Does Anybody Really Know What Cushing’s Is?

Great news (I hope) for people who suspect they may have a medical condition such as Cushing’s disease and are concerned about their health.

A clinical trial made public in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (JOCEM) discovered that a 24-hour urine-free, (not something I totally understand yet) test for cortisol is significantly more accurate when it comes to diagnosing Cushing’s syndrome in adults. Scientists gathered data and after analyzing it, determined that out of the 137 adults who were in the study (all with high levels of cortisol), approximately 38 people had been previously diagnosed with the syndrome, but just under 100 people had not received a proper diagnosis from their physicians.

Now, I will be the first to admit that I am no clinician, but I have to admit that after skimming through this article, in Bel Marra Health that reviewed the JOCEM article, I wish I were! I surely would be better able to understand it.

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Sometimes I just don’t get it…. [Source: giphy.com]
I mean, is the article stating that out of 137 people, scientists were able to accurately diagnosed ONLY 38 people? And of the other 99 people who were allegedly suffering from symptoms,did they not receive a proper diagnosis? If that’s the case, then it appears that different testing is needed.

Clearly, there are different tests that are required to accurately diagnose Cushing’s syndrome, a disease of exclusion, meaning that doctors have to rule out other diseases and conditions. I can also understand how frustrating it must be for doctors because they have limited time with their patients. Still, that’s another reason why it’s so important to help spread awareness about Cushing’s disease. With more informed people, fewer people will experience continued health problems, and better treatments will be developed.

Did you understand the test results? If so, can you please share and post on Patient Worthy? I’d like help to get the big picture.


Alisha Stone

Alisha Stone

Alisha Stone has a BA in psychology and is dedicated to improving the lives of others living with chronic illnesses.

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