Not all Cushies I have talked to have experienced this, but many have. It seems that in some Cushing's patients, when cortisol is high and the patient is able to sleep deep enough to dream, they can have horrible nightmares. These nightmares are fueled by the cortisol and what it does to your mind and emotions. It already wreaks havoc on your body and daily emotions, and one's ability to sleep soundly. But these nightmares can border on real. I had one last night that was so real, I was actually depressed most of the morning. Most of the time, I don't dream. When I do, it usually is a nightmare. And when I have them, I usually wake up screaming or crying.
The saving grace is that even though I wake up just as or more stressed than when I laid down, my wonderful wife is there to greet me on the other side. If you know a Cushie, today give them a hug. Not too hard, but hard enough. We don't want any bruising.

The Weary Zebra

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