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Why would someone with addison's disease have low cortisol and high potassium?

Addison's disease. Patients with addison's disease have a low cortisol level since the adrenal glands do not produce it. They have high potassium levels because their adrenal glands do not produce aldosterone, which helps the body get rid of potassium in the kidney. Read more...

Why does one have low cortisol and high potassium levels in addison's disease?

See below. Addison's disease is a state of low cortisol or hypocortisolism. In addition to cortsiol, the adrenal galnd also produces a very important hormone called aldosterone. The latter is responsible for reabsorbing sodium from the urine in exchange for potassium. If such hormone is not produced in sufficient quantity (either isolated or in conjunction with cortisol), potassium levels go up. Read more...
Decreased exchange. In addisons disease there is decreased production of cortisol and aldosterone. These are responsible for decreased potassium excretion in urine and high levels of potassium in blood. Read more...

What are the symptoms of addison's disease other than low cortisol levels?

Severe symptoms. Patients with true addison's disease have severe symptoms that include: orthostatic hypotension (blood pressure drops when standing leading to lightheadedness), loss of appetite (that can be as extreme as nausea/vomiting), weight loss; weakness, fatigue, darkening of the skin. It may present as a chronic illness, suggesting an underlying cancer, as a result, the diagnosis is missed frequently. Read more...

I have low cortisol levels, though not Addison disease. How may they treat it?

Many options. I don't know how your docs may treat but I'd advise adrenal supporting herbs like Ashwagandha, Rhodiola & Cordyceps, reducing stress (both physical & emotional), healthy low-glycemic diet, adequate rest & meditation. Treat any infections (including chronic low-grade ones) & avoid allergens/allergenic foods (often undiagnosed). Consider adrenal glandular extracts. See http://www.adrenalfatigue.org/ Read more...

Can addison disease present symptoms of hypoKpp? I have low cortisol, and bouts of low K and glucose. Weakness, numbness, fatigue, thirst, lightheaded

Addison disease. usually causes higher rather than lower potassium. How do you know you have low cortisol levels? What tests were done and what were the results. Low blood sugar is vanishingly rare and a frequently overdiagnosed and misdiagnosed disorder unless you are on diabetes medication. Discuss w/your doctor. Read more...
Addison's disease. Adrenocortical insufficiency is an unusual disorder of the adrenal cortex that controls mineralocorticoid, androgen, and glucocorticoid function. It typically arises in the 30-50's and is insidious in its onset. It has a variety of symptoms including the ones you mention. However, the potassium abnormalities are usually elevated and not low. Please see an Endocrinologist for further details. Read more...

Can you tell me anything about low cortisol or addisons desease?

Complex. Hi. "Low cortisol" could be normal or sign of disease. I must assume your doctor checked cortisol because of some symptoms you've been having & maybe some findings on physical exam. Cortisol fluctuates throughout the day, so WHEN it's drawn does matter. Is your ACTH high? If your doc thinks you're underproducing cortisol, provocative testing may be needed if primary problem pituitary not adrenal. Read more...
Addison"s disease. Addison's disease is a term for low cortisol level, usually related to problems with the adrenal glands. This can be quickly confirmed and an appropriate dose of cortisone is needed daily. The dose may vary from time to time but you will be the first to recognize it. You should see an Endocrinologist about this. Read more...

Would gatorade at least 3 bottles a day prevent electorlytes being low enough and an addisons conformation when low cortisol has been confirmed?

Hard to say. If you suspect such an issue you should seek proper diagnosis and address management with the treatment team. Consumption of any product like Gateraid by someone whose hormone system is not managing their electrolyte balance can get into trouble quickly.Don't try to self manage something that could put you into the hospital an bad shape. Read more...

So all of my issues with high white count, high platelets, high potassium, severe anemia, could that be addison's disease?

Several causes. Probably better to see your doctor as there are several possibilities including infection, bleeding before thinking of addison's. Read more...
Could be. Your issues could be addison's but could be something else, but without further history and exam, it is impossible to say anything. Read more...

High potassium, platelets, wbc, acth test low. Fever still, muscle, joint pain, dizziness, etc, chiari too. Borderline addison's.Do I have it? Hemoc poss. Y

Not likely,,, Due to your low acth, you might have secondary adrenal insufficiency which can give many of the same symptoms, like dizziness and muscle pain. You also could have an infection as seen with your high wbc. It would be smart to see your doctor and get an acth stimulation test to see for sure if your adrenals work right. Read more...