tissues to high levels of the hormone 'Cortisol' (aka: hypercortisolism); it is fairly rare and affects adults ages 20 - 50. 10 - 15% per million people are affected each year.

Symptoms vary with each individual such as upper body obesity, rounded face, increased fat around the neck, thinning of the arms and legs. Children that are preconditioned for Cushing's are generally obese with a slowed growth rate.

The skin can tell a doctor if the symptoms are Cushing's: The skin becomes fragile and thin; bruises easily; heals poorly. Purplish/pink stretch marks may appear on the abdomen, thighs and buttocks, arms and breasts (be aware that great losses of weight, or pregnancy can cause pink looking stretch marks as well as IS NOT Cushing's!)

Bones weaken and every day activities such as lifting, bending or getting up from a sitting position leads to backaches, rib and spinal column fractures. There is severe fatigue, weak muscles, high blood pressure; high blood sugar readings; irritability, anxiety and depression.

Women generally have excess hair growth (if going through menopause this can happen and is not Cushing's syndrome) on their face, neck, chest, abdomen and thighs. Their menstrual periods may become irregular or stop. Men have a decreased fertility and diminished libido.

Cushing's disease (rather than sydrome) refers to one specific cause, a tumor in the pituitary gland that produces large amounts of ACTH, which in turn elevates cortisol. It can usually be cured by surgery. It was described by Harvey Cushing in 1932. I think you might be looking for "Cushing's Disease"...

Some treatments for Cushing's syndrome or disease: Cushing's disease can usually be treated by surgery when the cause is a tumor. Cushing's syndrome can usually be treated by carefully weaning the patient off steroids when steroids are the cause of the problem. The syndrome or disease was identified and described by Harvey Cushing in 1932. Cushing's cases can also appear in domestic dogs and horses.

For additional information about Cushing's sign/symptoms, causes/treatments, please see the page link, further down this page, listed under Related Links.
A crushing Syndrome is basically hormonal disorder. Like you like this person one minute then the next the next and the next. Some people say "slut". But not a kind answer. It kinda doesn't really exist some people make it up in their mind. But its your life and you can like whoever you choose to.