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Can you have both primary and secondary adrenal insufficiency?

Can you have both primary and secondary adrenal insufficiency?

Unlikely: Primary adrenal insufficiency means that the adrenal glands are unable to make cortisol. In secondary adrenal insufficiency, the adrenals are able to make cortisol, but do not receive enough stimulation from the pituitary to make normal levels. While it is theoretically possible for one person to have both conditions, neither condition is common, so it would be rare to have both. ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Addisonian Crisis (Definition)

Addisonian or acute adrenal crisis is a life-threatening condition that occurs when there is not enough cortisol, a hormone produced by the adrenal glands. It can manifest with fatigue, nausea, poor appetite, fever, joint pain, fatigue, coma, or seizure. Addison's disease is usually treated ...Read more


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What are the symptoms of adrenal insufficiency?

What are the symptoms of adrenal insufficiency?

Weakness + pigment: Adrenal insufficiency, addison disease, causes, weakness, electrolyte disturbances due to high potassium, increased pigmentation of the skin, especially palms. During stress, adrenal insufficiency may lead to shock. ...Read more

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Is it possible that if you have secondary adrenal insufficiency that it is caused from another disease or disorder?

Is it possible that if you have secondary adrenal insufficiency that it is caused from another disease or disorder?

Yes: Adrenal insufficiency can also occur when the hypothalamus or the pituitary gland does not make adequate amounts of the hormones that assist in regulating adrenal function.This is called secondary or tertiary adrenal insufficiency and is caused by lack of production of acth in the pituitary or lack of crh in the hypothalamus. ...Read more

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On a ACTH stimulation 3 time point base number 8, 30 min =23.5, 60 min = 39.6 does this suggest secondary adrenal insufficiency?

Dr. Ira Katz Dr. Katz
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Not Enough Info: The baseline of 8 mcg is a borderline morning value and normal in the evening. The time of the day, ACTH value, reason for the test, how long the condition has been present for are all important. If it is secondary adrenal insufficiency it is likely new in onset. This test does completely rule out primary adrenal insufficiency though. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me effects or signs and symptoms of adrenal insufficiency?

Many: Muscle/joint pain, weakness, low blood pressure, salt cravings, loss of appetite, fatigue weight loss, irritability and depression are common signs of this condition, with fatigue usually being one of the earliest and most common. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I'm having adrenal insufficiency symptoms but inconclusive lab results, what does this mean?

Symptoms: Hi. Symptoms of adrenal insufficiency are also symptoms of many other things. No symptoms of adrenal insufficiency are SPECIFIC for adrenal insufficiency. Adrenal insufficiency is very rare. Often a provocative test is required, and depending on your doc's index of suspicion, he/she may not feel a provocative test is warranted. Get a second opinion from an experienced endocrinologist if you want. ...Read more

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How can we fix adrenal insufficiency naturally?What are the typical symptoms of it?Can armor thyroid reveal adrenal insufficiency?

Depends on the cause: There are several conditions which can cause adrenal insufficiency. Treatment includes treating the cause in addition to steroid replacement. I am not aware of natural way of treating insufficiency. ...Read more

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Will srni s help after an adrenal insufficiency is treated? Struggling with symptoms and bloodwork (cortisol) is on the low side of normal in the morn

Proven?: Adrenal insufficiency diagnosis requires more than a morning cortisol. Is this addison's or is it more central, from the hypothalamus/pituitary? Other associated hormone deficiencies? Moods may be directly affected by hormone imbalances. A complete work up is essential. If adrenal insufficiency is being considered as a diagnosis an endocrinologist has to be involved. Feel better! ...Read more

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Dr. David Geffner
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Addison's Disease (Definition)

Addison's disease is a medical condition in which the adrenal glands do not produce enough hormones. The adrenal glands are small organs that sit above the kidneys and secrete important hormones that are responsible for maintaining body fluid and electrolyte levels and helps ...Read more


Dr. Cayce Jehaimi
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Adrenal Insufficiency (Definition)

Adrenal insufficiency is a condition where the adrenal glands are not producing enough of the steroid hormones they manufacture, ...Read more