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What sort of problem is adrenal insufficiency?

What sort of problem is adrenal insufficiency?

No stress hormones: Can be due to autoimmune problems, infections, e.g. Tb, hiv, other, etc. Decreased production of stress hormones, can lead to fatigue, weight loss, nausea, blood pressure drops, menstrual changes, excess skin pigmentation and other symptoms. Can be a real problem if untreated and faced with acute stress like surgery or infection. ...Read more

Dr. David Geffner
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Addison's Disease (Definition)

Chronic adrenal insufficiency. You may consult this site for more information on this topic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/addisons-disease/home/ovc-20155636 For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any ...Read more


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What do you need to worry about when diagnosed with a problem like adrenal insufficiency?

What do you need to worry about when diagnosed with a problem like adrenal insufficiency?

Cause and Management: It is important to determine the reason for the insuffiency so that things likely to be associated with the different causes of adrenal insufficiency are properly followed. Treatment of adrenal insufficiency is vital to survival. It involves replacing cortisol with other steroids, like with hydrocortisone. Also important is how to deal with adrenal insufficiency during other illnesses. ...Read more

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Can you get home tests that tell you if you have adrenal insufficiency or problems with the gland?

Can you get home tests that tell you if you have adrenal insufficiency or problems with the gland?

No: An endocrinologist needs to be involved in order to diagnose adrenal insufficiency. Usually stimulation testing is necessary. If your pituitary gland is involved then other hormones will also be checked. The adrenal makes lots of different hormones. If the source of insufficiency is because of congenital adrenal hyperplasia or autoimmune disease, testing is a little different. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get home tests which tell you if you have adrenal insufficiency or problems with the gland?

Is it possible to get home tests which tell you if you have adrenal insufficiency or problems with the gland?

Not a simple issue: Adrenal pathology is not an issue for self diagnosis. The tests for adrenal function often require collection of 24 hour urine and complicated tests. If you have a concern, please discuss the issue with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can adrenal insufficiency cause memory and cognitive problems?

Can adrenal insufficiency cause memory and cognitive problems?

Yes, in stress.: Adrenal insufficiency can cause memory loss, especially in stressful situations, as well as confusion, absentmindedness. There is poor resistance to stress, great difficulty to functioning well in stressful situations, or even to react to them, becoming paralyzed. Stress is experienced as being unfair, too much. ...Read more

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In adrenal insufficiency supplementation, does one single dose of 20 mg with a high peak cause more health problems than spreading out 10, 5 and 5 mg?

Adrenal: There is no quick and easy answer because your dose of cortisol will not be constant. Initially you are likely to start with a high dose followed by changes (downwards) as things cone under control. Your doctor will help you through this and you will feel much better. ...Read more

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Without knowing what caused my adrenal insufficiency plus autoimmune thyroiditis, low-t, low vit. D, etc, is the adrenal problems likely to reoccur?

Without knowing what caused my adrenal insufficiency plus autoimmune thyroiditis, low-t, low vit. D, etc, is the adrenal problems likely to reoccur?

Gland problems: If you have insufficiency of adrenals, thyroid, and gonads, you may have one of the autoimmune polyendocrine syndromes. The glandular failures, when they occur in this relatively rare disorder, are usually permanent. But you need to be under the care of an endocrinologist, who is best equipped to diagnose and treat this. ...Read more

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I have been on Synthroid (thyroxine) and testosterone well over a year and also have adrenal insufficiency. I feel worse! can an rt3 ratio of 13.6 be a problem?

I have been on Synthroid (thyroxine) and testosterone well over a year and also have adrenal insufficiency. I feel worse! can an rt3 ratio of 13.6 be a problem?

Possibly-which ratio: There are 2 rt3 ratios- free t3/rt3 ; total t3/rt3. A free t3/rt3 ratio of 13.6 is too low and thus could be a problem. See http://www.Stopthethyroidmadness.Com/rt3-ratio/ ; http://www.Stopthethyroidmadness.Com/reverse-t3/ most who are hypothyroid need to take Cytomel (liothyronine) (t3) as well as synthroid- see http://abt.Cm/18gpb3a ; http://bit.Ly/15k26u8. ...Read more

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What is adrenal insufficiency?

Low adrenal function: The adrenal glands make a number of different hormones, most importantly cortisol. When a person's adrenals cannot make normal amounts of cortisol, they are diagnosed with adrenal insufficiency, or failure. This can be due to a problem in the adrenals (infection, tumor, bleeding, auto-immune destruction) or in the pituitary or parts of the brain that control the adrenals. ...Read more

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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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Is adrenal insufficiency hereditary?

Is adrenal insufficiency hereditary?

It can be.: One cause of adrenal insufficiency, addison's disease, is an auto-immune disorder. The immune system mistakenly makes antibodies targeting one or more proteins in the adrenal cortex, and winds up destroying the adrenal cortex, so that the adrenals can no longer make cortisol, or other hormones. As is true for most auto-immune disorders, a tendency to develop addison's can run in families. ...Read more

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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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How is adrenal insufficiency treated?

How is adrenal insufficiency treated?

HRT: Hormone replacement: Hydrocortisone (some use Prednisone or dexamethasone) possibly Fludrocortisone in addition. These are given orally to replace the cortisol and aldosterone no longer made in sufficient amounts. ...Read more

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What exactly is adrenal insufficiency?

What exactly is adrenal insufficiency?

See below: http://endocrine.niddk.nih.gov/pubs/addison/addison.aspx Pease visit the web address given above as the issue is too complicated to answer in 400 characters. ...Read more

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What exactly is adrenal insufficiency?

Adrenal cortex loss: Hi. Adrenal deficiency refers to Addison's disease, primary adrenal cortical failure, where the body is deficient in two vital adrenal cortical steroid hormones, cortisol and aldosterone. Central/pituitary adrenal insufficiency is deficient only in cortisol (not aldosterone). Cortisol is a vital "stress" hormone, and is necessary for life in the long run and the acute physiologic stress setting. ...Read more

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How is adrenal insufficiency diagnosed?

How is adrenal insufficiency diagnosed?

Stimulation Test: Cortisol levels vary widely between individuals, and by time of day and are affected by illness. So random levels may not be helpful. A stimulation test with an injection of Cortrosyn to make the adrenals release cortisol is used. Blood is drawn just before, and 30 and 60 minutes after the Cortrosyn injection. Stimulated levels above 18-20 usually indicate normal adrenal function. ...Read more

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How do you treat adrenal insufficiency?

Steroid replacements: The adrenal gland produces more than one type of steroid . In adrenal crisis, the patient needs intravenous fluids, intravenous steroids and rest-true crisis to be treated in a hospital setting. With cortisol deficiency, cortisol replacement is needed.-accomplished with hydrocortisone, Prednisone etc..A deficiency of adrenal mineralcorticoid production or aldosterone, Fludrocortisone is treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Suzanne Galli
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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


Dr. Cayce Jehaimi
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Adrenal Insufficiency (Definition)

Adrenal insufficiency is either an absent or abnormally low production and/or secretion of hormones produced by the adrenal gland. Hormones produced by the adrenal glands include those involved with salt regulation, sugar metabolism, and sex hormones ...Read more