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What are some possible adrenals problems?

What are some possible adrenals problems?

Several: The adrenals are actually 4 glands - the adrenal medulla which makes adrenaline and the cortex with 3 zones making different types of hormones. These glands can under or oversecrete the hormones, or form lumps which can be cancerous or benign. ...Read more

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Are adrenal problems a common cause of hypertension?

Are adrenal problems a common cause of hypertension?

Not common but: very plausible cause of secondary hypertension. Hyperaldosteronism including Liddle syndrome and adrenal hyperplasia, Cushing's or steroid excess, and glucocorticoid resistance are all adrenal problems associated with severe hypertension. There are other tumors in the adrenal medulla such as pheochromocytoma or paragangliomas can also cause severe hypertension. ...Read more

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Is congenital adrenal problem like cah always serious and why?

Is congenital adrenal problem like cah always serious and why?

Not always: Unless it's onset is with birth and associated with severe salt wasting ( that's why it's part of the newborn screen in all 50 states). It's carrier rate is quite common however, almost 1 in 40 so many people ate walking around without knowing they are carriers ! ...Read more

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Should i delay colonoscopy if I am being tested for adrenal problems includingpheochromocytoma?

Should i delay colonoscopy if I am being tested for adrenal problems includingpheochromocytoma?

Depends: If the colonoscopy is not urgently needed, i would delay. Pheochromocytoma is an uncommon but deadly disease. If you have it it should be adequately treated or controlled before proceeding with procedures requiring anesthesia. ...Read more

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Can sudden severe hypertension be related to an adrenal problem if no other risk factors present and otherwise healthy?

Can sudden severe hypertension be related to an adrenal problem if no other risk factors present and otherwise healthy?

Sudden HTN: Yes but rare. So have your Dr. do a test for pheochromocytoma as well as a detailed medial history and physical exam and labs to search for the cause. You may want to join our group of over 1,300 pts like you at Yahoo Groups: hyperaldosteronism. ...Read more

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I have been on prednisone for 5 months. Each week, i decreased the dosage in 10 mg; i went from 40 mg to 2.5 mgand then went completely off it. I feel sick. Is it normal or do I have some adrenal problems?

I have been on prednisone for 5 months. Each week, i decreased the dosage in 10 mg; i went from 40 mg to 2.5 mgand then went completely off it. I feel sick. Is it normal or do I have some adrenal problems?

Tapering too quickly: The way to decrease or taper Prednisone is slowly but not too slowly. If you went from 40 to 30 per day that is a 25% drop and should be ok. If you went from 20 to 10 mg per day that is a 50% drop and may be too much of a decrease. The other concern is why you were on prednisone. Your underlying disease may be flaring now that you are on lower doses of prednisone. ...Read more

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Is drinking 14 cups of water with hashimoto's and adrenal problems bad?

Is drinking 14 cups of water with hashimoto's and adrenal problems bad?

Water intoxication: It depends on how big the cups are. If they are bigger than 4oz cups then 14 cups per day is way too much. It can lead to significant electrolyte abnormalities which can have significant effects with regard to the above mentioned problems. Cut back the water intake to 1/2 of what you are currently doing. ...Read more

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I have all the symptoms of an adrenal problem including pheochromocytoma but my doctor refuses to test me. Where do I go from here?

I have all the symptoms of an adrenal problem including pheochromocytoma but my doctor refuses to test me. Where do I go from here?

Go elsewhere : Find another doctor. Ask friends/family for someone they like. It appears that ur not on any blood pressure meds which makes pheo less likely, btw. It is possible that by talking to you, examining you, looking at ur vitals, labs etc, there is no need for further testing. Still, if u r not happy, find another physician. ...Read more

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Am cortisol too high- taking metformin for hypoglycemic symptoms-would like to address adrenal problem also-can i take seriphos at the same time ?

Am cortisol too high- taking metformin for hypoglycemic symptoms-would like to address adrenal problem also-can i take seriphos at the same time  ?

You sound confused: Metformin is a medication used to treat hyperglycemia (high sugars) not hypoglycemia (low sugars). A single morning cortisol level is a fairly worthless test. What makes you think you have an adrenal problem? Seriphos is a supplement that has no medical studies that show that it does anything helpful for you. ...Read more