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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

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Can the removal of the adrenal glands lead to death?

Can the removal of the adrenal glands lead to death?

No: You don't die with removal of the adrenal glands but the hormones it produces are essential for life, so you will need to take hormone replacement for life. You should have a really good reason why the adrenal should be removed. ...Read more

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What's the best way for me to check my adrenal glands?

What's the best way for me to check my adrenal glands?

ACTH test: The adrenal makes cortisol and adrenaline, both of which are stress hormones. People who are stressed out and having trouble coping are sometimes persuaded that it’s the adrenal’s fault. This is usually not true. Poor adrenal function is determined by an acth (cotrosyn) stim test. See an endocrinologist if you have concerns. ...Read more

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What exactly are the adrenal glands responsible for in my body?

What exactly are the adrenal glands responsible for in my body?

Making Hormones: The adrenal cortex makes aldosterone (key regulator of sodium, potassium, and water balance), cortisol (suppresses inflammation, helps the body adapt to illness and injuries), and testosterone-like hormones such as dhea-sulfate and androstenedione. The inner part, or medulla, makes adrenaline (epinephrine) and similar hormones that help your body in "fight or flight" emergencies. ...Read more

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Is it true that growths on adrenal glands are considered tumors?

Is it true that growths on adrenal glands are considered tumors?

Yes: Adrenal growths are not common. Within and expanding the adrenal gland are those tumors of medullary origin. Cortical lesions can produce extensive masses such as those inducing Cushings disease. The medullary pheochomocytomas are benign in 90% of cases and cortical malignancies are also rare Whether benign or malignant, lesions found on the adrenal gland on scan are noted as adrenal tumors ...Read more

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What causes weakened adrenal glands?

What causes weakened adrenal glands?

Almost nothing: "weak" adrenal glands or immune system is not common. It is popular on the internet to sell supplements and nutritional aid that are a waste of money. If you have concerns, see a doctor. You're probably just fine. ...Read more

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The adrenal glands receive their blood from where?

The adrenal glands receive their blood from where?

Why do you ask?: Are you asking a simple anatomical question or do you have some mystical notion about blood? No magic here: Everything except your heart & lungs gets blood from branches off the aorta. The adrenals get blood from the superior, middle & inferior suprarenal arteries. You can easily find such information yourself by doing a web search. Now, study hard so you can do better on the next pop quiz. ...Read more

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Is there any way to heal the adrenal glands so they produce more cortisol?

Is there any way to heal the adrenal glands so they produce more cortisol?

Generally not: But it depends upon what was wrong with your adrenal glands in the first place. Discuss w/your doctor. ...Read more

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Ok with adrenal glands I heard they make u feel tired I just wondering what can you do for that?

Ok with adrenal glands I heard they make u feel tired I just wondering what can you do for that?

No assumptions: In medicine you do not start with the diagnosis. You start with the symptoms. Fatigue is a common complaint in our world where we eat too much sugar, do not get enough good sleep and do not exercise. Energy drinks are often causing more fatigue by wearing out the heart muscle by causing the heart to beat too fast tricking the brain that this is energy. You need a thorough blood and medical test. ...Read more

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Cortisol, a.M. Test 15.7. No p.M. Test. Concerned re adrenal glands: 20+ cort. Inj. In 2011. Should I have the a.M. And p.M. Tests?

Cortisol, a.M. Test 15.7. No p.M. Test. Concerned re adrenal glands: 20+ cort. Inj. In 2011. Should I have the a.M. And p.M. Tests?

No: Your values are normal (both am cortisol and acth stimulation test). No concern about adrenal insufficiency at this time. The pm test is good to rule out cushing's syndrome, which is not a problem for you either. ...Read more

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Could masturbation tax the adrenal glands?

Could masturbation tax the adrenal glands?

No. Just not true.: I'm sorry someone told you something that foolish. It won't give you addison's disease, and it won't make you short, fat, stupid, hairy, ugly, smooth, infertile, or an unfit husband / father. Your adrenals get you through the most intense physical and mental stress -- while enjoying your body makes it possible for you to relax, sleep, and become a functioning adult. ...Read more

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What ultrasound looks at the adrenal glands?

What ultrasound looks at the adrenal glands?

Retroperitoneal US: Exam should include the adrenals, but they are hard to see with ultrasound unless abnormally large.

They are not usually commented on in an us report unless clearly abnormal. ...Read more

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What effects would a mass on the adrenal glands have on a person?

What effects would a mass on the adrenal glands have on a person?

Maybe nothing: A mass on the adrenal is sometimes found incidentally during a ct scan for something else. Questions to ask: is it making too much hormone, such as cortisol (causing cushing's syndrome) or adrenaline (causing pheochromocytoma). Is it large, or expanding, and therefore a cancer risk? If the mass is small, not enlarging, and not secreting anything, it is probably nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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Are the adrenal glands weak or destroyed having addison's disease?

Are the adrenal glands weak or destroyed having addison's disease?

Addison's disease: Chronic adrenal insufficiency, hypocortisolism, and hypoadrenalism) is a rare endocrine disease. The adrenal glands do not produce sufficient steroid hormones (glucocorticoids and mineralocorticoids). It may produce relatively nonspecific symptoms, such as abdominal pain and weakness, and generally diagnosed by lab tests and imaging studies. ...Read more

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I was wondering what would be the risks of implanting extra adrenal glands?

I was wondering what would be the risks of implanting extra adrenal glands?

Why do you ask?: There are some old bogus "youth" treatments in which it was claimed that glands from animals would be implanted. This isn't mainstream medicine and i'd be concerned if someone offers this to you. ...Read more

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How to surgically implant additional adrenal glands?

Adrenal insufficient: If you have insufficient adrenal gland, from surgical resection or other cause, (addison disease) your doctor can replace adrenal hormone with medication, that you take orally. For some endocrine glands (parathyroid) the glands are surgically reimplanted because there is no oral medication that can be given. So the PTH gland is moved and preserved to continue making its hormone. Be well. ...Read more

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What hormones do the adrenal glands produce?

Adrenal hormones: 40 F What hormones do the adrenal glands produce? ANS: so many I cannot tell you them all. Major ones are adrenalin noradrenaline, cortisol, aldosterone, sex hormones. This is a good google wikipedia question. ...Read more

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Do urologists deal with problems of the adrenal glands?

Some do: Adrenal tumors are relatively uncommon. All endocrinologists are familiar with them. Depending on their personal practices, some urologists and general surgeons have experience with adrenal tumors, but most saw only a few in their residency and very few in practice. Check out the individual's personal experience or find an endocrine surgeon. ...Read more

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Can high pm cortisol point to a problem with adrenal glands?

Can high pm cortisol point to a problem with adrenal glands?

Not at all: Since the hormone is being put out. Could in theory could be a growth from the adrenal gland putting out extra hormones. We'd have to see the values the lab normally gets to know if this is even abnormal. ...Read more

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I have small abnormality one of adrenal glands, do I have cancer?

I have small abnormality one of adrenal glands, do I have cancer?

Usually no: Most of those are benign but it all depends on the context. Have you been diagnosed with cancer before? Anything else see in the scan? Any suspicious sign or symptom? Why was the scan done to begin with? I would suggest you discuss the report with the ordering doc and let him/her decide if further work up is indicated. Best to you. ...Read more