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How do you treat overactive adrenal glands? Doc says my s&s sound like adrenal...Insomnia, strong pulse, dry lips and mouth, polyuria.

How do you treat overactive adrenal glands? Doc says my s&s sound like adrenal...Insomnia, strong pulse, dry lips and mouth, polyuria.

Complicated: There ar many factors to be considered. First, a solid diagnosis. You need specific tests to confirm or rule this out. Next, if you do have excess hormone, the source must be determined: pituitary tumor, adrenal tumor, or ectopic production. Next, there are several medications used temporarily but, ultimately, the treatment is surgical. Is your doctor an endocrinologist? ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed as having an overactive adrenal gland. What now?

I have been diagnosed as having an overactive adrenal gland. What now?

It depends: If you have been told that you have an "overactive adrenal gland, " you must make sure you see an endocrinologist. The adrenal gland produces many different hormones, so calling it "overactive" is not clear about which of these hormones might be elevated. Some possibilities include cushings (high cortisol), pheochromocytoma (high catecholamines), and hyperaldosteronism (high aldosterone). ...Read more

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I have adrenal gland/overactive thyroid problem, what to do?

I have adrenal gland/overactive thyroid problem, what to do?

Get treatment: I'm not sure what kind of adrenal problem you have, but if it is adrenal insufficiency, the overactive thyroid could make that much worse. Both conditions need treatment. Treatment options for an overactive thyroid include surgery to remove the thyroid, radioactive iodine to kill the thyroid, and pills to block the production of thyroid hormone. ...Read more

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Could i donate my adrenal glands?

Could i donate my adrenal glands?

Not indicated: The medullary portion of the adrenal is responsible for producing the adrenaline compounds and the cortex for expression of cortisone. When an adrenal is lost replacement is not indicated since the functional loss is easily replaced with the necessary oral mediation. ...Read more

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What do I do to revive the adrenal glands?

What do I do to revive the adrenal glands?

May not be needed: The adrenal makes cortisol and adrenaline, which are stress hormones. People who are stressed out are sometimes persuaded that it’s the adrenal’s fault. This is usually not true. "adrenal fatigue" is often a fake diagnosis. Poor adrenal function is determined by an acth (cotrosyn) stim test, and not by measuring just one blood or saliva level. See an endocrinologist about this if necessary. ...Read more

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Hi, do you think I can donate adrenal glands?

Hi, do you think I can donate adrenal glands?

No: Hi. No, no one is doing adrenal transplants. There is not a need for adrenals. Since you seem to care about helping, make your you're down as a donor on your driver's license: people on transplant lists are dwindling waiting for kidneys, heart, liver, lungs. ...Read more

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What are the adrenal glands and what do they do?

What are the adrenal glands and what do they do?

Endocrine glands: Adrenal glands are small triangular shaped glands that sit on top of your kidneys and produce neurotransmitters (epinephrine/norepinephrine), corticosteroids, and mineralcorticoids. They have many effects on the body, including salt/water balance, blood sugar balance, energy metabolism, and immune system regulation. ...Read more

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What are some diseases caused by adrenal glands?

A lot: There are a lot of diseases and syndromes. You have to differentiate between primary and secondary causes of adrenal diseases. ...Read more

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What is best what to treat your adrenal glands ?

What is best what to treat your adrenal glands ?

Adrenal gland: What are you treating them for? The treatment depends on what problem you have with them. In cushing's syndrome, the adrenals make too much cortisol and in addison's disease they make too little. The treatment of these diseases is quite different. Please rephrase your question for a meaningful answer. ...Read more

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What is the function of adrenal glands in adults?

What is the function of adrenal glands in adults?

Multifunctional: Very briefly, the adrenal gland can be divided between the cortex and medulla. The cortex makes a variety of hormones which control salt balance, cortisol, and androgens. The medulla primarily secretes norepinephrine and epinephrine. Functions of medulla and cortex are completely different as are the way their hormones are made and how they work. ...Read more