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How do u no if u have a chemical imbalance n how do u fix it. Do adrenal gland have anything to do with it. Do they ever stop sending adrenaline?

How do u no if u have a chemical imbalance n how do u fix it. Do adrenal gland have anything to do with it. Do they ever stop sending adrenaline?

No such disease: A "chemical imbalance" is not a medical disorder. People use it to describe various disorders or symptoms. Problems with the adrenal glands occur, but they are rare and should be diagnosed by an endocrinologist. "adrenal fatigue" is not a medical diagnosis. If you have particular symptoms, they need to be evaluated. ...Read more

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I had a partial Nephrectomy due to Liposarcoma. Did this cause my Adrenal Gland to stop functioning? I am now on Steroids.

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

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My TSH level came back 0.010. Does this mean my adrenal gland isn't working??? I've been on hydrocortisone for almost a year. Initially wasn't working but improved with hydrocortisone. Could my chronic pancreatitis affect the adrenal gland?

My TSH level came back 0.010. Does this mean my adrenal gland isn't working??? I've been on hydrocortisone for almost a year. Initially wasn't working but improved with hydrocortisone. Could my chronic pancreatitis affect the adrenal gland?

TSH and pancreas: Have no direct relationship with the adrenal glands! TSH is secreted by the pituitary gland in the brain to stimulate the thyroid gland to produce its hormones, your number is low though, meaning that your thyroid may be producing more hormones. Kindly discuss the results and your condition with your endocrinologist, wish you wellness ...Read more

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How does one come to know that his adrenal gland is not functioning properly? What happens?

How does one come to know that his adrenal gland is not functioning properly? What happens?

Addison's disease: Inadequate adrenal function is called addison’s disease, and you usually feel very sick. Low bp, low blood sodium, high blood potassium. Poor adrenal function is determined by an acth (cotrosyn) stim test. See an endocrinologist if you have concerns. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens to the person whose adrenal gland is not functioning properly?

Could you tell me what happens to the person whose adrenal gland is not functioning properly?

Serious problems ari: Adrenal insufficiency is a serious condition. Any stressful events can precipitate a crisis causing nausea, vomiting, electrolyte imbalance, low blood pressure, shock and even death unless it is recognized in a timely manner and treated with IV fluids and steroids. ...Read more

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What happens if you have a calcified adrenal gland?

What happens if you have a calcified adrenal gland?

Maybe nothing: This could be an incidental finding on a ct. Has something has happened to the adrenal? Infiltration/inflammation from tuberculosis, autoimmune? Adrenal hemorrhage (from previous severe illness)? Calcium disorder (eg parathyroid) causing calcification all over? Adrenal testing will tell you if they are functioning, and a careful review of the scan for a mass is needed. ...Read more

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When someone donates a kidney, what really happens to the adrenal gland sitting on top of the kidney?

When someone donates a kidney, what really happens to the adrenal gland sitting on top of the kidney?

Good question: Kidney donor gets to keep their adrenal gland. Kidney recipient still has their adrenal glands ; thus does not require another ; donor doesn't need to give up one of theirs. ...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 one live without an adrenal gland?

Could one live without an adrenal gland?

Adrenal: There is an adrenal gland attached to both kidneys.
If you no longer have active adrenal glands you must follow your doctor's advice about necessary hormone replacement.

If both adrenal glands are working fine, or you are taking the right medicine if you have no adrenals enjoy life! ...Read more

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How does my adrenal gland affect my body?

How does my adrenal gland affect my body?

Often, yes: Addison's disease is an autoimmune disease which harms the cortex of the adrenal glands. However, anything that damages the adrenal cortex can also cause primary adrenal insufficiency. ...Read more

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Describe the function of the adrenal gland?

Describe the function of the adrenal gland?

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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What does the adrenal gland do for a person?

What does the adrenal gland do for a person?

Adrenal gland: This is a very important hormone.
I recommend you go online and look for articles designed for non-doctors that will give you a lot of understandable information about the adrenal gland and others.
Once you have read a few articles and still have questions, don't hesitate to ask again! ...Read more

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Which test is done to see which adrenal gland is bad?

No easy answer: It depends on what you mean by "bad". If you have adrenal insufficiency, then both glands have to be bad and you need an ACTH stim test. If there is a mass, then a CT or MRI can evaluate it. If one gland is overproducing a hormone, then you may need a complicated procedure to draw blood from the veins that drain each gland. See your endocrinologist. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have problems with my adrenal gland?

How to tell if I have problems with my adrenal gland?

See endocrinologist: Hi. Many types of adrenal problems are possible, including under-production and over-production of various hormones, tumors (benign or malignant), hemorrhage, infection, etc, etc. See an endocrinologist if your doctor thinks you have an adrenal problem. ...Read more

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What is the function of the adrenal gland in the body?

What is the function of the adrenal gland in the body?

Endocrine gland: The adrenal glands sit on top of the kidneys and their main function is to make hormones. The adrenal glands make hormones in response to stress (cortisol, epinephrine), hormones that affect kidney function and blood pressure (aldosterone), and sex hormones (androgens). These hormones circulate all around the body to affect the target organs and tissues. ...Read more

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How healthily can a person live with only one adrenal gland?

Adrenal function: Typically, when there are two organs and one is removed, the other compensates and under normal, non-stressed situations, the person should do find. However, since the adrenal gland is a "life saving" - "fight or flight" gland, one gland when over stressed may lead to adrenal hypofuction, with symptoms similar to addison's disease. So remember to minimize your stress and excercise relaxation. ...Read more

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What are some of the medicines used to take care of adrenal gland?

What are some of the medicines used to take care of adrenal gland?

Several: There is cortisone and aldosterone replacement for deficiencies, plus several medications to suppress excess hormone secretion if present. ...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 might have the human adrenal gland be used as a drug, is that possible?

