Popular questions...


What are the symptoms of Cushing's syndrome?

Signs and symptoms of Cushing's syndrome include: fast, unexplained weight gain, usually concentrated in the upper body, but thin limbs and buttocks; rounded face (moon face) and a 'buffalo hump' of fat above the shoulders and around the neck; thin, fragile skin that bruises easily and purple-red lines or strips (striations), especially on the stomach, thighs, shoulders and upper arms; mood changes, irritability, anxiety, memory problems and poor concentration; sleep problems, insomnia; fatigue, weakness; thirst and frequent urination; in women, excess hair growth, menstrual changes, difficulty getting pregnant and diminished sex drive; in men, erectile dysfunction and decreased sex drive and fertility, and; in children, slow growth and bone weakness, leading to bone pain, back pain and other back problems.

FAQ Frequently asked questions

Related Topics

About this article

Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 13 Jul 2015
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
Rating: 4.7 out of 5
Votes: 253 (Click smiley face below left to rate)
Category: Cushing's syndrome


Welcome to Health&. We aim to help keep you healthy and well.

We provide helpful information and guidance to manage your health. The information is personalised to allow you to make better decisions about your health. We use the latest medical guidelines and provide information that has been reviewed by doctors at Health&. It is important to note that we only provide information - we do not provide medical diagnosis, treatment or advice. The health information provided should not be a substitute for professional medical care. Before acting on the information, please consult your doctor to make sure it is right for you. In the event of a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or emergency services - dial 000 (in Australia) or 911 (in the United States of America).

At Health&, you can securely store your health records. We respect the need for privacy and security of personal information. We are bound by legal requirements for privacy in Australia. Health& is also a registered Healthcare Provider Organisation (just like your doctor), so we will not share your personal information with anyone. We apply the highest levels of security for the storage, management and access of your personal information, using industry standards for encryption. To further safeguard your information, we recommend that you use a strong password and take care to protect it.

Health& is the first consumer-led population health study in Australia. We collect anonymous health data to support medical research and population health initiatives. The information contributes to major improvements in the health of communities. Your participation helps others to also benefit.

You need to be at least 18 years old to sign up. Please read the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy before using Health&.


Content goes in here.