Amy Schumer is diagnosed with Cushing's syndrome - what are the symptoms and can it be treated?

Actor and comedian Amy Schumer, pictured in 2022. (Picture: Getty Images)Actor and comedian Amy Schumer, pictured in 2022. (Picture: Getty Images)
Actor and comedian Amy Schumer, pictured in 2022. (Picture: Getty Images) | Getty Images
Amy Schumer has announced she has Cushing's syndrome after being bombarded with online trolls commenting on her appearance

Actor and comedian Amy Schumer has been diagnosed with Cushing's syndrome. In a week where the 42-year-old has hit back at online trolls over her appearance, it has now been revealed that she was diagnosed with Cushing's syndrome.

This is a rare condition caused by having too much of a hormone called cortisol in your body, with one of the main symptoms being weight gain. Life and Beth star Schumer also has endometriosis - another reason for her appearance changing recently - and had been taking doxycycline after getting Lyme disease in 2020.

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Speaking to News Not Noise, the actor said: "While I was doing press on camera for my Hulu show, I was also in MRI machines four hours at a time, having my veins shut down from the amount of blood drawn and thinking I may not be around to see my son grow up. So finding out I have the kind of Cushing's that will just work itself out and I'm healthy was the greatest news imaginable.

"It has been a crazy couple weeks for me and my family - aside from fears about my health, I also had to be on camera having the internet chime in. But thank God for that, because that's how I realised something was wrong.

"The shaming and criticism of our ever-changing bodies is something I have dealt with and witnessed for a long time. I want so much for women to love themselves and be relentless when fighting for their own health in a system that usually doesn't believe them."

According to the NHS, Cushing's syndrome can usually be treated. If it is caused by steroids, a patient's steriod dose will be gradually reduced or even stopped altogether.

If a tumour caused Cushing's syndrome to develop, then surgery and radiotherapy can cure it. Medicine can also be prescribed to reduce the effect of cortisol on a person's body.

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