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I think I may have Cushing syndrome. I am a 22-year old

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I think I may have Cushing syndrome. I am a 22-year old female. I have gained about 20 pounds in the past year, mostly in my stomach and face. I never sleep well; I either have a lot of strange dreams, or just can't fall asleep at all. I have gotten many deep, purple stretch marks on my thighs and my hips. I haven't had my period for months, but that could be a birth control issue. For a little more than a year now, my acne has gotten much worse. I never had bad skin until then. Sometimes I feel like my memory is getting worse. I never thought much of these symptoms until someone mentioned Cushing syndrome to me and I saw that they may all be part of the same problem.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  khagihara replied 1 year ago.

Are you taking any other medications?

Expert:  khagihara replied 1 year ago.

Do you have high blood pressure, facial red discoloration, muscle weakness in the proximal arms and legs, stretch marks (>1 cm wide and red/purple), and easy bruising?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I stopped taking birth control about a month ago, and I am not on any other medications. I do not have high blood pressure. I'm not sure if I am bruising easily, but I often find bruises that I don't know what caused them. I have gotten many stretch marks over the past year, and most are dark colored, red and purple, and a few are about a cm wide. I'm not sure what proximal arms and legs mean, but I have lost a lot of muscle in my quads.
Expert:  khagihara replied 1 year ago.

According to your description, you could have Cushing syndrome. You should see an endocrinologist to have a test called dexamethasone suppression test.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you very much. I will make that appointment now.
Expert:  khagihara replied 1 year ago.

You are welcome. Take care.