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What causes adrenal insufficiency?

What causes adrenal insufficiency?

Multiple causes: Infections of the gland by bacteria, including meningococcus and tb, metastatic tumors and primary tumors of adrenals, metabolic disorders, e.g., congenital adrenal hyperplasia, lack of pituitary stimulation, amyloid infiltration and sudden stoppage of steroid treatment etc. ...Read more

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Exhaustion (Definition)

Exhaustion = depletion of energy which can occur ...Read more


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What is adrenal fatigue?

What is adrenal fatigue?

Underperformance: This is not a medical term. I think you are probably talking about adrenal insufficiency. This basically means that the adrenal gland is not producing enough of the hormones and chemicals that it should. Reasons include severe life-threatening stress, hemorrhage into the glands, withdrawal from taking other steroids, or tumor infiltration. Fortunately the adrenal hormones can be replaced. ...Read more

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What causes adrenal gland problems?

What causes adrenal gland problems?

Many causes: "adrenal problems" is a very broad question. Your adrenal produces hormones, including cortisol and adrenaline. We need these hormones to sustain life; they are increased in response to stress. Adrenal failure can be from autoimmunity; adrenal overactivity from tumors. Alternative practitioners often allege “adrenal fatigue” from chronic stress. See an endocrinologist for adrenal problems. ...Read more

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Could long-term cortisone-use cause adrenal exhaustion?

Could long-term cortisone-use cause adrenal exhaustion?

Exhaustion: The simple answer is yes. Why have you been taking cortisone long-term? Were you ill at the beginning and feel much better over time? The adrenal is probably not working well enough such that you must continue with cortisone. If you have not seen an endocrinologist about this you should do so sometime soon. ...Read more

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What causes hyperthyroidism?

What causes hyperthyroidism?

Graves' disease: Autoimmune thyroid disease- graves' disease is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism. Other causes include inflammation of the thyroid, drug induced hyperthyroidism, hyperactive thyroid nodule or nodules, rarely pituitary tumor.... ...Read more

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What causes hypothyroidism?

What causes hypothyroidism?

Depends: Causes can be varied, as well as the treatment. Sometimes imbalanced thyroid hormone conversion can cause functional hypothyroidism. Sometimes iodine or other deficiency can cause it. http://drfairchild.blogspot.com/2012/12/proper-thyroid-testing.html. ...Read more

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What causes fatigue?

What causes fatigue?

Lots of things: Nutrient-poor diet, not enough sleep, anemia, medication or drug side effects, chronic stress, hidden illness (usually with other symptoms), etc... Make sure you are eating mostly fruits and vegetables, avoiding suger and high fructose corn syrup, getting enough sleep (extremely important) and see your doctor if things don't improve soon. Take care. ...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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What are symptoms of adrenal fatigue?

What are symptoms of adrenal fatigue?

See below: Adrenal fatigue is not a medically recongized entitiy. It serves as a catch-all term for nonmedical practitioners. ...Read more

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What causes hypoparathyroidism?

What causes hypoparathyroidism?

Many different cause: Underactivity of the parathyroid glands probably most commonly results from thyroid surgery or treatment which can damage the small imbedded glands. It is quite rare and the list of potential causes is very long. One should consider viral or autoimmune damage to the glands as well as many know genetic inborn error of metabolism. The opposite condition, hyperparathyroidism is more common. ...Read more

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What causes past mono/chronic fatigue syndrome?

Chronic Fatigue: Given that extensive labs, imaging, and all medical causes have been ruled out, you may want to try stimulants if you dont have a history of addictions. I have seen Provigil work well but again this would off label use, consult an expert. ...Read more

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What causes extreme fatigue?

What causes extreme fatigue?

Many Causes: Extreme fatigue can be caused by many possible medical concerns. Some common causes are medications, low thyroid, depression or anxiety, anemia, mono virus, and sleep apnea. There are also many more possible causes and so i would recommend visiting your healthcare professional and at least starting with basic blood work and a review of your current medications and overall health status. ...Read more

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What causes major body fatigue and headaches?

Insomnia & pain: People with restless sleep have daytime fatigue. Headaches are often related to chronic neck pain from neck muscle spasm. In young males i often find this symptom constellation in extreme sport enthusiasts, who have fallen too many times and injured their major joints, especially the lower back. The treatment is to reduce chronic pain and chronic muscle spasm. ...Read more

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What causes hypothermia?

What causes hypothermia?

Cold: Hypothermia is caused by loss of body heat. This can occur in injury, immersion in water, surgery, exposure outdoors, etc. Some conditions call for deliberately induced hypothermia such as stroke and post-cardiac arrest patients. Severe hypothermia requires medical intervention, mild hypothermia-a cup of hot chocolate. ...Read more

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What causes hashimoto's?

What causes hashimoto's?

Autoimmune: With hashimoto's, the body makes antibodies that attack the thyroid. It tends to run in families and can be triggered by anything that can weaken the immune system such as poor nutrition especially vitamin d deficiency. It is common in celiac disease and gluten has been suggested as a trigger for hashimoto's in some people.Good sleep hygiene and exercise strengthen the immune system. ...Read more

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What causes oversleeping?

What causes oversleeping?

Many things: Not getting enough sleep, medication, obstructive sleep apnea, idiopathic hypersomnia, delayed sleep phase syndrome, as well as many other things. A two week sleep diary can be quite helpful. There are several available online-i'm partial to one from the aasm. ...Read more

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What causes an adrenal gland disorder, and what are the symptoms?

High or Low function: Here is a good reference http://my.Clevelandclinic.Org/disorders/adrenal/endo_description.Aspx.

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What is acute adrenal insufficiency?

What is acute adrenal insufficiency?

Low cortisol : It generally means acute (recent) drop in adrenal gland hormonal production namely cortisol, a very important and life sustaining steroid. There are many reason why some one can develop ai. Autoimmune, infection, acute illness and trauma are a few examples. Need to discuss with an endocrinologist if there is need for hormonal replacement. ...Read more

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What causes thyroid disorders?

What causes thyroid disorders?

Three main causes: Hi. The three main causes of thyroid disorders are: 1) autoimmunity, 2) neoplasia, and 3) trivially, thyroid surgery (usually done because of #2). Autoimmunity can cause hypo- or hyperthyroidism. Neoplasia can be benign, malignant, or can cause hyperthyroidism (hyperthyroid nodules are always benign; reportable otherwise). Surgery to remove the thyroid (usually for cancer) is trivial. ...Read more