Cushing's Syndrome | Questions to Ask Your Doctor

  • What is the likely cause of my Cushing’s syndrome?
  • If the corticosteroid medicine I take is causing my Cushing’s syndrome, is there a different medicine I can take instead?
  • How do I safely stop taking a corticosteroid?
  • What are the results of my blood and/or urine test(s)? What do these results mean?
  • Will I need surgery? What risks are associated with surgery?
  • Will I need to take a cortisol replacement? For how long?
  • When can I expect relief from my symptoms?
  • Am I at risk for any long-term health problems?


Cushing's Disease: Clinical Manifestations and Diagnostic Evaluation by LF Kirk, Jr., M.D., RB Hash, M.D., HP Katner, M.D., and T Jones, M.D. (American Family Physician September 01, 2000,

Written by editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 02/14
Created: 09/00