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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?
No: Hi. No, the adrenal cortex produces cortisol and aldosterone. Testes and ovaries produce estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone (although very different between the two different glands (and genders), of course. In addition, there's a whole fledgling field of brain steroids, some of which are made in the brain, and some of which are derived from adrenal steroids. NOW, we're havin' FUN! ...Read more
By definition: Hi. Yes, adrenal insufficiency is the state of the adrenals being incapable of making enough adrenal steroid hormones (cortisol & aldosterone in primary adrenal insuffic. And cortisol only in pituitary/secondary adrenal insuffic.). Obviously no effect on gonadal steroid hormones. ...Read more
I had a partial Nephrectomy due to Liposarcoma. Did this cause my Adrenal Gland to stop functioning? I am now on Steroids.
Lose an adrenal?: Hi. Even if you lost the adrenal on the side that had the partial nephrectomy, the remaining adrenal would be enough to provide all the cortisol and aldosterone you need. What "steroid" are you on? It's not listed in your meds (except for cortisone injections in ankle). Did your doc diagnose you with adrenal insufficiency? We need more info. Good luck! ...Read more
Any tips on stimulating the adrenals? I'm on a slow tapering regimen after long term steroid use for Crohn's and it isn't working.
Sorry, but no: The only way to stimulate the adrenals is to have insufficient levels. There's no rx or health-food supplement which will help. Your response to insufficient levels can be temporarily or permanently blunted or even abolished by long term and high dose steroids. Taper slowly under the watchful eye of your physician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: The blood levels from topicals are very low. That is not an issue. ...Read more
Congenital adrenal hyperplasia -non classical kind, what are some remedies to help with side effects of disease and medicine like steroids?
Adrenal hyperplasia: The commonest type of congenital adrenal hyperplasia is caused by deficiency of 21 hydroxylase, classical type presents at birth, but non classical may present later in early childhood or during puberty.It is difficult to answer all about it, but some salt depleted patients need to be on steroids and the patints need to be monotored for other defects, it should be trated by a pediatric endocrinologist. ...Read more
I have adrenal insuff. D/t pituitary surgery 7mo ago. My doc took me off steroids for 48hrs for a stimulation test. I'm dizzy, nauseous, what do I do?
Tapering off long term steroids (crohn's). Along with the usual sympts, can adrenal insuff cause flank pain?
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