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What is the difference between addison's disease and primary adrenal insufficiency ?

What is the difference between addison's disease and primary adrenal insufficiency ?

Can be the same: Addison's disease is primary adrenal insufficiency and implies that the immune system is attacking the part of the adrenal gland which makes cortisol. Primary adrenal insufficiency doesn't have to be autoimmune, however. Secondary adrenal insufficiency is when the pituitary gland doesn't make enough acth, a hormone which signals the adrenal gland to make cortisol. ...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


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What is the difference between addison's disease & just having adrenal insufficiency?

Usually same: Addison’s disease (also chronic adrenal insufficiency) is a rare, chronic endocrine disorder in which the adrenal glands do not produce sufficient steroid hormones (glucocorticoids and often mineralocorticoids). With a number of relatively nonspecific symptoms, such as abdominal pain and weakness, but under certain circumstances, can be life-threatening.Addison's disease occurs in all age groups. ...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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Is there a difference between adrenal insufficiency vs. Addison's?

Is there a difference between adrenal insufficiency vs. Addison's?

Can be the same: Addison's disease is primary adrenal insufficiency and implies destruction of the part of the adrenal gland which makes cortisol. Secondary adrenal insufficiency is when the pituitary gland doesn't make enough acth, a hormone which signals the adrenal gland to make cortisol. ...Read more

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Is there a connection between addisons disease and diabetes?

Is there a connection between addisons disease and diabetes?

Connection: There is a condition called polyglandular syndrome consisting primarily of autoimmune thyroid, adrenal and type 1 diabetes. In general, whenever you have one autoimmune disease, you are at higher risk of developing another autoimmune disease. ...Read more

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What is it like to have addisons disease?

What is it like to have addisons disease?

Many things: Hi. Addison's disease is primary adrenal failure, usually of autoimmune etiology. The patients feel fatigue & malaise, dizziness on standing, nausea, loss of appetite, weight loss, low BP, high pulse, darkening skin, low blood sodium, high blood potassium, hi ACTH & low cortisol. In the untreated state, any severe illness, infection, trauma, etc can be lethal. Treat with Cortef & Florinef. ...Read more

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What does addisons disease do to a person?

What does addisons disease do to a person?

Weakness, low BP : In addison's disease, one's adrenal glands are not producing enough cortisone, aldosterone, & sex hormones. BP is very low; hr can be fast. Chronic nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea; extreme fatigue & weakness; salt craving; darkening of skin in some places, paleness in others -- the person can look patchy. With hormone replacement therapy, normal life is possible. http://tinyurl.com/4ytupea. ...Read more

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Do you know anything about addisons disease?

Do you know anything about addisons disease?

Yes: What you need to know, as an ordinary person, is that in the us it is usually due to autoimmunity, in the rest of the world it is often due to tuberculosis, it is rare, most people who think they have it are actually responding to life stress, it is easily ruled in or out with labs provided the practitioner knows what he/she is doing, and patients must take rx and carry a needle and information. ...Read more

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Can addisons disease be cured? Need expert opinions!

Can addisons disease be cured? Need expert opinions!

Nope: Hi. Addison's disease can be treated, but not cured, much like type 1 diabetes, hypothyroidism, hypopituitarism, etc. Don't forget to talk with your doc about stress doses of your glucocorticoid (probably hydrocortisone or prednisone), and to have an injectable glucocorticoid on hand in case you can't keep anything down by mouth, to buy you time to get to the ER. All the best. ...Read more

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Need a simple explaination for this. What does addisons disease do to a person?

Nothing simple here: Inability to make cortisol renders a person weak, sickly, often dark-complected, interferes with control of blood potassium and glucose, and puts them at risk for dying suddenly when stressed. Once diagnosed, it's managed easily enough but the person does well to sport a tag warning of addisonism so extra cortisol can be given in a medical crisis. Autoimmue form runs with other illnesses. ...Read more

Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Fibromyalgia (Definition)

Widespread pain and tenderness on palpation of specific muscle points, associated with variety of other symptoms that include fatigue, sleep disturbances, depression, anxiety, ...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