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Checklist: Body and Skin Symptoms

Print these symptoms to take to your doctor to help with your diagnosis. Check off each day that you have observed this symptom. Rank symptoms on a scale of 1 (present, but not bad), 2 (fair), 3 (bad) and 4 (unbearable!). Also helpful to take are any past medical records; pictures of yourself when you were thinner, had more hair, no straie, etc.

Note: Not every patient has every symptom. Do not attempt to diagnose yourself.

This list is a partial checklist of frequently-noticed symptoms. Carefully filling out this checklist and taking it to your medical personnel can be an important first step in getting appropriate testing and the proper medical diagnosis. Please show this to your qualified medical personnel.

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Body and Skin

Heart and blood

Thyroid

Bones and Muscles

Psychological

Men

Eyes

Sleep

Women

Hair

Miscellaneous

Children

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Name: __________________________________

Doctor's Name____________________________

Today's Date: ____________________________

Page ___ of ____

Possible Symptoms

First Noticed

Date Date Date Date Date Date Date

Body and Skin Issues

Fatness of the face, sometimes called "moonface"*, neck and trunk C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Moonface (not just a round face, but extra fullness at the sides of the face beginning at the top of the ears that eventually swells up. Earlobes cannot be seen looking straight on. C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Facial plethora C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unexplained weight gain C, CFS, IBS, P, PR, T

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sudden weight gain C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weight gain in upper body, abdomen C, PCOS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accumulation of fat under the skin, but also in the abdomen (visceral fat) GH-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accumulation of body fat EC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weight gain. (often around the waist and thighs, resulting in "disappearing waistline" & changes in body shape.) C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ObesityCR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Buffalo hump", a fat accumulation over the upper back and trunk C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A roll of fat where the neck and shoulder meet. C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sub-clavical fat pads. C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thinning arms and legs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weight loss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ruddy complexion with purple markings C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pink or purple stretch on the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, arms and breasts (striae) C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Violaceous striae wider than 1 cm C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diminished resistance to infections C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easy bruising, poor healing after cuts and bruises C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acne C, P, PM, T

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Painful skin rash (dermatitis herpetiformis) IBS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Skin rashes, especially "butterfly rash" on the nose and cheeks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Multiple skin tags A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hyperpigmentation or dark tanning AD, AN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sun sensitivity L

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oily skin A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fragile, thin skinC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dry skin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soft tissue thickening (flesh) palms of hands and soles of feet A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Skin thickening

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Skin ulcers on the fingers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Itchy, crawly skin (feeling of ants crawling under the skin, not just
dry, itchy skin) PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coarse facial featuresA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Excessive sweating A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweating and hot flashes PM, T

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Changes in body odor PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below normal temperature C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Increased sensitivity to cold C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Temperature
regulation abnormalities CR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feeling cold when others feel hot C, T

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Low body temperature C, T

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feeling hot when others feel cold PM, T

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raynaud's phenomenon (extreme sensitivity to cold in the
hands and feet)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elevated fever, higher body temperature IBS, L, T

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hot flashes, flushes, night sweats and/or cold flashes, clammy feeling PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments:

 

 

 

 

Possibility of

A

Acromegaly

AD

Addison's Disease (Adrenal insufficiency)

AN

Acanthosis nigricans

CFS

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

C 

Cushing's Disease or Syndrome

CSR

Central Serous Retinopathy

CR 

Craniopharyngioma

EC

Excess Cortisone, naturally occurring or from meds

F

Fibromyalgia

GH

Growth Hormone

GH-

Growth Hormone Deficiency

GH+

Growth Hormone Excess

IBS

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Celiac Disease/Gluten Intolerance)

L

Lupus

MS

Multiple Sclerosis

P

PCOS (Stein Leventhal Syndrome)

PM

Perimenopause

PR

Prolactinoma

RA

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Thyroid Disorders

NOTE:  This Checklist¬© is compiled from several sources, both online and offline.

If using this Checklist© in another publication, please include a link back to this page, if on the web; or the URL (http://www.cushings-help.com) in publications; the name Mary Kelly O'Connor, editor and founder of Cushings-Help.com

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