Today, April 8, has been named Cushing’s Awareness Day in honor of Harvey Cushing’s birthday. It seems like a good day to talk about symptoms.
Above is a diagram of a Cushing’s patient. From what I understand in talking with a lot of Cushies, is that many doctors believe that this is what a Cushing’s patient will look like. They don’t understand that these are symptoms that a patient may have. The diagram also can’t show the aches, pains & mental symptoms.
Having three Cushies in my family showed me that symptoms can vary widely from patient to patient. I’ll make a list of symptoms (if I can remember them all) that my family had but won’t say who had what symptoms.
One had very thin legs, two didn’t
Reversed sleep pattern
High blood pressure
Extreme hunger when cortisol levels were high
No appetite when cortisol levels were low
Excess hair growth
Hair changed from straight to curly
Body odor that could not be washed away
Alcohol breath (when none had been drank)
Lack of concentration
Inability to solve problems
Stretch marks-stomach, arms, legs, shoulders
I know there are more symptoms that I just can’t think of now. Tomorrow I’ll talk about what it was like to live with these patients.