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Mom has all symptoms of addisons but blood work was negative for that and hashimoto. Any ideas what it could be? Auto Immune???

Mom has all symptoms of addisons but blood work was negative for that and hashimoto.  Any ideas what it could be?  Auto Immune???

I don't know: what symptoms you're referring to, but symptoms don't cause disease, it's the other way around. If the testing indicated no abnormality, you need to look for other possible causes. Talk w/her doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. David Geffner
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Addison's Disease (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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My mom has all symptoms of addisons except salt cravings. Blood work came back negative for that and hashimoto. Any ideas? Could it be auto Immune?

My mom has all symptoms of addisons except salt cravings.  Blood work came back negative for that and hashimoto.  Any ideas?  Could it be auto Immune?

Symptoms in medicine: Hi. Here's a very well time tested and proven philosophy of medicine: there is no symptom specific to any single disease, and no disease specific to any single symptom. So when you say someone has symptoms of an incredibly rare disease (e.g., Addison's) bear in mind those same symptoms can be seen WITHOUT that disease, with some other disease, or with no identifiable disease. Good luck to your Mom ...Read more

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Have hashimotos thyroiditis. Unintentional weight loss of 20 lbs over 3 months, and headaches so bad i vomit. Family hist of addisons any correlation?

Have hashimotos thyroiditis. Unintentional weight loss of 20 lbs over 3 months, and headaches so bad i vomit. Family hist of addisons any correlation?

Yes: Both hashimoto's thyroiditis and addisons disease are autoimmune disorders that can occur together. If you have unexplained weight loss, vomiting, low blood pressure with standing you definitely need to be checked for addison's with a Cortrosyn stimulation test and acth level. ...Read more

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Have hashimotos. Am cortisol in normal range. Can i still have addisons? 20lbs weight loss over few months headaches nausea vomit not on levothyroxin

Less likely: Hashimoto disease more commonly cause weight gain without synthroid (thyroxine) replacement. If your still concerned the definitive test to rule out addison disease will be Cosyntropin stimulation as random cortisol level could be inaccurate and variable. ...Read more

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U/s confirmed many nodules.Bx schedules, high platelets, wbc, pot. &anemic.Chronic fever.Low acth 3. Checking addison's, cancer, hashimotos. Any thoughts?

U/s confirmed many nodules.Bx schedules, high platelets, wbc, pot. &anemic.Chronic fever.Low acth 3. Checking addison's, cancer, hashimotos. Any thoughts?

Expert specialist: Care is needed and it appears you are in the loop. It sounds as if you have multiple nodules in the thyroid, and concerns about thyroid disease. Biopsy will help with the question of cancer, but follow up with an endocrinologist is essential. ...Read more

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Sick, extreme fatigue, high platelet, potassium, severe anemia, low tsh, low acth 3.Goiter on thyroid.Hashimotos is in question&addison's.Whats wrong w/me?

Sick, extreme fatigue, high platelet, potassium, severe anemia, low tsh, low acth 3.Goiter on thyroid.Hashimotos is in question&addison's.Whats wrong w/me?

Big picture: Cannot diagnose you in one paragraph. I would have to do a major work up. But possiblities include an infection such as lyme, toxicity of some kind including heavy metals, micronutrient deficiencies, etc. There is likely more than one thing going on. See a good endocrinologist if you have not done so yet. ...Read more

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Without knowing what caused my adrenal insufficiency plus autoimmune thyroiditis, low-t, low vit. D, etc, is the adrenal problems likely to reoccur?

Without knowing what caused my adrenal insufficiency plus autoimmune thyroiditis, low-t, low vit. D, etc, is the adrenal problems likely to reoccur?

Gland problems: If you have insufficiency of adrenals, thyroid, and gonads, you may have one of the autoimmune polyendocrine syndromes. The glandular failures, when they occur in this relatively rare disorder, are usually permanent. But you need to be under the care of an endocrinologist, who is best equipped to diagnose and treat this. ...Read more

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Can whole body itching (without a rash) be caused by hashimoto's/adrenal insufficiency? and would this indicate under-treatment?

Can whole body itching (without a rash) be caused by hashimoto's/adrenal insufficiency? and would this indicate under-treatment?

Depends: When you thyroid is underactive, your metabolism is operating at an abnormally slow rate. Your skin is unable to grow and replace itself as it should. Additionally, your sweat and oil-producing glands are unable to function as efficiently as they could otherwise. Dry itchy skin is most often associated with hypothyroidism, but your lab values are better indicators of disease control. ...Read more

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I don't know cause of adrenal insufficiency, autoimmune thyroiditis, low-t.1yr later i feel worse, no drive, seizures etc. What's best to ask new endo?

I don't know cause of adrenal insufficiency, autoimmune thyroiditis, low-t.1yr later i feel worse, no drive, seizures etc. What's best to ask new endo?

Tell it like it is: Just tell your endo exactly what you have mentioned. If necessary, a rheumatologist's help may be needed to control your autoimmune issues which may be affecting things other than your glands. ...Read more

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Have adrenal insufficiency, autoimmune thyroiditis and low t. Holistic doc has me on 25mg dhea. Now testosterone is high. Any thoughts or concerns?

Complex Issue: It appears likely that the symptoms mentioned are very interconnected and the treatment (meds) are commonly used safely in combination. Optimal results will require a delicate hormonal balance that may that time to find - and then maintain. There is a informative site from a dr in nyc that might explain some issues. http://raphaelkellmanmd.com/hypothyroidism-low-thyroid-and-associated-conditions/. ...Read more

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What is it like to have addisons disease?

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 (hydrocortisone) & Florinef. ...Read more

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Is there a connection between addisons disease and diabetes?

Is there a connection between addisons disease and diabetes?

Connection: There is a condition called polyglandular syndrome consisting primarily of autoimmune thyroid, adrenal and type 1 diabetes. In general, whenever you have one autoimmune disease, you are at higher risk of developing another autoimmune disease. ...Read more

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What exactly does dhea pill do for you? Is it necessary to take when have addisons disease?

DHEA: A number of studies have found that dhea supplements may help people with depression, obesity, lupus, and adrenal insufficiency. Dhea may also improve skin in older people and help treat osteoporosis, vaginal atrophy, erectile dysfunction, and some psychological conditions. ...Read more

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Should i get checked for possible addisons disease if I have a family history of addison's disease.

Should i get checked for possible addisons disease if I have a family history of addison's disease.

If symptomatic: There's a familial addison's but most is sporadic. If you know you should be eating but dont want to, and are losing weight, it's reason enough to screen anyone for addison's. ...Read more

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Why do I crave salt excessively? I've read among other diagnosis that craving salt is a symptom of addisons disease?

Why do I crave salt excessively? I've read among other diagnosis that craving salt is a symptom of addisons disease?

Possibly: Although salt craving is a symptom of addisons disease, most people who crave salt do not have this disorder, as it is very rare. Major symptoms of addisons also include loss of appetite, nausea, weight loss, lightheadedness when standing due to low blood pressure, skin darkening. If addisons disease is suspected, the diagnosis should be confirmed by an endocrinologist before starting medication. ...Read more

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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

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 more

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Can a teen have addisons disease?

Can a teen have addisons disease?

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

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What does addisons disease do to a person?

What does addisons disease do to a person?

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

Dr. Cayce Jehaimi
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Adrenal Insufficiency (Definition)

Adrenal insufficiency is either an absent or abnormally low production and/or secretion of hormones produced by the adrenal gland. Hormones produced by the adrenal glands include those involved with salt regulation, sugar metabolism, and sex hormones ...Read more