A 24-year-old member asked:
My endocrine system has gone haywire and i've been diagnosed with addison's, what can i expect now?
4 doctor answers • 11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Patricia Vuguinanswered
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Be complaint: Make sure that you are complaint with your meds and following carefully all the instructions how to increase the dose if you need to.
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Dr. Quang Nguyenanswered
Specializes in Endocrinology
Improvement: If the diagnosis (addison's) was made correctly and you are now properly treated (right dose of steroid), you will feel dramatic improvement in term of energy level as well as normalization of electrolyte problems. Make sure you take the pills as instructed by your treating physician.
6.1k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
Dr. Theresa Yanganswered
General Practice 11 years experience
Replace hormones: Your adrenal glands are not making enough cortisol and aldosterone. These hormones are important for maintaining blood pressure and salt balance. Your doctor will put you on corticosteroids, and maybe aldosterone(florinef) . You may need to adjust the dose of your medications with your doctor. With proper medical management, people with addison's disease can live long healthy lives.
6k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
A Verified Doctoranswered
30 years experience
Adrenal insufficient: Adrenal insufficiency is the outcome of addison's disease. Patients no longer make cortisol so treatment consists of replacing this with other steroids like Hydrocortisone pills a few times/day. Illness requires stress dose steroid dosing. Patients also have to be screened for other autoimmune diseases which can be associated, like thyroid and celiac sprue. An endocrinologist is a must.
5.7k viewsAnswered >2 years ago
Last updated Nov 28, 2017
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