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What kind of dr should I see, and what tests should they perform, to check on my adrenal function?
Adrenal: An internist can help; however, an endocrinologist is a specialist that deals with the endocrine glands of our body; test that can be perfomed to check how the adrenal gland is working may include : corticosteroid level ( cortisol), catecholamine levels( epinephrine, norepinephrine), androgen level, aldosterone level, adrenocorticotropic hormone level (acth) etc... ...Read more
Potentially: Duromine is the stimulant phentermine. It can put a stress on your body, but usually not enough to do any real harm unless you exceed recommended doses. Also, you're on t3, (liothyronine) which is unsafe and inappropriate. Brand name T4 replacement is safer and more effective. ...Read more
It is one: Of many ways. Talk w/your doctor about what is best for you. ...Read more
Be Careful: Not sure what you mean by low adrenal function, but dhea is a mild testosterone like steroid which could cause virilization if you're female and might even lead to some gynecomastia if you're male because of ultimate estrogen conversion as part of normal metabolic pathway. If you have adrenal insufficiency, an endocrinologist should care for you; treatment is not dhea. Dhea is not w/o side effects. ...Read more
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
Is central diabetes insipidus related to adrenal insuffiency? Im having an ACTH test to check adrenal function.
Can be: Hi. If you have Addison's (skin, crease, gum, and scar darkening, malaise, nausea, dizziness, vital signs abnormalities, electrolyte abnormalities, etc), your ACTH will be very high. Addison's is most commonly an autoimmune disease. At least a subset of idiopathic central DI appears to be autoimmune in nature, and the risk of that goes up with other autoimmune diseases. If real, you got 2 rare 1's ...Read more
Taking supplements for adrenal functions but need blood test..How long does siberian ginsing, licorice root and bovine stay in system?
Adrenal Fatigue: First off, in addition to dr. James wilson's af site, this guy has a good article on af, causes, treatment etc. http://tinyurl.com/b8x5rvr as to how long things are in the system...We look at what doc's call "half-life"..This is the time it takes to get 1/2 of it gone. They say it takes 5 half lives to totally clear it. The half lives are- sg .8-7.4 hrs lr 5 hours (what do you mean bovine?). ...Read more
Found "reduced adrenal function" as a side effect of advair diskus (salmeterol and fluticasone).Is it same as adrenal fatigue;does it mean acceptance of "adrenal fatigue" concept?
Corticosteroids: The adrenal glands produce corticosteroids, as commanded by the pituitary gland.When taking a corticosteroid med, the pituitary detects the high level & reduces the signal to the adrenals.After taking corticosteroids long enough, it takes time to ramp up corticosteroid production again, leading to adrenal insufficiency if the corticosteroid med is suddenly stopped. This is not "adrenal fatigue." ...Read more
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