The happiest day of my life should have been the day I got married or the birth of my son. But for me, it was June 12, … Read More
Most of my Cushing’s journey has circled around important milestones in my life. I guess that’s what happens when you start to get sick during your transition into college. This was the time I was supposed to be learning, growing, becoming independent and finding myself. In a way, I suppose all of these things were still a part of my college experience, however, I also had to balance regular doctor’s visits and 24-hour urine samplings all while starting a new life in a new city on a college campus that was 6 hours away from home.
I was sick for about 3 years prior to being diagnosed with Cushing’s disease in winter of 2008. Finding out that I had a microadenoma on my pituitary gland was a pretty scary thing to process as a 19 year old. The first matter of concern for me was timing. I didn’t want anything to hold me back from graduating with my newfound friends and regularly wondered how Cushing’s would further impact this phase of my life. Thankfully, I was able to have a pituitary surgery the summer in between my sophomore and junior year of college on May 20, 2009 and maintain my schooling schedule, even if it was more than a full year after diagnosis.
- 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.