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What is addison's disease and is something you can get or born with? I am experiencing major symptoms of adrenal fatigue.

What is addison's disease and is something you can get or born with? I am experiencing major symptoms of adrenal fatigue.

Addison Disease: Is an endocrine disease where adrenal glands do not produce sufficient steroid hormones, leading to abdominal pain, weakness, low blood pressure, fever, muscle weakness, fatigue, mood changes, GI symptoms, & cravings for salt. Cause can be poor development of adrenal glands, impaired steroid production, or destruction of adrenal glands such as by infection or autoimmune disease. ...Read more

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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Constantly tired no energy hot sweats memory problems can't focus or concentrate could it be Addison's disease or adrenal fatigue I feel exhausted?

Constantly tired no energy hot sweats memory problems can't focus or concentrate could it be Addison's disease or adrenal fatigue I feel exhausted?

Seek another reason: "Adrenal fatigue" is an dubious "pop" diagnosis given to people whose illnesses are probably psychosomatic -- not that this is not serious. Addison's would be worth ruling in/out but other entities -- even chronic carbon monoxide poisoning from a faulty home heater -- and a few dozen others need to be ruled out. Look also about how your life and your relationships are going. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Are the adrenal glands weak or destroyed having addison's disease?

Are the adrenal glands weak or destroyed having addison's disease?

Addison's disease: Chronic adrenal insufficiency, hypocortisolism, and hypoadrenalism) is a rare endocrine disease. The adrenal glands do not produce sufficient steroid hormones (glucocorticoids and mineralocorticoids). It may produce relatively nonspecific symptoms, such as abdominal pain and weakness, and generally diagnosed by lab tests and imaging studies. ...Read more

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Do women with addison's disease/adrenal insufficiency also suffer from low estrogen?

Do women with addison's disease/adrenal insufficiency also suffer from low estrogen?

Not necessarily: If you are a post menopausal female your adrenal glands are providing your only source of estrogen. So if you have low adrenal function you could most certainly have low estrogen. However, you may also then have other low hormone levels like Progesterone and testosterone. The truth is most women do not suffer from low estrogen, you need very little but they frequently suffer from low progesterone. ...Read more

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Addisons disease is caused by decreased functioning of the adrenal cortex. What causes the decreased functioning?

Addison's: There are a number of causes. Autoimmunity is common. Just as Hashimoto's causes decreased function of the thyroid, autoimmunity can cause Addison's disease. Other causes are Tb, hemorrhage (following surgery or severe infection), tumors. Or it can be secondary to pituitary problems. ...Read more

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My friend has a condition called 'addison's disease' which is a fault with his adrenal glands. If I'm a match, can I donate?

Not transplantable: You're so nice to offer a transplant, but Addison's isn't amenable to transplant therapy. Actually, it's quite easily managed provided the patient is compliant. Jack Kennedy had it while president. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What to do if my friend has a condition called 'addison's disease' which is a fault with his adrenal glands. If im a match, would it be possible to donate?

Can be manageable: It's wonderful you'd offer to donate for transplantation, but Addison's is quite manageable nowadays. He needs to carry a cortisol needle (learn how and when you might need to use it), and if you're ever both in an accident and he needs to be treated, let his phyiscians know. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my friend has a condition called 'addison's disease' which is a fault with his adrenal glands. If I'm a match, would it be possible to donate?

No: Hi. Addison's disease is not ever treated with organ transplant. It is very easily treated with medication and education about how to manage severe illness/stress. It's kind of you to think of donating an organ to help, but you get to keep your adrenals! You CAN, however, be listed as an organ donor on your driver's license in case you're killed. That's a nice thing to do for someone. ...Read more

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Is adrenal insufficiency the same as addison's disease?

Not exactly: Addison' s disease is a state of adrenal insufficiency but not vice versa as there are many other causes besides ad (an autoimmune disease) that can lead to cortisol deficiency state such as tuberculosis of the adrenals, hemorrhage of the adrenals, certain genetic storage syndromes and hypopituitarism. ...Read more

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What is primary adrenal insufficiency (addisons disease)?

What is primary adrenal insufficiency (addisons disease)?

Adrenal cortex: The adrenal cortex makes lots of hormones. Very important are cortisol and aldosterone which help maintain life and salt balance. Addison's disease is caused by adrenal cortex damage rendering it unable to make these hormones anymore, mostly autoimmune cause in us. Patients often have a bronzed look. Hydrocortisone replacement is a lifesaving necessity. Fludrocortisone may also become necessary. ...Read more

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Is primary adrenal insufficiency the same as addison's disease?

Is primary adrenal insufficiency the same as addison's disease?

Often, yes: Addison's disease is an autoimmune disease which harms the cortex of the adrenal glands. However, anything that damages the adrenal cortex can also cause primary adrenal insufficiency. ...Read more

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Is it true that addisons disease and adrenal insufficiency are the same?

Addison: Addison disease is the decreased function of the adrenal gland with decreased level of aldosterone. ...Read more

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What is the difference between addison's disease and primary adrenal insufficiency?

What is the difference between addison's disease and primary adrenal insufficiency?

