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Doctor insights on: Adrenal Gland Disease Symptoms

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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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Can Lyme disease cause adrenal insufficiency?

Can Lyme disease cause adrenal insufficiency?

Lyme disease: There is much speculation, primarily in the lay press about "adrenal exhaustion" due to lyme disease. This seems to be purely theoretical and not based on any firm scientific evidence. The problem is that there is much we do not understand about lyme disease, and it has been the speculative cause of many unexplained illnesses. Stick to "proven" facts, and adrenal insufficiency is not. ...Read more

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What causes adrenal gland problems?

What causes adrenal gland problems?

Many causes: "adrenal problems" is a very broad question. Your adrenal produces hormones, including cortisol and adrenaline. We need these hormones to sustain life; they are increased in response to stress. Adrenal failure can be from autoimmunity; adrenal overactivity from tumors. Alternative practitioners often allege “adrenal fatigue” from chronic stress. See an endocrinologist for adrenal problems. ...Read more

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Describe symptoms of an overactive thyroid gland?

Describe symptoms of an overactive thyroid gland?

A complex of symp.: Irritability, emotional lability, anxiety, easy fatigability, excessive sweating, excess heart rate, heat intolerance, excess appetitite, weight loss, hyperdefecation, prominent eyeballs insome people , prominent thyroid in front of neck in some people which may be uniform and non uniform , tremors of hands, menstual irregularities-scanty or absent periods, gynaecomastiaand ed in men, increased urination. ...Read more

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What autoimmune disease causes over productive salivary glands?

What autoimmune disease causes over productive salivary glands?

Not typical: Typically an autoimmune disorder will not cause excess saliva. Reflux, new dentures, infection, pregnancy, or new medications can cause excess saliva. Some conditions affect muscle coordination and they can be associated with excess saliva. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of kidney cysts or adrenal gland tumors?

What are the symptoms of kidney cysts or adrenal gland tumors?

Most times no sympto: Kidney cysts have no symptoms and are benign adrenal tumors most of the time are symptomless and non cancerous.Rarely there is adrenal cortex carcinoma and need treatment, it is quite rare.Can cause pain, treatment may include surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation. ...Read more

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Symptoms of swollen thyroid gland?

Symptoms of swollen thyroid gland?

Goiter: An enlarged thyroid gland is called a goiter. Symptoms can be related to overactive thyroid function or underactive. Overactive symptoms include shakiness, palpitations, diarrhea, sweats, nervousness. Underactive symptoms include fatigue, weight gain, constipation, coarse hair and skin. If your gland is enlarged you should see your doctor. ...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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Can celiac disease cause thyroid goiter?

Can celiac disease cause thyroid goiter?

Not at all: In CD your body makes antibodies that attack the gut tissue. These antibodies do attack the thyroid & do not cause goiter. The fact that you have CD makes you more prone to quirks in your immune system such as an immune attack on your thyroid gland. People should never self label as CD, but have the tests done and medical follow up because of the added risk of other autoimmune diseases or cancer. ...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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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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Are a pituitary and adrenal tumor related?

Are a pituitary and adrenal tumor related?

Sometimes: Cushing disease occurs when the pituitary gland produces a substance that causes both adrenal glands to secrete too much cortisol. This excess cortisol leads to a series of problems that may include diabetes, hypertension, obesity, fatigue, porr wound healing, and others. Treatment is usually directed at the pituitary tumor. ...Read more

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Could you please describe hyperfunctioning adenoma of the adrenal gland?

Could you please describe hyperfunctioning adenoma of the adrenal gland?

Secreting hormones: Adrenal glands often get nodules/lumps/adenomas. They don't always secrete excess hormone. When they do, they can secrete aldosterone, norepinephrine, or cortisol. Each causes a syndrome: aldosteronoma, pheochromocytoma, cushing's. All include hypertension. If you have this, you should be seeing an endocrinologist. ...Read more

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Can hoshimotos automimmune disease of the thyroid make the submandibular glands enlarged? Or any salivary glands enlarged?

Possible: Auto immune etiology is the reason for thyroid disease in Hashimoto's .The same pathology -autoimmune if directed against the salivary glands Vs lymph nodes is possible. But make sure that the thyroid disease is Hashimoto's and not thyroid cancer. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of an underactive thyroid gland?

What are symptoms of an underactive thyroid gland?

Hypothyroid: Typically low energy and possibly weight gain, but - beware - most patients with hypothyroidism have to get really bad before they notice the symptoms, blood testing can check it much earlier. ...Read more