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Varies: This situation is extremely serious even if the illness is mild. There are various ways of treating it, but you need to discuss this with Junior's physician. I am glad it was diagnosed. ...Read more
Of coarse there are medications for low adrenal hormones but if that has been documented surely your doctor has prescribed appropriate treatment for you.
If you have not had any studies related to adrenal hormones what are you concerned about?
If you have not seen your doctor about this please do so as soon as possible. Making the low adrenal hormones studies is easy. ...Read more
Whoa! None until: Need more specifics. What is the adrenal mass and what is being done to evaluate it? This comes first. Resubmit if you'd like and if you have more information, good wishes. ...Read more
I feel very hyper at night. It happens every night. I cannot rest feels like adrenal gland is way over producing. I am not taking any medication.
Mysterious: You aren't taking any medication, but are you drinking coffee or other caffeinated drinks? What about nutritional supplements or vitamins? (some people don't think of those as "medication.") has something happened that causes you to be more vigilant at night? Are you able to sleep at all? I have more questions than answers, because more info is needed to answer you well. Plz see your doctor. ...Read more
I had my Thyroid removed 23 years ago and has adrenal fatigue. I don't have an endocrinologist nearby (George) which Thyroid medication?
You asked this on: The general health education site on Health Tap. We can't make any recommendations about which thyroid medication or dose you should take. Health Tap does list a number of doctors in South Africa. Health Tap Concierge may be another good choice to work with an endocrinologist. Take care. ...Read more
I am starting to think my TSH level is due to adrenal fatigue and not being hypo. Do I really need the medication or should I get retested?
Work: With your endocrinologist. May need more tests. ...Read more
I'm having an adrenal hormone test for adrenal fatigue I'm on a corticosteroid for sinusitus will the medication interfer with the results of the test?
Yes: The results will not be valid.Get a more detailed answer ›
Saliva tests and symptoms show low functioning adrenal glands, but how to know if there is need for hormonal medications such as hydrocortisone?
Work with your Dr: The accuracy of the salivary test results are depended on many factors including timing of the test and type of assay used. If your Dr determines the results are truly low, additional testing is needed to determine if due to primary or secondary adrenal insufficiency. Work with your doctor or endocrinologist and do not start hydrocortisone until then. ...Read more
No: It would cause severe allergic reactions and potentially even death. Plus, I don't know anyone who wants to donate their adrenals. Don't get your medical information from friends, tv or internet scams. ...Read more
Where to find about drugs that should not be given to patients suffering from adrenal insufficiency?
Can afinitor (everolimus) helps to prevent the spread of adrenal gland cancer? How it works? Any clinical trial on this drug against adrenal gland cancer in USA?
Not confirmed: That data on this drug for adrenal cancer is very limited. Efficacy has not been confirmed yet. It is not approved in the United States for this indication. I am not aware of clinical trial on this disease but you may want to contact major centers or check clinicaltrials. Gov ...Read more
Does low dose cortef (hydrocortisone) heal the adrenals, helping the patient to feel well again and enabling them to eventually go off the drug? Non-addison's.
No: Taking any dose of steroid causes the adrenal glands to work less, as the pituitary gland regulates your adrenal hormone level. If your adrenal glands truly do not work, you need lifelong adrenal hormone replacement. However, I see people who have been diagnosed with "adrenal fatigue". This is not a true medical diagnosis. Most of these people have no adrenal problem at all. ...Read more
My mom has adrenal gland cancer and a brain tumor and is taking the drug mitotane. What does this drug do?
Slows the adrenal: Mitotane slows down the production steroid chemicals, which is the function of the adrenal gland. That's why it is used to treat patients with adrenal cancer. ...Read more
What do you suggest if my mom has adrenal gland cancer and a brain tumor and is taking the drug mitotane what is it?
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
Probably not adrenal: The adrenal makes cortisol and adrenaline, both are stress hormones. People who are stressed out and having trouble coping are sometimes persuaded that it’s the adrenal’s fault. Although you may be feeling the effects of chronic stress, it is seldom due to adrenal problems. Poor adrenal function is determined by an acth (cotrosyn) stim test. See an endocrinologist if you have concerns. ...Read more
"adrenal crash" is not a medical term. It occasionally is medical slang for the secondary adrenal insufficiency that follows prolonged exposure to steroids and abrupt withdrawal. Usually a wean of steroid is needed to avoid this crash.
Fatigue following strenuous activity is not an adrenal problem. It is likely a needed recovery phase to repair muscle and rebuild glycogen stores. ...Read more
BIG question!: Too much cortisol or too much aldosterone, too little aldosterone and/or cortisol, too much catecholamine, androgens, and/or cancers. Holy cow! Big question! Cushing's, primary hyperaldosteronism, secondary hyperaldosteronism, Addison's, secondary adrenal insufficiency, congenital adrenal hyperplasia (classical & non-classical), pheochromocytoma, various malignancies, hemorrhage/infarct. Big topic ...Read more
Hormone replacement: Its never a good idea to take a hormone as a supplement unless there is a deficiency. Even in some hormone deficiencies, the drawbacks to replacement outweigh the benefits. While there is some limited evidence that dhea replacement can help specific groups (people with addison's disease for example), adrenal supplements do not have proof that they work at all. ...Read more
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
Life threatening: Your adrenal glands make hormones which help to maintain normal salt and sugar levels in your blood as well as normal blood pressure. An adrenal crisis is a severe presentation of adrenal insufficiency which is life threatening due to potential problems with severely low blood pressure, in addition to very abnormal salt and sugar levels. ...Read more
Depends: Sometimes, if there is concern for a particular tumor called a pheochromocytoma, which release adrenaline, then you will want to use drugs that block adrenaline to keep your blood pressure safe during the surgery. Also, sometimes before a surgery you can embolize and block some of the blood flow going to the gland to make the surgery easier. ...Read more