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What to be aware of when diagnosed with adrenal insufficiency?

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Dr. Carlo Contreras
A Verified Doctoranswered
Surgical Oncology 19 years experience
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 15 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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