Information about cushings syndrome

(Jan 11, 2012)


Cushing's syndrome is characterized by increase in the levels of the hormone cortisol for a prolonged period of time. In many cases, the condition is caused by intake of oral corticosteroid medication. It can also develop when the body starts producing too much of cortisol. There can be various signs and symptoms of Cushing's syndrome. Some of the most common symptoms are as follows:

  • Appearance of stretch marks on the breasts, arms, abdomen and thighs.
  • Thinning and easy bruising of the skin
  • Delayed healing of wounds and infections
  • Acne
  • Weakening of the bones and difficulty in performing routine movements such as bending or lifting

The symptoms of Cushing's syndrome can cause an individual to avoid being in the company of others. This can lead to problems in personal and professional relationships as others may be unable to understand what the individual is experiencing. Feelings of loneliness and isolation may creep in as a result. Depression may be one of the side effects of this condition and it can continue to linger during and after treatment. It is important not to ignore feelings of depression. One must seek medical advice if there are feelings of sadness, of being overwhelmed or of feeling unable to cope.

The recovery from Cushing's syndrome depends on the cause and extent of the condition. Recovery does take time and the symptoms take a while to subside. Support groups are an important part of treatment for Cushing's syndrome. They bring together individuals who are coping with the same difficulties and symptoms. Family and friends are also urged to accompany the individual so that they can get a better understanding of the condition and how to help the individual deal with it.

answered by C B on Jan 11, 2012, 12:53:00


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