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Many things: Hi. Addison's disease is primary adrenal failure, usually of autoimmune etiology. The patients feel fatigue & malaise, dizziness on standing, nausea, loss of appetite, weight loss, low BP, high pulse, darkening skin, low blood sodium, high blood potassium, hi ACTH & low cortisol. In the untreated state, any severe illness, infection, trauma, etc can be lethal. Treat with Cortef & Florinef. ...Read more
Addison's disease is a medical condition in which the adrenal glands do not produce enough hormones. The adrenal glands are small organs that sit above the kidneys and secrete important hormones that are responsible for maintaining body fluid and electrolyte levels and helps ...Read more
Weakness, low BP : In addison's disease, one's adrenal glands are not producing enough cortisone, aldosterone, & sex hormones. BP is very low; hr can be fast. Chronic nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea; extreme fatigue & weakness; salt craving; darkening of skin in some places, paleness in others -- the person can look patchy. With hormone replacement therapy, normal life is possible. http://tinyurl.com/4ytupea. ...Read more
Yes: What you need to know, as an ordinary person, is that in the us it is usually due to autoimmunity, in the rest of the world it is often due to tuberculosis, it is rare, most people who think they have it are actually responding to life stress, it is easily ruled in or out with labs provided the practitioner knows what he/she is doing, and patients must take rx and carry a needle and information. ...Read more
Nope: Hi. Addison's disease can be treated, but not cured, much like type 1 diabetes, hypothyroidism, hypopituitarism, etc. Don't forget to talk with your doc about stress doses of your glucocorticoid (probably hydrocortisone or prednisone), and to have an injectable glucocorticoid on hand in case you can't keep anything down by mouth, to buy you time to get to the ER. All the best. ...Read more
Nothing simple here: Inability to make cortisol renders a person weak, sickly, often dark-complected, interferes with control of blood potassium and glucose, and puts them at risk for dying suddenly when stressed. Once diagnosed, it's managed easily enough but the person does well to sport a tag warning of addisonism so extra cortisol can be given in a medical crisis. Autoimmue form runs with other illnesses. ...Read more
What is it like to have addisons disease? What are the symptoms? Will it affect a person's day to day activities?
Depends: The symptoms depend on the length of the disease and on how low are the hormone levels. Usually, untreated, this condition is severe and can cause low blood pressure, lethargy, unconsciousness, low sodium, high potassium and low blood sugar - adrenal crisis. Earlier symptoms are inability to cope with sickness, weight loss, salt craving, sometimes darkening of skin. ...Read more
Yes absolutely.: Although rare, addison's does present in teens. If there is a family history of autoimmune diseases, this is even more likely. Addison's can be a life threatening illness, so if you have concerns, please speak to your doctor soon. Signs and symptoms can be non-specific and include fatigue and weakness, but what sets addison's apart is the accompanying skin changes and blood test abnormalities. ...Read more
Ruling out addisons disease what other conditions would cause me to excessively crave salt? I get up in the middle of the night & eat salt by the tabl
Not common: Sx of addison's disease can include: craving salt, muscle weakness, fatigue, weight loss, low blood pressure. Salt craving can also be seen in bartter syndrome and certain psychiatric conditions. Check w/your doctor for help as severe salt craving is obviously abnormal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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