Hump Behind the ShouldersPrednisone is a corticosteroid used to reduce inflammation and treat allergies. This medicine has many side effects including moon face and buffalo hump. Most people who use corticosteroids long-term develop Cushing's syndrome or just the moon face appearance, but few patients know how to deal with it. Moon face or moon facies can be related to obesity in addition to Cushing disease. It occurs during Prednisone therapy due buffalo hump due to steroids water retention, while buffalo hump is caused by fat redistribution.
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I went to my Dr about the exact same lump on my back neck and he did not tell me all this Serena, assuming your buffalo hump is due to taking steroids, it will go away when you stop taking the steroid although it can take a while. If it doesn't, I've heard you can do some of the new "non-invasive" liposuction procedures depending on the size, or just plain liposuction. If it is putting pressure on your neck or nerves etc. Serena- Have you found a way to fix the buffalo hump? A doctor I saw did not help at all I just want this to go away.
Mine looks exactly the same, only I'm not on medication and will have to undergo testing as to what's causing it. I was in tears at the doctors because I believed there was nothing i could do about it, but he told me to stop crying because they can just such the fat out. Needless to say this is a massive relief as I attributed it to being incredibly overweight which i'm not anymore I have had mine for many years but have only just started getting insecure about it.
I'm happy to know it can be fixed. My problems are that my doctors all seem to be treating the symptoms that come up, but never look for underlying causes Insomnia "here's some sleeping tablets" Polyuria "here's some antibiotics" Buffalo hump "we'll just liposuction that out" Dry Skin "drink more water" Depression "here, take this prozac" Weight gain "here are some appetite suppressants" Painful periods "here, go on the pill" I don't know what the hell I have but I am going to get to the bottom of it eventually!
Sounds like my doctor I just went for the hump in the middle of my back. I have had one of these my whole life and never knew whatt it is or why it is. Im glad to have found this even though the cause is not the same. I finally found the courage one time hard to do because of how embarassed I was abouot it and how hard I'd always tried to hide it and he told me it was nothing and not to worry about it because he had one to!
Maybe I should get a second opinion Hi, I have just noticed one of these on my neck a couple days ago, Looks exactly like yours, Although, I did not go to a doctor, Should I? I hate it, And I'm embarassed to wear my hair up. Even in this 90 degree weather. Would working out my back muscles help any? My doctor told me mine was from Peudo Cushings Syndrome. I have lupus and have been on low dose prednisone for apx. My hump is much bigger than yours and is causing pain in the neck and upper spine.
It is sometimes difficult to turn my head from side to side and my spine is starting to curve forward at the neck I am 5'2 and weigh I want to be free of the steroids but get a flare every time I go below 5mg. I want to have this thing removed but was told today that it would probably come back if I continue to take the prednisone. Has anyone had this removed only to have it return. This thing is so hideous and I have to ice it two or three times per day.
I don't think that song was about women with Lupus, but now that I've read all the lyrics I'm more inclined to think that it might have been. In any case, it's the tune that inevitably starts playing in my head when I think about this one particular aspect of having Lupus that I hide. Whereas you may have heard about the "butterfly" rash associated with Lupus, I bet you haven't heard about the Buffalo Hump!
Doesn't that just sound beautiful and feminine? I guess technically it's not a symptom of Lupus itself but it is a side-effect of the treatment. Now when I talk about steroids, I'm not talking about anabolic steroids The steroids I'm talking about are corticosteroids. Corticosteroids have an interesting history: Once a Miracle "Cure"? Corticosteroids or glucocorticoids, often just called "steroids", where once thought to be almost miraculous. In , at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota a group of arthritis patients were given daily injections of a corticosteroid.
The results were so striking and the improvement so dramatic that it was thought that the "cure" for arthritis had been discovered.
However, as the use of corticosteroids expanded over the years, side effects emerged and it was realized that high doses given over prolonged periods of time turned steroids into "scare-oids". Patients were warned of the potential problems, the use of corticosteroids became more conservative, and some patients were so frightened of them they even declined treatment.
When the immune system is suppressed, surprise surprise you are more likely to get infections, all kinds of infections. Add a 4 year old in pre-school with other little germ contaminated monsters running around her, breathing on her, playing with her, and then she comes home and jumps on Mommy and gives me a big slobbery kiss and hug with all those lovely kid germs I had been in bed for months, was horribly sick, anemic, basically having my initial flare of my diseases triggered by my pregnancy and child birth.
This little white pill made it possible for me to actually get out of bed. It even gave me a little bit of energy, where I hadn't had enough to even take a shower. I had started reading the message boards about Lupus and read all of these horrible things about Prednisone and I couldn't understand what these people were talking about. I even posted about how helpful it had been and asked why was it so awful. I received a rush of responses regarding the side effects especially the long-term effects of steroid use and the list of side-effects is long everything from cataracts, diabetes, thinning of the skin, glaucoma, increased blood pressure, mood swings, edema swelling due to water retention , suppressed adrenal gland hormone production, increased risk of infections, etc.
The biggest short-term side-effect is weight gain and not just a few pounds. We are talking about people putting on lbs. Also, this weight gain is accompanied by a redistribution of fat.
People develop what is called "moon face" because the fat settles in a circle around the face. I thought this lady's diagram was helpful although honestly her moon face is not particularly bad. Posted by Princess Lupus at 4: Serena August 28, at 8: Princess Lupus August 29, at 8: Anonymous September 14, at 7: Anonymous January 6, at 9: Monique Ramirez-Gasca August 20, at 6: Anonymous April 25, at 6: Heather lynn June 24, at 4: Jeannette Blackmon July 10, at Anonymous July 18, at Newer Post Older Post Home.
The Buffalo Hump is the rounded area at the top of my back.