Does anyone know about Cushing disease or Cushing Syndrome? The causes and how it is connected to diabetes and an allergic reaction to insulin?

By nzingha Latest Reply 2012-01-22 13:48:27 -0600
Started 2012-01-19 05:35:19 -0600

The doctors suspect I could be allergic to the insulin I am now taking because Iof a number of symptoms I have developed. Has anyone here had any similar experiences?

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dietcherry 2012-01-21 21:17:08 -0600 Report

I think my stepmom has Cushings Syndrome. Shes been on prednisone for RA for years.
She made a Drs appt. for next week with a NEW Dr. We are both in shock that her ex-Dr. never mentioned this even tho she told him something wasnt right and you only have to look at her to see that she has a lot of the symptoms.

I thank all of you for posting here; you have made a difference in someones life yet again. :)

nzingha 2012-01-22 06:12:31 -0600 Report

she does..? do u mind sharing with me the symptoms… mine r all stress related..a very high profile and stressful job for which i have gained nothing and lost my health all in dedication to serving my country.. well never again!

dietcherry 2012-01-22 13:16:27 -0600 Report

Sure! She has developed very thin skin with reddish-purple bruising; her arms and legs are extremely thin but the trunk of her body has remained the same girth; she is depressed, tired and very very emotional resulting in lots of crying whereas shes never been a "crier"; she has a slight hump between her shoulder blades, and her face is swollen and has taken on a moon-shaped appearance. We think her stick-like limbs are attributable to muscle atrophy common with this syndrome.

We are assuming she has the Syndrome as opposed to the Disease because of her use of prednisone for many years.
I will check back in and let you know what her Dr. says :)

nzingha 2012-01-22 13:48:27 -0600 Report

I am having some of the same symptoms.. the bruises .. i get emotional..feel like crying but i end up shouting unnecessarily at people especially those close to me. I notice my hands are getting slim but I thought it was from the lose of weight and diet. My legs are always weak and nervous and that makes me miserable.. I try to excercise away the feelings but its always there once i get up. I have the puffy face that's become moon shaped and people r walking pass me not recognising me..I dont want kemo or surgery to fix it because they say after these u have to be taking medication to replace the hormones.. I need to get rid of it naturally- dont know if that is possible.. but I'll definitely be trying as it is all stress related they say and I have been under stress for a looong time.. since I have been removed from it I am hoping to cure it with just changing my lifestyle. i go off for couple of months to my family in the UK and hope this will be a start in my recovery programme…

Caroltoo 2012-01-20 22:12:47 -0600 Report

Here's 3 interesting articles on Cushing's:

The first is from the Mayo clinic. It says, among many other things, that Cushing's can be a cause of Diabetes.

And another from the AARP files:

A third one (very informational) from Lab Tests Online:

dietcherry 2012-01-20 21:35:43 -0600 Report

Is Cushings having to do with the adrenals? Im not sure what it is. Please tell us what happened to you!

nzingha 2012-01-21 04:42:44 -0600 Report

noticed puffiness on my face.. starting to look moon shaped.. eyes buldging, weakness in feet, head feeling light.. ever since started taking insulin…

nzingha 2012-01-21 04:42:29 -0600 Report

noticed puffiness on my face.. starting to look moon shaped.. eyes buldging, weakness in feet, head feeling light.. ever since started taking insulin…

nzingha 2012-01-20 20:06:15 -0600 Report

wow.. no response? u mean no one has ever heard of this disease.. which can come on because of insulin rejection by the body ?

jigsaw 2012-01-20 22:04:18 -0600 Report

Cushings disease is related to the adrenal glands. The adrenals produce cortisol which is involved in the metabolism of carbohydrates and the regulation of blood sugar. Reduced adrenal function can be indicated by allergies. Hope this helps a bit !

dietcherry 2012-01-20 22:32:56 -0600 Report

What kinds of allergies?

Caroltoo 2012-01-20 22:40:55 -0600 Report

Stress causes the adrenals to overproduce cortisol. Eventually, the adrenals become exhausted and become less effective. This negatively impacts the immune system and reduces the bodies ability to defend against infection and irritants…so, basically, any kind of allergy that you would be susceptible to when your immune system isn't working well.

This is related to Hans Selye's functional analysis of stress syndrome in which he says we (1) first respond to a stressor and deal with it appropriately, then (2) we are subjected to prolonged stress and the body responds in an unhealthy long term response, and (3) we develop major illness because our bodies have stopped responding appropriately.

nzingha 2012-01-21 04:45:42 -0600 Report

i think that flipping job is the cause of this… all stress related.. yes i think its part of it.. the uncertainty.. and everything that came with it.. the high demands on my time.. etc…yes it cost me my health and it wasnt even worth it financially… me and my dedication to country… never again!

Caroltoo 2012-01-21 16:09:15 -0600 Report

I came away from the mental health field with a similar perspective. I don't mind going back to work and will at some point, but I won't ever put in 60 hr weeks again. It's 40 and me-time from now on.

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