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What to be aware of when diagnosed with adrenal insufficiency?

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Dr. Carlo Contreras
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Adrenal crisis: If your adrenal insufficiency is serious enough that you are taking steroid replacement, then missing doses can be problematic. This is especially true if you also have some acute medical problem like an infection, heart attack, trauma injury. These events can contribute to what's called "adrenal crisis" which can be life threatening. Contact your doctor to see if your dose needs to be changed.
Dr. Jennie Law
Endocrinology 14 years experience
ID and sick days: Patients should get a medical id bracelet denoting the adrenal insufficiency status, as any situation where you can't speak for yourself, additional steroids given by medical personnel may be life saving. Also, know your sick day rules and learn how to give Dexamethasone for days you can't swallow your steroid pills.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

How is adrenal insufficiency diagnosed?

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Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Stimulation Test: Cortisol levels vary widely between individuals, and by time of day and are affected by illness. So random levels may not be helpful. A stimulation test with an injection of Cortrosyn to make the adrenals release cortisol is used. Blood is drawn just before, and 30 and 60 minutes after the Cortrosyn injection. Stimulated levels above 18-20 usually indicate normal adrenal function.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What can I expect after recently being diagnosed with adrenal insufficiency?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Replacement therapy: (taking hormones that your adrenals should be making, but can't).

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