Cushing’s Syndrome

Afflicting just 10-15 people out of every million, Cushing’s Syndrome is essentially hypercortisolism. You have heard the commercials talking about cortisol that have since been banned for false advertising. What they were actually talking about is this disorder, which again only a few people actually suffer from. You have an abnormal level of the stress hormone cortisol in your body, and it begins to build up in high amounts in certain areas. It may be for no apparent reason, and it may result in the excessive growth of the ACTH hormone which is also produced by the pituitary gland. This may form tumors, and patients may be treated directly with high levels of cortisone.

With this disease, the best known symptom is the development of more fatty tissue. You can find it deposited around the face making it round, red, and shiny or a moon face. Some also form a buffalo hump between the shoulders on the back. The trunk also becomes rather large while limbs generally remain rather small in comparison. It happens most frequently to women between 30 and 40, and it can be caused by an overactive adrenal gland in general. They generally feel weak and tired, have stretch marks on the abdomen and thighs, frequent bruises, and change in the figure. It may also cause chest or back pain due to a collapsed vertebrae or bone fracture. All in all, depression is common and it should be treated only by a qualified professional.