Do you identify with being a moon face? Is your face unusually round? Do you have pink or purple stretch marks on your body? Chances are high that you are suffering from Cushing’s Syndrome.
This condition is not uncommon with women suffering from PCOS. As PCOS is also an Endocrinol disorder to an extent, they may be related to each other. Most of the times, the pituitary gland releases too much hormone ACTH. This in turn, signals the adrenal gland to produce more cortisol hormone, the primary reason for Cushing’s Syndrome. If the adrenal glands keep producing cortisol for a long period of time, then this unusual condition may appear in patients. Most of the times we can blame it to medications used in treating asthma and arthritis. However, in some cases, this can be a result of tumor in the pituitary or adrenal glands.
The symptoms of the Syndrome are varied and affect almost all parts of the body. In men it may lead to infertility and lower libido. However, if you are a woman, specially someone suffering from PCOS, it can not only alleviate the symptoms you are experiencing, but may lead to new conditions and problems in the body which may hamper your health in the long run.
Cushing’s Syndrome is typically known to make moon faces, a condition in which there is excess deposit of fat around the face and neck, making your face appear unusually round.
The symptoms can be summed up as follows:
1. Round face or moon face
2. High blood pressure
3. High blood sugar, often leading to diabetes
4. Skin infections and acne
5. Bruises that won’t heal easily
6. Upper body obesity
8. Fat deposition between the shoulders
9. Weakened bones, often accompanied by pain
10. Excessive hair growth or hirsutism
12. Irregular menstrual cycle.
The symptoms mentioned above are mostly experienced in PCOS as well. However, if you want to know whether you are suffering from Cushing’s Syndrome or not, a blood test for serum cortisol level can easily tell that.
This condition can be treated by surgery(in case of tumor) or lowering the dose of medication(in case it is triggered by medicines). However, if you are suffering from PCOS and do not have take medicines and have no adrenal/pituitary tumors, this condition may turn into a nightmare.
The only way out is to change your lifestyle. The more you change, the more you can lower the symptoms. It is noteworthy that the symptoms for both PCOS and Cushing’s Syndrome are similar and there is still ample research to be done regarding this condition.
Till the time we come out with some concrete solutions, making changes that will be beneficial for our overall health is probably the only thing we can do.