Cushing's-like symptoms years after heavy Prednisolone use?

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Hi guys,

?I'm a 36-year-old male who was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease aged 10 and prescribed heavy doses of Prednisolone (up to 60mg in short bursts) throughout my adolescence. I had the usual awful side effects from the steroids although they decreased greatly when I tapered off the meds. Years later, however, I still have certain mild Cushing's-like symptoms, such as moon/red face, thin skin, acne, and weight gain around the midsection and face. This is years after I last took Prednisolone regularly.

Has anybody else suffered from permanent Cushing's-like symptoms despite coming off Prednisolone, or have any idea how these symptoms might be treated?



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    With a background of prednisone given to you it sounds like you have Exogenous Cushing , which is caused by using the prednisone medication. With the symptoms you have listed I would think it a good idea to make an appointment with a endocrinologist to do a workup testing your adrenal glands and your pituitary gland to see what is happening. I hope you find the answers you need

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    Hi Paul,  I was going to say exactly the same as the previous reply.  I agree that it sounds like Exogenous Cushings caused by Predsinole.  As Cyclic says I would ask for an appointment with a GP with a view to seeing an Endocrinologist.  Let us know how you get on.
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    Hi Paul,

    Unfortunately it takes long time but if I were you would discuss with my Dr to check your hormone levels and probably a low dose dexamethasone suppression test would be helpful too so they can check everything if you have other problem.


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