Question: My Cushing’s has been cured for about 3 years, but my muscle strength is still not like it used to be. I work out at a gym regularly, but is there anything else that I can do to try and recover my strength?
Answer: Deterioration of muscle function is a common consequence of Cushing’s syndrome. The majority of patients recover full muscle strength and performance after cure of their Cushing’s syndrome. Physical therapy and a high protein diet have both been shown to improve muscle strength in patients with steroid-induced muscle damage. After cure, most patients recover normal muscle strength within 1-2 years.
By Dr. James Findling MD (June, 1997)