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Rebuilding Adrenals After Steroid Aromatherapy
Shrinks down: If you do not use a gland, it tends to atrophy, or shrink. If you take steroid pills, your adrenals do not need to produce any, and the glands atrophy. The cells, however, do not die, so they will come back, but it can take time, depending on how long you were on steroids and what dose. ...Read more
"Aromatherapy is used in a wide range of settings -- from health spas to hospitals -- to treat a variety of conditions. In general, it seems to relieve pain, improve mood, and promote a sense of relaxation. Several clinical studies suggest that when essential oils (particularly rose, lavender, and frankincense) were used by qualified midwives, pregnant women felt less anxiety and fear, had a stronger sense of well-being, and had less need for pain medications during delivery. Many women also report that peppermint oil relieves nausea and ...Read more
No: No it should not if the tapering is done properly. ...Read more
How much? How long?: It depends on the steroids potency (they differ), the length of time you take it, and the amount you are taken. Very modest suppression can occur within a week, because acth production by the pituitary will decrease, but reawaken in a couple of days. However high doses for along period (1mo) will atrophy the adrenal gland and you will need to taperm commencing with an alternate day regimen. ...Read more
Adrenal insuff due to long term steroids (crohn's). Am tapering off dex but can't get lower than 0.25 mg. Any tips?
Will require it fore: Will require it forever unless new agent discovered. ...Read more
I have adrenal insuff (long term steroids/crohn's) am tapering off dex but can't get below 0.25 mg. Any tapering tips to awaken adrenals?
My adrenal levels are twice the norm. But my doctor said I can take steroids to lower it. How does this work?
Good question: Significant reduction in androgen levels of adrenal source (such as dhea-s & androstenedione) if the body is subjected to exogenous steroids such as Dexamethasone due to creation of negative feeback on the pituitary gland causing decreased acth production. This in turn will reduce the signaling to the adrenal gland that will reduce overall adrenal hormone production and improved clinical symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What options do I have if I cannot tolerate the steroid treatment, and have an adrenal crisis. are there any secondary options?
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