What sort of disorder is an endocrine disorder?

Hormones. The endocrine system is composed of a variety of glands and organs each of which secretes hormones that act locally or in other places throughout the body to have certain effects. Body parts with endocrine functions range from the pituitary gland in the brain to the thyroid gland in the neck to the adrenal glands in the abdomen. Endocrine disorders can range from pubertal problems to growth problems to disorders of calcium homeostasis to types of diabetes.
Hormone problem . The term "hormone" is often misunderstood. It is a substance produce by an organ that is secreted into the blood stream and affects tissues that are in other parts of the body. Examples are insulin, thyroid hormone, and cortisol to name just a few. Endocrine disorders are due to an excess or lack of a hormone, the body's inability to use a hormone correctly or a tumor in an endocrine organ.
Of the "glands" A disorder of the endocrine system - glands which secrete hormones that regulate body homeostasis, or balance. Vary, depending on the gland involved. Examples are diabetes, hypo and hyper thyroidism, pituitary giantism, acromegaly, some forms of dwarfism, adrenal insufficiency, pheochromocytoma, precocious puberty and others. A wide spectrum....

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Is it true that osteoporosis is an endocrine disorder?

Sometimes. Some, but not all cases of osteoporosis are associated with gland problems: too much thyroid or parathyroid hormones from those glands; the adrenal gland putting out excess cortisone; the pituitary (master gland) can also increase some of these hormones. Read more...
Yes. Although osteoporosis can be managed by many subspecialties (endocrinology, rheumatology, orthopedics, gynecology, geriatrics, bone metabolism is regulated by several hormones, therefore it is an endocrine disorder. Read more...

Is there an endocrine disorder that would cause an anxious feeling for no apparent reason?

Yes, but rare. We all learned in medical school about pheochromocytoma, a tumor of the adrenal glands that produces spurts of adrenaline leading to random spasms of anxiety, but in my clinical experience I have yet to encounter a patient who has this. Patients with hyperthyroidism from grave's disease, thyroiditis or thyroid storm can also present with anxiety. Still, the most likely cause is panic disorder. Read more...
With good reason . Hyperthyroidism is well known for causing anxiety as can a pheochromocytoma. Both release hormones that increase stress hormone levels. Adrenal insufficiency also causes anxiety with release of other stress hormones when cortisol is deficient. Anything that causes low blood sugar can cause anxiety also. All of these disorders cause anxiety for a reason, however. Read more...
Endocrine/anxiety. Some examples are high thyroid function, low blood sugar, adrenal gland abnormality. Read more...
Yes . Hyperthyroidism (an over active thyroid ) can cause palpitations, tremors and anxiety. A much rarer disorder, a pheochromocytoma, which is an adrenaline producing tumor, can also cause palpitations and tremors. Read more...

Could an endocrine disorder cause sudden significant sweating (face, back of neck, chest) a few times a day not related to menopause or prednisone?

Yes. Do you have associated palpitation & HA? Have you checked blood pressure? Pheochromocytoma (a neuroendocrine tumor mostly involving adrenal gland) usually presents with sudden episodic symptoms of palpitation, severe perspiration especially involving upper half of body, headache and severe hypertension. Do you have hot flush? Talk to your DOC. You may need evaluation and physical examination. Read more...
Further testing. Uncontrolled diabetes causes sweating. Increased thyroid function can increase sweating and the body temperature. Can be due to some medications used for anxiety or depression, specially in combination with other drugs . Infections or autoimmune disorders should be considered. Read more...
Yes, but uncommon. Though the symptoms you describe could be related to an overactive thyroid or a super rare endocrine tumor like carcinoid or pheochromocytoma, the most likely thing is plain old, garden variety hot flashes. there are numerous other non endocrine possibilities. Please make and appointment to have your doc examine you and take a thorough history. That is the best place to start. Well wishes! Read more...

Which is the worst endocrine disorder is associated with the malfunctioning gland?

Perspecitve. Lots of difficult endocrine disorders which will affect life. Some include: pituitary failure, men (esp 2), some disorders of sexual differentiation where we don't know the sex of the baby at birth (and others), autoimmune polyglandular syndromes, stim g-protein disorders (mccune albright). It's hard to say which is the worst because all of them are so life-changing for the patients & families. Read more...

For a 29 yo female, no children, with 4 recent episodes of 5-10 day acute confusion psychosis since december (no history) req hospitalisation, as well as 4 month amenorrhea is endocrine disorder pos?

Psychoses. The constellation of symptoms could be endocrine- specifically thyroid related. If you were hospitalized, the appropriate testing was probably done. Follow up with your doctor. Read more...
Uncertain. The amenorrhea could be secondary to pregnancy or an endocrine disorder. Rarely, some endocrine conditions can cause psychosis (example- hyperthyroidism secondary to graves' disease). I think it also would be important to rule out high prolactin levels and excess of adrenal hormone levels (androgens)- seek help from your doctor or see an endocrinologist. Read more...