A member asked:

My endocrine system has gone haywire and i've been diagnosed with addison's, what can i expect now?

11 doctors weighed in across 4 answers
Dr. Patricia Vuguin answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

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.

Answered 7/20/2012


Dr. Quang Nguyen answered

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.

Answered 10/3/2016


Dr. Theresa Yang answered

Specializes in General Practice

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.

Answered 11/28/2017


Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss answered

Specializes in

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.

Answered 6/25/2014



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