- Blood Tests
- 24 Hour Urine Tests
- Salivary Cortisol Tests
- Low-Dose Dexamethasone Suppression Testing
- MRI Scans of the Pituitary Region
- CT Scans of the Adrenals
- Corticotropin-Releasing Hormone Stimulation Test
Hello, and welcome back to this short series on Cushing’s Disease. Today, we are going to talk about the Signs and Symptoms of Cushing’s, as well as the difference between Cushing’s Disease and Cushing’s Syndrome.
Signs and Symptoms
Cushing’s Syndrome and Disease are both caused by excess cortisol in the bloodstream. One of the reasons Cushing’s is so hard to diagnose is because the symptoms are relatively non-specific. Listed below are some of the more common symptoms.
Hello and welcome to this short series of posts on Cushing’s Syndrome/Disease! The series is divided into five posts, each with its own topic. So without further ado, let’s jump right in.
Before discussing Cushing’s, we must first discuss cortisol. Cortisol is a glucocorticoid (steroid) hormone which plays an important role in glucose and fat metabolism and reducing inflammation. The hormone is also referred to as the “stress” or “flight-or-fight” hormone, as it, along with epinephrine (adrenaline) is released during “flight-or-fight” situations.