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My TSH level came back 0.010. Does this mean my adrenal gland isnt 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 isnt 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