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Dr. Cayce Jehaimi
377 doctors shared insights

Adrenal Insufficiency (Overview)

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 (e.g. derivatives of testosterone).


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What is adrenal insufficiency?

What is adrenal insufficiency?

Low adrenal function: The adrenal glands make a number of different hormones, most importantly cortisol. When a person's adrenals cannot make normal amounts of cortisol, they are diagnosed with adrenal insufficiency, or failure. This can be due to a problem in the adrenals (infection, tumor, bleeding, auto-immune destruction) or in the pituitary or parts of the brain that control the adrenals. ...Read more

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Dr. Cayce Jehaimi
377 doctors shared insights

Adrenal Insufficiency (Overview)

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 (e.g. derivatives of testosterone).


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How does adrenal insufficiency or its beginnings manifest in children ?

How does adrenal insufficiency or its beginnings manifest in children
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Subtle: The child simply seems unwell. May be sent for "mental health issues". By the time the brown skin, high potassium, high eosinophil count, headaches, nausea, weight loss have appeared, things are farther along. Please don't miss addisonism; it's easy to manage, saving junior's life and health. ...Read more

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Living with Addison's Disease (Checklist)

Wear a medic alert
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Take additional hydrocortisone/prednisone for fever or injury
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Any thoughts on cause of vibration like symptom, can it be related to my adrenal insufficiency, low-t, thyroiditis, poor renal function or seizures?

Any thoughts on cause of vibration like symptom, can it be related to my adrenal insufficiency, low-t, thyroiditis, poor renal function or seizures?

Possibly same cause: This is not an unusual symptom but it can be hard to find the cause. One possibility is mercury (or other heavy metal) toxicity- not easily diagnosed (it's best to do a chelation-challenge test). Mercury toxicity can cause thyroiditis, which can put stress on adrenals and lead to low t. Lyme disease could also cause all this. See http://bit.Ly/17lrp1j ; http://bit.Ly/igwd11 ; see comment:. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of adrenal insufficiency?

What are the symptoms of adrenal insufficiency?

Weakness + pigment: Adrenal insufficiency, addison disease, causes, weakness, electrolyte disturbances due to high potassium, increased pigmentation of the skin, especially palms. During stress, adrenal insufficiency may lead to shock. ...Read more

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Treating Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (Checklist)

Ask for STD testing
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Have your partner get STD testing
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Take all of your medication exactly as prescribed
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Use condoms when having intercourse to prevent STD transmission
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Is rapid heart rate and low blood pressure with the shakes a sign of adrenal insufficiency?

It can be: However, it can be a cause of literally hundreds of other things, including anything that is causing dehydration. When we dont have enough liquid on board, the heart speeds up, blood pressure goes down and the body makes lots of adrenaline to counteract this, causing shakes and anxiety. Adrenal insufficiency can also do this. First thing, get hydrated! second - call your doctor. ...Read more

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At university where seeing neurosurgery for spinal tumor but endocrinology there disagrees with mayo diagnosis of adrenal insufficiency, is it too dangerous to have neurosurgery there given ai issue?

At university where seeing neurosurgery for spinal tumor but endocrinology there disagrees with mayo diagnosis of adrenal insufficiency, is it too dangerous to have neurosurgery there given ai issue?

Wrong forum: This forum is not suited for the complex issue you have questions about. There is insufficient means to evaluate your history and make reasonable suggestions. Please talk to all of your doctors involved for the best advice and best wisshes for your recovery. ...Read more

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Living with Coronary Artery Disease (Checklist)

Take meds as prescribed
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Exercise daily as recommended by your doctor or trainer
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Limit meat, dairy, and fats as much as possible
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Eat whole grains only - not white bread
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What to be aware of when diagnosed with adrenal insufficiency?

ID and sick days: Patients should get a medical id bracelet denoting the adrenal insufficiency status, as any situation where you can't speak for yourself, additional steroids given by medical personnel may be life saving. Also, know your sick day rules and learn how to give Dexamethasone for days you can't swallow your steroid pills. ...Read more

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After acth stimulation test confirms adrenal insufficiency does it always need to be treated and/or followed up and how often?

Yes: Adrenal insufficiency means that your body is not able to produce enough steroids. Depending on the cause of adrenal insufficiency, you can be deficient in more than one steroid (cortisol and/or aldosterone). Your body needs these hormones, so it is important to follow-up with your dr. The frequency depends on how stable the disease is for the patient. ...Read more

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What are the tests for adrenal insufficiency?

Primary vs secondary: The fault may lie in the pituitary which may produce too little acth. The adrenal responds normally to acth stimulation. If the gland is defective, there is impaired response to acth. In both there are low levels of corticosteroids in blood and urine, and similar electrolyte disturbances, e.G, high potassium. ...Read more

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If you have adrenal insufficiency what foods should you avoid?

Foods?: Avoid any foods that keep you from going to the doctor to get your adrenal insufficiency properly evaluated and treated. In other words none. ...Read more

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Managing Peripheral Vascular Disease (Checklist)

Try to continue walking
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Make sure risk factors are addressed (blood pressure, cholesterol)
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Inspect your feet daily -- call your MD with any wounds
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What causes adrenal insufficiency?

Multiple causes: Infections of the gland by bacteria, including meningococcus and tb, metastatic tumors and primary tumors of adrenals, metabolic disorders, e.g., congenital adrenal hyperplasia, lack of pituitary stimulation, amyloid infiltration and sudden stoppage of steroid treatment etc. ...Read more

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I'm having adrenal insufficiency symptoms but inconclusive lab results, what does this mean?

Symptoms: I agree with Dr Knecht that this is a very rare disease, but as a general rule if adrenal glands are not working you would have low BP-causing dizziness when you try and get up, fatigue, poor appetite, skin changes. But these same symptoms can also be seen in other states too. ...Read more

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Living with Lyme Disease (Checklist)

Consult an infectious disease doctor.
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Treat symptoms
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See a specialist to treat the area where the symptoms are worst
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What is the most common way to treat adrenal insufficiency?

Adrenal hormones: Adrenal hormones of two types are usually used: 1) glucorticoids such as hydrocortisone, prednisone, dexamethasone: these regulate blood pressure, glucose levels, the immune system among other things 2) mineralocorticoids such as florinef: they regulate salt balance and blood pressure. ...Read more

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How would my glaucoma be treated if i was also treated for adrenal insufficiency?

No different: Glaucoma would not be treated any differently in a person with adrenal problems than one without. ...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


Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Addisonian Crisis (Definition)

Addisonian or acute adrenal crisis is a life-threatening condition that occurs when there is not enough cortisol, a hormone produced by the adrenal glands. It can manifest with fatigue, nausea, poor appetite, fever, joint pain, fatigue, coma, or seizure. Addison's disease is usually treated ...Read more