Cushing’s syndrome refers to a set of symptoms caused by the presence of excessive cortisol in the body over a prolonged period of time. Typically, individuals tend to develop this condition if they have been taking corticosteroids for a long time or if they have a tumor that encourages the adrenal gland to overproduce cortisol. If Cushing’s syndrome is present due to medication, it can be gradually curtailed if detected early on. Most cases are treatable. However, the stage at which the disorder is detected and the speed with which treatment begins to determine the nature of your recovery. If you or a loved one are suffering from the following symptoms, consider getting checked for Cushing’s syndrome immediately.
1. Weight Gain
The most distinctive and telling sign of Cushing’s syndrome is abnormal weight gain that is visible on the face, chest, and stomach. This occurs because cortisol causes fat to get redistributed to these areas. Cushing’s syndrome patients develop central obesity, with thin limbs but a bulky belly; moon face, which is a round, chubby, face or a buffalo hump, which manifests as a lumpy fat deposit between the shoulder blades. Children suffering from this condition become obese without consuming excessive food, and they grow more slowly compared to other healthy kids with the same diet.