Can I Get Disability Benefits for Hyperadrenocorticism?
Hyperadrenocorticism, High Cortisol Levels, and Receiving Social SecurityYour endocrine system is a system that is made up of glands. A type of hormone is secreted into your bloodstream by each one of these glands for the purpose of helping to regulate your body. Hyperadrenocorticism is an endocrine disorder. Hyperadrenocorticism is a disorder that develops when your body is exposed to high levels of the hormone cortisol for a long, extended period of time. Hyperadrenocorticism is a disorder that takes place when your body produces too much of the hormone cortisol. Your adrenal glands are located right above your kidneys. Hyperadrenocorticism occurs when your adrenal glands produce too much cortisol. Hyperadrenocorticism may also come about from taking too much cortisol or other steroid hormones. Hyperadrenocorticism is known by other names. It is also referred to as hypercortisolism hypercorticism and Cushings syndrome. Fortunately, hyperadrenocorticism is a relatively rare disorder. Adults who are between the ages of 20 and 50 get this disorder most often. It is estimated that somewhere around 10 to 15 out of every one million people in the United States are affected by hyperadrenocorticism every year. Hyperadrenocorticism was first reported and described by the American doctor Harvey Cushing in 1932. This is why one of the names for the disorder is after his name. One of the reasons why hyperadrenocorticism occurs is because your bodys tissues are exposed to excessive levels of cortisol over a long, extended period of time. This can take place because you are having to take corticosteroids, such as prednisone for conditions like lupus, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis or other inflammatory diseases or for immunosuppression after having had a transplant of some kind. Hyperadrenocorticism is also the result of your body making too much cortisol. This takes place when there is some type of malfunction with your adrenals or their regulating switches in your pituitary gland or hypothalamus. The signs and symptoms caused by hyperadrenocorticism are different. However, usually, you may experience things like:
- ? A rounded face
- ? An increased amount of fat that occurs around your neck
- ? Obesity in your upper body
- ? Thinning of your legs and arms.
- ? Your bones becoming weaker
- ? Purplish pink stretch marks that show up on your breasts, abdomen, arms, buttocks and thighs
- ? Your skin healing poorly and bruising easily
- ? Normal, routine activities, such as bending or lifting or rising out of a chair may lead to backaches and rib and spinal column fractures
- ? Your skin may become thin and fragile.
- ? Muscles that are weak
- ? Anxiety and depression
- ? Hyperglycemia (high blood sugar)
- ? Fatigue that is severe
- ? Irritability
- ? Men may have a decrease in fertility and an absent or diminished desire for sexual intercourse
- ? Women may have excessive hair growth on their thighs, abdomen, chest, face and neck
- ? Women may also experience menstrual periods that become irregular or that stop
- ? Hypertension (high blood pressure).