No: It would cause severe allergic reactions and potentially even death. Plus, I don't know anyone who wants to donate their adrenals. Don't get your medical information from friends, tv or internet scams. ...Read more

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How does one come to know that their adrenal gland is not functioning properly?

You'll be sick: Adrenal glands don't malfunction very often, and if they do, you'll be sick enough that it will be readily apparent. If they don't produce enough cortisone, symptoms are weight loss, weakness, low blood pressure, etc. Which are fairly obvious. ...Read more

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How should a benign adrenal gland cyst be treated?

Hormone check: I would check hormones to make sure it is not producing extra hormones. Otherwise if hounsfield unit indicates a cyst, then no need to do anything else except follow. ...Read more

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What does a limpoma on adrenal gland mean?

What does a limpoma on adrenal gland mean?

Adrenal mass: A lipoma or other small mass is relatively common but if you have high blood pressure your doctor should check some bloodwork to see if the adrenal is functioning correctly or if the mass is secreting BP raising chemicals. Generally most adrenal masses greater than 5 cm or functioning masses should be removed. An MRI may be able to tell if the smaller masses are serious. ...Read more

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Why can't you have an adrenal gland transplant?

Why can't you have an adrenal gland transplant?

Good Question: It probably could be done, but would involve difficult microsurgery of the adrenal gland blood vessels. However, if the adrenal was transplanted from another individual who was not an identical twin, you would need to take powerful anti-rejection drugs. The indication would be for addison's disease, which can usually be treated with other replacement oral steroids. ...Read more

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What makes adrenal gland produce too much epinephrine?

Tumor: A tumor, called pheochromacytoma is the usual cause of excess catecholamine production. This is a rare and dangerous disease that needs expert medical and surgical intervention. ...Read more

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What is a hyperfunctioning adenoma of the adrenal gland?

What is a hyperfunctioning adenoma of the adrenal gland?

Secretory: An adrenal adenoma usually does not produce the usual adrenal hormones (corticosteroids or mineralocorticoids) but if does, it is called hyperfunctioning. ...Read more

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Is full body paresthesia a possible symptom of an adrenal gland problem? Paresthesia happens when I get excited about something.

Is full body paresthesia a possible symptom of an adrenal gland problem? Paresthesia happens when I get excited about something.

Anxiety: Anxiety symptoms are not a sign of illness, they are the mind's ability to produce the flight or fight response which gives rise to many physiological changes include body pains, parasthesia, dry mouth, aphasia, tremor and sweating. Depending on the cause of your anxiety symptoms, your health care provider can recommend appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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I feel very hyper at night. It happens every night. I cannot rest feels like adrenal gland is way over producing. I am not taking any medication.

I feel very hyper at night. It happens every night. I cannot rest feels like adrenal gland is way over producing. I am not taking any medication.

Mysterious: You aren't taking any medication, but are you drinking coffee or other caffeinated drinks? What about nutritional supplements or vitamins? (some people don't think of those as "medication.") has something happened that causes you to be more vigilant at night? Are you able to sleep at all? I have more questions than answers, because more info is needed to answer you well. Plz see your doctor. ...Read more

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Could I speak to an adrenal gland specialist?

Maybe.: There may be an adrenal specialist who visits here although it might be hit and miss. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of kidney cysts or adrenal gland tumors?

What are the symptoms of kidney cysts or adrenal gland tumors?

Most times no sympto: Kidney cysts have no symptoms and are benign
adrenal tumors most of the time are symptomless and non cancerous. Rarely there is adrenal cortex carcinoma and need treatment, it is quite rare. Can cause pain, treatment may include surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation. ...Read more

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How is adrenal gland cancer prevented?

How is adrenal gland cancer prevented?

No prevention: There is no prevention for adrenal cancer. There no specific foods, medications, vitamins, activities, etc. To prevent it. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about tumor on adrenal gland?

Primary and metastat: Functional adrenal tumors of the cental cortex region cause Cushings disease. In the cortex one finds the pheochromocytoma which can be benign or malignant and produce hormonal activity elevating blood pressure. Metastatic lesions are also found with the primary in kidney or lung. In most cases, except for small benign adenoma, surgery indicated. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about rare adrenal gland tumor?

Can you tell me about rare adrenal gland tumor?

3 types: The adrenal gland is a double structured gland with a central medullary portion which when a tumor develops produces adrenaline like products elevating BP. The cortical tumors produce cortisone and when functional present with Cushngs syndrome. The 3rd lesion is metastatic to adrenal from primaries of kidney and lung and sometimes melanoma. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of adrenal gland disorder?

What are the symptoms of adrenal gland disorder?

Adrenal: The adrenal comprises 2 major parts - one that mediates " adrenalin" or catecholamines and the other that controls cortisone release, androgens, and a salt- retentive hormone called aldosterone. Depending on which part is affected symptoms differ. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is an adrenal gland disorder?

What sort of problem is an adrenal gland disorder?

Endocrine: I will refer this to experts in endocrinology and reproductive endocrinology. Thanks for asking this important question. ...Read more

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What does fullness in the left adrenal gland mean?

Large: The gland is enlarged. Usually benign caused by hyperplasia, usually as a reaction to some medicine or systemic process/illness. Could be a tumor. If so, usually benign, likely an incidental adenoma of no consequence. But needs to be evaluated further. ...Read more

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Could you tell me about an adrenal gland disorder?

Adrenal: What disorder do you have - too much adrenal hormone or too little? Surely you have seen a doctor about this.
If not, please do so.
Also go on-line and find some articles on adrenal gland disorders - there are many articles that are easy to read and understand. You could also go to your Public Library and look at some books about hormones. ...Read more