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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 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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Will srni s help after an adrenal insufficiency is treated? Struggling with symptoms and bloodwork (cortisol) is on the low side of normal in the morn

Will srni s help after an adrenal insufficiency is treated? Struggling with symptoms and bloodwork (cortisol) is on the low side of normal in the morn

Proven?: Adrenal insufficiency diagnosis requires more than a morning cortisol. Is this addison's or is it more central, from the hypothalamus/pituitary? Other associated hormone deficiencies? Moods may be directly affected by hormone imbalances. A complete work up is essential. If adrenal insufficiency is being considered as a diagnosis an endocrinologist has to be involved. Feel better! ...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

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Can you please tell me effects or signs and symptoms of adrenal insufficiency?

Many: Muscle/joint pain, weakness, low blood pressure, salt cravings, loss of appetite, fatigue weight loss, irritability and depression are common signs of this condition, with fatigue usually being one of the earliest and most common. ...Read more

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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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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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Please tell me, could adrenal insufficiency cause the pregnancy symptoms?

Please tell me, could adrenal insufficiency cause the pregnancy symptoms?

Would be rare: Adrenal insufficiency causes extreme fatigue, weight loss, salt craving and abdominal pain and sometimes vomiting . Pregnancy can causes vomiting and tiredness but should be associated with weight gain not loss and not abd pain. The 2 are rarely if ever confused. ...Read more

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Can adrenal insufficiency cause the pregnancy symptoms? Need expert opinions!

Pregnancy symptoms: Adrenal insufficiency can cause fatigue and many other symptoms. What particular symptoms of pregnancy are you wondering about? It would not typically cause nausea or vomiting. ...Read more

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Adrenal insufficiency symptoms but inconclusive lab results, what to do?

Big picture: If you have self-diagnosed "adrenal axis disorder" based on something you read on the internet, but your acth stimulation test did not allow the diagnosis of addisonism, you're in no danger. Your life situation and perspectives may be making you feel this way and perhaps they can be adjusted. True addisonism is rare but does still get missed ; repeat testing in a few months may be in order. ...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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Lo cortisol, all symptoms, no tumor, what can be cause for adrenal insufficiency that's not addisons?

Hard to test for: Hi. First of all, there's NO symptom associated with adrenal insufficiency that is SPECIFIC for adrenal insufficiency. If your endocrinologist suspects adrenal insufficiency, several tests can be used depending on clinical suspicion: insulin tolerance test and metyrapone test test the whole hypothalamic/pituitary/adrenal axis; ACTH 1-24 (Cosyntropin) can test only adrenal glands failure; useful 2 ...Read more

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I show symptoms of adrenal insufficiency. I did an acth plasma test which showed 25.00 and serum cortisol that showed 145ng?

I show symptoms of adrenal insufficiency. I did an acth plasma test which showed 25.00 and serum cortisol that showed 145ng?

ACTH stim: I don't understand the units of measure for either acth or cortisol. If there is any question of addison's disease i would expect a very elevated acth level. Secondary adrenal insufficiency concern might merit a low/hi dose acth stim test. If you have secondary adrenal insufficiency you may also need a MRI of your brain and pituitary in addition to looking into other pituitary hormone deficiency. ...Read more

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How can we fix adrenal insufficiency naturally?What are the typical symptoms of it?Can armor thyroid reveal adrenal insufficiency?

Depends on the cause: There are several conditions which can cause adrenal insufficiency. Treatment includes treating the cause in addition to steroid replacement. I am not aware of natural way of treating insufficiency. ...Read more

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Does serum cortisol 145 ng/ml done at 8am indicate anything? Does it show adrenal insufficiency if the patient has related symptoms?

Does serum cortisol 145 ng/ml done at 8am indicate anything? Does it show adrenal insufficiency if the patient has related symptoms?

Normal: Again, cortisol is very normal. If you aren't reassured please discuss your continued concern about your symptoms with your doctor. Clearly you have symptoms of something given your previous submissions. ...Read more

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Serum cortisol 145 ng/ml and acth plasma 25.00. I'm showing strong symptoms of adrenal insufficiency mainly skin bronzing. What domy results indicate?

Units of measure: Cortisol level is completely normal for a random morning sample and not suggestive of adrenal insufficiency. Acth units of measure are missing. Is this pmol/l or pg/ml? Even in extremely rare cases of acth resistance, nearly all patients are cortisol deficient. But your cortisol result is fine for morning random. Other things can cause bronzing like certain medication and hemochromatosis. ...Read more

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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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In context of cryofibrinogenemia, lupus-type ctd and adrenal insufficiency, what could cause increase in GI symptoms, nausea, and vomiting with adrenal crisis, when estrogen/progestin drugs are taken?

In context of cryofibrinogenemia, lupus-type ctd and adrenal insufficiency, what could cause increase in GI symptoms, nausea, and vomiting with adrenal crisis, when estrogen/progestin drugs are taken?

Cortisol deficiency : With true adrenal insufficiency diagnosed by an endocrinologist, one would need to be taking cortisol replacement therapy. Nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting and weight loss are classic symptoms of adrenal insufficiency which estrogen and Progesterone replacement don't address. Many with primary adrenal insufficiency also look like they have a deep tan. ...Read more

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Dr. Al Hegab
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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