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Dr. David Geffner
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Addison's Disease (Overview)

Chronic adrenal insufficiency. You may consult this site for more information on this topic. Http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/addisons-disease/home/ovc-20155636 For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex.


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What are the symptoms of addison s disease like?

What are the symptoms of addison s disease like?

Addison's disease: Fatigue, lightheadedness while standing, muscle weakness, fever, weight loss, sweating, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, headaches, muscle/joint pains, mood changes.

Dr. David Geffner
258 Doctors shared insights

Addison's Disease (Overview)

Chronic adrenal insufficiency. You may consult this site for more information on this topic. Http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/addisons-disease/home/ovc-20155636 For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex.


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My husband lost his job and our insurance. I have Addison’s Disease and need refills on my Synthroid, Estrodoil, Cortef, Florinef and 2 Solu-Cortef In?

My husband lost his job and our insurance. I have Addison’s Disease and need refills on my Synthroid, Estrodoil, Cortef, Florinef and 2 Solu-Cortef In?

Contact local clinic: This is the public information site on Healthtap. We do not offer to diagnose or treat anyone for anything. If you have a condition that requires prescription meds you need to look to a local clinic for help. Sometimes you will find these affiliated with teaching hospitals.

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What is addison's disease?

What is addison's disease?

Adrneal failure: Rare but very serious, and often missed for a long time especially if the person is considered to suffer emotional illness. The adrenal cortex fails to make the cortisol that one needs to stay perky; nausea and weight loss are only the beginning. President kennedy suffered from it. Patients need to carry a medical alert and a cortisol needle.

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Is addison's disease painful?

Not physically: Addison's is often diagnosed late, after months or years of simply not feeling well. Physical pain is likely to be late from muscle cramps from sodium wasting. But having no energy, swinging moods, nausea, weight loss, and being told you have mental health issues hurts in its own way.

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Why's addison's disease so rare?

Life threatening: We're lucky it is uncommon, because untreated addison's disease can be fatal. Most addison's in developed countries is autoimmune, and sometimes associated with other autoimmune diseases (eg. Hashimoto's, type 1 diabetes, etc).

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What exactly is addison's disease?

Adrenal failure: Destruction or dysfunction of the adrenal cortex (from a variety of causes) leading to inadequate cortisol production. May be life-threatening as cortisol release is a critical part of the body's response to infection, inflammation and other stresses.

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What're the signs of addison's disease?

Addison's: Adrenal insufficiency with low cortisol levels causes hypoglycemia, low blood pressure and inability to respond to physiologic stress. Electrolyte abnormalities and increased skin pigment are also signs.

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What are the tests for addison's disease?

Primary vs secondary: The fault may lie in the pituitary which may produce too little acth. The adrenal responds normally to acth stimulation. If the gland is defective, there is impaired response to acth. In both there are low levels of corticosteroids in blood and urine, and similar electrolyte disturbances, e.G, high potassium.

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Do a lot of people get addison's disease?

Do a lot of people get addison's disease?

Addison's uncommon: Addison's disease, or chronic primary adrenal gland insufficiency, is uncommon in the US. The typical causes are either autoimmune, metastatic tumors, infections (such as tuberculosis) or bleeding injury of the adrenal glands. Many decades ago, when tuberculosis was more common in the US, there were relatively more cases of this infection causing Addison's.

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What sort of problem is addison's disease?

What sort of problem is addison's disease?

Needs Treatment: Addison's disease, which is rare, is failure of the adrenal glands - 2 glands adjacent to the kidneys that produce hormones: especially cortisol, aldosterone, adrenalin, and small amounts of sex hormones. Symptoms include low blood pressure, weight loss, weakness, and dizziness. Replacement therapy is mandatory once the DX is confirmed by lab tests as these hormones are necessary for life.

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How can I tell if I have addison's disease?

How can I tell if I have addison's disease?

Need labs: Symptomatically, your skin may look very tan, you may feel tired, weak, sickly. Abdominal pain, vomiting and exaggerated symptoms from routine colds, etc could indicate your body's inability to manage physiological stress. If you have other autoimmune diseases, addison's could be associated. Please discuss your concerns with your doctor.

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What are the symptoms of addison's disease?

Weakness &: Pigmentation. Addison disease produces weakness due to electrolyte disturbances, and increased pigmentation of the skin. Depending on the cause of the disease, there may be symptoms due to underlying pathology, e.g. Tuberculosis, amyloid, autoimmune disease etc. Under stressful circumstances it may lead to shock and death.

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What is the death rate of addison's disease?

What is the death rate of addison's disease?

100% untreated: If treated adequately the response is miraculous. They require steroids. Diagnosis is not easy because the levels of cortisol change during the time of day, the stimulation test with syntetic acth is not widely availa. Present. May be acute or insidious, with substantial fatigue and weakness associated with mucocutaneous hyperpigmentation, hypotension and/or postural hypotension, and salt craving.

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Who is more likely to get addison's disease?

Who is more likely to get addison's disease?

Other endocrine dz: People who have other autoimmune endocrine disease like thyroid disease or pituitary disease.

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What can you tell me about addison's disease?

Plenty: But in 400 characters: Most people who self-diagnose Addison's based on "pop" websites don't have it. If it's missed, it can cost a person their life, suddenly. Look for an underlying cause -- autoimmunity, TB, HIV infection, amyloid, several others. Often runs with hypothyroidism & some other items. Carry a cortisol needle and a medical-alert tag.

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Are there different types of addison's disease?

Are there different types of addison's disease?

Different mechanisms: Refers to dysfunction or destruction of he adrenal cortex, leading to inadequate cortisol production. This can occur from various mechanism, including autoimmune processes, acute adrenal hemorrhage, congenital adrenal hyperplasia or problems with long-chain fatty acid metabolism. The different causes can be important, with a gradual & insidious presentation versus an acute deterioration.

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