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Dr. Thomas Knecht Dr. Knecht
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
27 years in practice
UC San Diego School of Medicine
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Can addisons disease be cured? Need expert opinions!

Can addisons disease be cured? Need expert opinions!

Nope: Hi. Addison's disease can be treated, but not cured, much like type 1 diabetes, hypothyroidism, hypopituitarism, etc. Don't forget to talk with your doc about stress doses of your glucocorticoid (probably hydrocortisone or prednisone), and to have an injectable glucocorticoid on hand in case you can't keep anything down by mouth, to buy you time to get to the ER. All the best.

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. Byron Law-Yone Dr. Law-Yone
Psychiatry
51 years in practice
Institute of Medicine (I) Rangoon
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Is smoking marijuana bad if you have addisons disease?

Is smoking marijuana bad if you have addisons disease?

Yes, Yes.: If you smoke majuana (unprescribed by md) that is bad. If you have addison's disease and smoke marijuana that is more bad. I wish you can decide to fight these 2 disorders and reclaim the healthy life you deserve. Get help for both problems. Life can be good.

Dr. Stuart Wasser Dr. Wasser
Addiction Medicine
31 years in practice
New York University School of Medicine
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Can I still smoke marijuana if I have addisons disease?

Can I still smoke marijuana if I have addisons disease?

I suppose: And you can still shoot heroin too but why would you.

Dr. Quang Nguyen Dr. Nguyen
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
years in practice
Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
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I've been showing strong symptoms of addisons disease. Should I opt for an acth stimulation test?

I've been showing strong symptoms of addisons disease. Should I opt for an acth stimulation test?

Yes if indicated: If you have symptoms of adrenal insufficiency, talk to your doctor about the acth stim test. This is the best test to confirm your suspicion. If he/she agrees with your assessment, the test should be ordered. Good luck.

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Dr. Alvin Lin Dr. Lin
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
26 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
Psychiatry
28 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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Dr. Soumya Adhikari Dr. Adhikari
Pediatrics - Endocrinology
16 years in practice
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
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Can a teen have addisons disease?

Can a teen have addisons disease?

Yes absolutely.: Although rare, addison's does present in teens. If there is a family history of autoimmune diseases, this is even more likely. Addison's can be a life threatening illness, so if you have concerns, please speak to your doctor soon. Signs and symptoms can be non-specific and include fatigue and weakness, but what sets addison's apart is the accompanying skin changes and blood test abnormalities.

Dr. Thomas Knecht Dr. Knecht
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
27 years in practice
UC San Diego School of Medicine
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What is it like to have addisons disease?

What is it like to have addisons disease?

Many things: Hi. Addison's disease is primary adrenal failure, usually of autoimmune etiology. The patients feel fatigue & malaise, dizziness on standing, nausea, loss of appetite, weight loss, low BP, high pulse, darkening skin, low blood sodium, high blood potassium, hi ACTH & low cortisol. In the untreated state, any severe illness, infection, trauma, etc can be lethal. Treat with Cortef (hydrocortisone) & Florinef.

Dr. Pamela Pappas Dr. Pappas
Psychiatry
38 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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What does addisons disease do to a person?

What does addisons disease do to a person?

Weakness, low BP: In addison's disease, one's adrenal glands are not producing enough cortisone, aldosterone, & sex hormones. BP is very low; hr can be fast. Chronic nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea; extreme fatigue & weakness; salt craving; darkening of skin in some places, paleness in others -- the person can look patchy. With hormone replacement therapy, normal life is possible. Http://tinyurl. Com/4ytupea.

Dr. Cayce Jehaimi Dr. Jehaimi
Pediatrics - Endocrinology
17 years in practice
University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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What are the demographics of people who have addisons disease?

Varies: The occurrence of addison disease is rare. The reported prevalence in countries where data are available is 39 cases per 1 million population in great britain and 60 cases per 1 million population in denmark.

Dr. David Jin Dr. Jin
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
17 years in practice
State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Medicine
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Why is hemoglobin A1c high in addisons disease?

Why is hemoglobin A1c high in addisons disease?

Thanks for asking!: The risk of having type I diabetes increases in the presence of another autoimmune disease, such as addison's disease.

Dr. Michael Rothman Dr. Rothman
Internal Medicine
31 years in practice
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Philip Kern Dr. Kern
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
39 years in practice
New York Medical College
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Addisons disease is caused by decreased functioning of the adrenal cortex. What causes the decreased functioning?

Addison's: There are a number of causes. Autoimmunity is common. Just as Hashimoto's causes decreased function of the thyroid, autoimmunity can cause Addison's disease. Other causes are Tb, hemorrhage (following surgery or severe infection), tumors. Or it can be secondary to pituitary problems.

Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Is it possible to treat addisons disease and hypothyroidism with supplements?

Is it possible to treat addisons disease and hypothyroidism with supplements?

Define supplement: If you are talking about the OTC stuff people get at the vitamin shop, buy a coffin first and write your eulogy, you would need them sooner. Both addison's and hypothyroidism are treated by supplementing the bodies lost ability to make the hormones with synthetics that mimic the natural hormone. You just don't use these supplements without close monitoring by a doc.

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Dr. Dan Fisher Dr. Fisher
Internal Medicine
23 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Is it possible that adrenal cancer (primary or metastic) cause addisons disease. Can it also cause other adrenal problems?

Unlikely.: Involvement of the adrenals with cancer is not likely to cause adrenal insufficiency since most of the adrenal gland would need to be destroyed to produce that.

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Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Need a simple explaination for this. What does addisons disease do to a person?

Need a simple explaination for this. What does addisons disease do to a person?

Nothing simple here: Inability to make cortisol renders a person weak, sickly, often dark-complected, interferes with control of blood potassium and glucose, and puts them at risk for dying suddenly when stressed. Once diagnosed, it's managed easily enough but the person does well to sport a tag warning of addisonism so extra cortisol can be given in a medical crisis. Autoimmue form runs with other illnesses.

Dr. Quang Nguyen Dr. Nguyen
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
years in practice
Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Is there a connection between addisons disease and diabetes?

Is there a connection between addisons disease and diabetes?

Connection: There is a condition called polyglandular syndrome consisting primarily of autoimmune thyroid, adrenal and type 1 diabetes. In general, whenever you have one autoimmune disease, you are at higher risk of developing another autoimmune disease.

Dr. Larry Deeb Dr. Deeb
Pediatrics
44 years in practice
Emory University School of Medicine
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Is addisons disease a genetic hereditary problem?

Is addisons disease a genetic hereditary problem?

Addisions is genetic: In 2012 the answer is usually yes. Tuberculosis caused dr. Addison to describe the condition. Now it is any failure of the adrenal glands. Today it does run in families where autoimmune diseases occur. (thyroid, diabetes, adrenal, celiac, etc).

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Dr. Cayce Jehaimi Dr. Jehaimi
Pediatrics - Endocrinology
17 years in practice
University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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Is adrenal insufficiency the same as addison's disease?

Not exactly: Addison' s disease is a state of adrenal insufficiency but not vice versa as there are many other causes besides ad (an autoimmune disease) that can lead to cortisol deficiency state such as tuberculosis of the adrenals, hemorrhage of the adrenals, certain genetic storage syndromes and hypopituitarism.

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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


Dr. Susan Wingo
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Overactive Thyroid (Definition)

Hyperthyroidism, often called "overactive thyroid, " is a condition where the thyroid secretes too much of the thyroid hormones. Common symptoms include heat intolerance, increased appetite, ...Read more