Can be the same: Addison's disease is primary adrenal insufficiency and implies that the immune system is attacking the part of the adrenal gland which makes cortisol. Primary adrenal insufficiency doesn't have to be autoimmune, however. Secondary adrenal insufficiency is when the pituitary gland doesn't make enough acth, a hormone which signals the adrenal gland to make cortisol. ...Read more

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What is the difference between addison's disease & just having adrenal insufficiency?

Usually same: Addison’s disease (also chronic adrenal insufficiency) is a rare, chronic endocrine disorder in which the adrenal glands do not produce sufficient steroid hormones (glucocorticoids and often mineralocorticoids). With a number of relatively nonspecific symptoms, such as abdominal pain and weakness, but under certain circumstances, can be life-threatening. Addison's disease occurs in all age groups. ...Read more

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Could you tell me if I've had some blood work on my adrenal glands does that rule out addison's disease?

Not really: Addison's disease is caused by low function or decreased function of the adrenal gland. However, it can be within the sex hormones, glucocorticoid, or mineralocorticoid pathways. Each of these hormones (cortisol, aldosterone) controls different pathways and body functions, so you would need to test several things before excluding addison disease. ...Read more

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Could you let me know if I've had some blood work on my adrenal glands does that rule out addison's disease?

Could you let me know if I've had some blood work on my adrenal glands does that rule out addison's disease?

No you cannot: You need to have your thyroid function checked to determine what, if any problems exist. Only then could they be treated. ...Read more

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What is the difference, both in symptoms and treatment, between addisons disease and adrenal insufficiency?

What is the difference, both in symptoms and treatment, between addisons disease and adrenal insufficiency?

Same thing: Addison's disease is the name given to adrenal insufficiency, a condition recognized by traditional medicine. Adrenal exhaustion & adrenal fatigue are terms coined by anti-aging to describe a lesser degree of insufficiency. Consider addison's disease or adrenal insufficiency as a failing grade or f. Adrenal exhaustion & adrenal fatigue would then be suboptimal c or d grade but still normal. ...Read more

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Could use your help docs! A friend has a condition called 'addison's disease' which is a fault with his adrenal glands. If I'm a match, would it be possible to donate?

Not a treatment: Addisons is treated with supplementation of the under-produced hormones. Transplantation and the complex series of medications needed to prevent rejection would be more trouble than the simple treatment now available. Nice thought, but not realistic. ...Read more

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How does continuous anxiety affect a person with primary addison's disease and zero adrenal function?

How does continuous anxiety affect a person with primary addison's disease and zero adrenal function?

Worry: Anyone with generalized anxiety is likely to have a heightened sense of apprehension and worry (even to the point of paranoia), which is likely to become more apparent when faced with a medical problem. Simply getting a new medical diagnosis will probably worsen the anxiety. There is no direct connection between addison's disease and anxiety. ...Read more

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Can a positive ANA mean adrenal glands are damaged or addison's disease?

Usually not: Most low-titer-positive ana's mean nothing, and no lab means anything except in conjunction with a real human being. Having said this, I'm glad you're thinking of addison's -- lab diagnosis is reasonably easy. ...Read more

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Is it possible that adrenal cancer (primary or metastic) cause addisons disease. Can it also cause other adrenal problems?

Unlikely.: Involvement of the adrenals with cancer is not likely to cause adrenal insufficiency since most of the adrenal gland would need to be destroyed to produce that. ...Read more

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I have addison's disease but still feel extremely weak & fatigued each day despite always taking my steroids. How can I increase my energy levels?

See a doctor: I would see a doctor and let them know that you are still feeling fatigued even after taking medication. If it is severe fatigue then this can be serious and should be looked at. Hope this helped :]. ...Read more

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Can addison disease present symptoms of hypoKpp? I have low cortisol, and bouts of low K and glucose. Weakness, numbness, fatigue, thirst, lightheaded

Addison's disease: Adrenocortical insufficiency is an unusual disorder of the adrenal cortex that controls mineralocorticoid, androgen, and glucocorticoid function. It typically arises in the 30-50's and is insidious in its onset. It has a variety of symptoms including the ones you mention. However, the potassium abnormalities are usually elevated and not low. Please see an Endocrinologist for further details. ...Read more

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Could a person have Addison's disease with a normal CBC? Normal sodium, potassium, and glucose within the general test. Symptoms of fatigue/dizziness.

Addisons disease: Why are you thinking this? There are special tests for addisons disease. You need to give mor symptoms. Having fatigue and dizziness can be from many possible reasons. Begin with a very good history. See doctor and start there ...Read more

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Do women with addison's adrenal insufficiency have low estrogen?

Not significantly: The adrenal glands produce hormones which are precursors to estrogen, but that only comprises a small amount relative to what the ovaries make. Ovaries are the source of most estrogen in females. If menstrual cycles are irregular in properly treated addison's disease, autoimmune disease of the ovaries may need to be considered also. ...Read more

Dr. Melissa Haglund
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Adrenal Fatigue (Definition)

Adrenal fatigue is not a recognized diagnosis in science based medicine. Although inconsistent with our understanding of adrenal physiology, the theory is that the adrenal glands "wear out" after a prolonged stress leading to fatigue. There is no evidence or reason to believe this occurs. When the adrenals are damaged or fail in conditions such as addison's disease -- ...Read more