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Cushing's Understanding Support & Help Organization

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Contact CUSH: Email Address
P.O. Box 1424 Florence, AL. 35631-1424

 

Disclaimer: This website is for informational purposes only. CUSH is not a medical authority. All medical questions and concerns should be addressed to your medical provider.

 

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"Mission Statement"

Cushing’s Understanding, Support and Help Organization is a non-profit organization committed to bringing information regarding Cushing’s and its related diseases into public awareness to help facilitate early diagnosis, treatment and recovery. Our goals are to provide current information on this rare disease, to further the medical professions awareness, knowledge and understanding, to aid in the education of persons with Cushing’s, their families and the general public and to encourage local support meetings.

 

 

 

 

What is Cushing's?

Cushing's Syndrome is caused by an excess of cortisol production or by excessive use of cortisol or other similar steroid hormone. When too much cortisol is produced in the adrenal glands or an excess is taken in treating other diseases significant changes occur in all of the tissues and organs of the body. All of these effects together are called Cushing's Syndrome. Cushing's disease is the name given to a type of Cushing's caused by too much ACTH production from the pituitary gland.

Spontaneous overproduction of cortisol in the adrenals is divided into two groups: those due to an excess of ACTH and those that are independent of ACTH.  When the source of excess cortisol production is a tumor of the adrenal gland itself, then it is not dependent on ACTH.

What are some of the Symptoms of Cushing’s? Symptoms may include but are not limited to the following changes in body habitus: abdominal obesity, face may become more round and have a swollen appearance (moon face), increased size above the collar bone (supraclavicular), protrusion (buffalo hump) at the back of the neck.
 
Skin and hair changes:  bruise easily, purplish stretch marks (striae), red face (plethora), hair loss on head, excessive hair on face, abdomen, chest, and thighs. Depression, mood swings or anxiety. Generalized weakness and fatigue, muscle weakness. Decreased fertility or libido and menstrual disorders in women.
 
It is important to remember that not everyone who has Cushing's will experience the same symptoms. Also, not everyone who has the classic physical features of Cushing's will actually have the disease. Cushing's is a serious disorder and it is important to carefully exclude it from other disorders and obtain a proper diagnosis.

 

 

Click on the links below to read the "Highlights" topics of special interest.

Read Reporter SallyHanson's article "Cushing's Syndrome gets national attention" that was in the Highlands' Newspaper.

UCSF Pituitary Newsletters Issue 1 , Issue 2

Sharmyn McGraw Public Speaker, Patient Advocate

Pediatric Cushing's, read about John's Foundation and Support for Pediatric Cushing's Patients and their family.

UCSF plans for Pituitary Support Group

Breaking ground in Cushing’s research with...The SEISMIC Study. Lewis S. Blevins, Jr., M.D. Medical Director, California Center for Pituitary Disorders at UCSF will be one of the leading investigators in this study. Dr. Blevins serves on the CUSH medical advisory board.

Recipe of the month

Quote's, poems, etc. for the month.

In Memory of Dr. Harvey Cushing the neurosurgeon who discovered Cushing's Syndrome. Cushing's Awareness Day April 8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CUSH Board of DirectorsCUSH Medical AdvisorsCUSH RepresentativesInformation about Cushing's test's, treatment, and recovery.
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