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How do you treat adrenal insufficiency?

How do you treat adrenal insufficiency?

Steroid replacements: The adrenal gland produces more than one type of steroid . In adrenal crisis, the patient needs intravenous fluids, intravenous steroids and rest-true crisis to be treated in a hospital setting. With cortisol deficiency, cortisol replacement is needed.-accomplished with hydrocortisone, Prednisone etc..A deficiency of adrenal mineralcorticoid production or aldosterone, Fludrocortisone is treatment. ...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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What is one way to treat an adrenal insufficiency?

Steroids: If your adrenals have failed (called addison's disease) you need to be on adrenal replacement. This is usually hydrocortisone, maybe with Fludrocortisone too. Be careful, however. There are people treating "adrenal fatigue" with inadequate testing when in fact there is nothing wrong with the adrenals. One cannot rely on symptoms alone. An acth (cortrosyn) stim test is usually done for diagnosis. ...Read more

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How can I tell whether I have adrenal insufficiency?

How can I tell whether I have adrenal insufficiency?

Many: Aside from symptoms & physcial signs: fatigue, low blood pressure, low blood sugar, nausea/vomiting, abdominal pain, dizziness, adrenal insufficiency is diagnosed through lab works (cortisol, acth, complete metabolic panel).There is a test called acth stimulatory test that can diagnose adrenal insufficiency.This test is more involved than a blood draw but can provide your doc with useful data. ...Read more

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Is it true that adrenal insufficiency is hereditary?

No: Hi. No, not as in a single gene defect. Adrenal enzyme deficiencies (one gene, 2 copies for each enzyme - 1 from mom & 1 from dad) are hereditary. Adrenal insufficiency is usually autoimmune, infectious, malignant, or hemorrhagic; not single gene defects. ...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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What is the definition or description of: Adrenal insufficiency?

Impaired adrenals: 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). ...Read more

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Hypoadrenalism, hypocortisolism and adrenal insufficiency.. Is it the same?

Hypoadrenalism, hypocortisolism and adrenal insufficiency.. Is it the same?

Yes and no: They are often, and incorrectly, used interchangeably. Hypocortisolism is low cortisol, no matter what the cause. Hypoadrenalism is a general term which does not specify which hormone or hormones are low. Adrenal insufficiency means a deficiency in all adrenal hormones, but is incorrectly used to refer to low cortisol levels. Pituitary deficiency can cause low cortisolare you now properly confused. ...Read more

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Can kidney cysts cause adrenal insufficiency?

No: The adrenal glands, sitting on top of each kidney, are typically preserved in cystic kidney diseases. However that does not exclude screening for ai if clinical features are present such as unexplained hypotension, salt craving or worsening headaches. ...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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Dr. Patricia Foster
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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


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