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The diagnostic process can affect your emotions

There are several reasons why it often takes time to diagnose Cushing's disease. Cushing's disease is not often suspected until more common conditions are ruled out. Once it is suspected, several tests have to be performed in order to make an accurate diagnosis. Most people are frustrated by the diagnostic process because they want to know what is causing their symptoms as soon as possible so that they can begin to manage their condition. You may have to help your doctors, family, and friends understand what you have been through and how it affects your emotions.

Help people understand your perspective

Time you have been living with Cushing's disease

Time your
primary care physician
has been helping you
Time an
endocrinologist
has been helping you
  • First time symptoms are noticed
  • First time Cushing's disease is suspected
  • Diagnostic process begins
  • Cushing's disease diagnosis is confirmed
  • Cushing's disease action plan begins

Once you begin the diagnostic process for Cushing's disease, there are things that you can do to help people better understand your emotions.

  • Try to explain your condition

When people understand your situation, they are better able to give you emotional support

  • Remember that the diagnostic process is complex

Several steps and medical tests are involved, so try to remember that these tests are necessary to help your doctor determine the best course of action

  • Identify people in your life who can provide emotional support

It is helpful to have someone in your life who is there to listen when you have problems and who can speak up for you when other people are not sensitive to your situation

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