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Adrenal Insufficiency?

Since last year I've been talking Oral Steroids(For my asthma) 3 doses, every 4 months until this year last August. Now I have symptoms of adrenal insufficiency, and I've felt dizziness at least twice so far. I think I have this because I didn't tamper when taking the steroids. What should I do?

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Adrenal insufficiency?

My doctor is testing me for this today. I have had alot of problems, and nothing has been improving , I am worried. Can anyone post any information or first hand knowledge on this subject? I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks.

Adrenal insufficiency is called Addison's Disease. It occurs when your adrenal glands (which are each located on top of your kidneys). One of the hormones your body is not producing enough of is cortisol. You would need to get hormone replacement for the cortisol.

Google: mayo clinic>>diseases>>Adrenal Insufficiency

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adrenal insufficiency?

also called addison's disease; occurs when the adrenal glands do not produce enough of the hormone cortisol and, in some cases, the hormone aldosterone. The disease is also called hypocortisolism.

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What do you need to be aware of when diagnosed with adrenal insufficiency?

I was told I have adrenal insufficiency and looked on line about what this means as far as how it will affect the rest of my life. I have read you need to wear an alert bracelet (for what?) and other things.

Well if you read up on it you know that improperly treated, it could become a life or death situation if you were in an accident and unable to speak. Your medic alert will tell them of your condition, then they can in tern, contact your Dr and they will be able to find out what they need to do for you. I know, I wear a medic alert. If I didn't and I was in that situation, the first med they would give me for pain would kill me. It's a common pain medication and used at accident sites. For me, it's a death sentence. So you have your Dr. phone # on there as well as your physical problem. They can save your life. So get one. Adrenal insufficiency is a serious problem. Good luck  (+ info)

Can adrenal insufficiency cause high blood pressure also?

I was reading that adrenal insufficiency can cause low blood pressure. but it makes sense to me that it could do just the opposite too! correct?
I have heard of charged water, but given in a different way by readings of Edgar Cayce. Thanks so much for your information.

Primary adrenal insufficiency, also known as Addison's disease, occurs when the adrenal glands cannot produce an adequate amount of hormones despite a normal or increased ACTH (adrenocorticotropin hormone) level. Most patients with Addison's disease experience fatigue, generalized weakness, loss of appetite, weight loss and low blood pressure with lightheadedness after standing or sitting up.

Treatment of adrenal insufficiency involves the administration of adrenal hormones to mimic the normal output by the adrenal glands.
Underactivity of the adrenal glands is called hypoadrenalism. Many of the symptoms of hypoadrenalism are due to a deficiency of the steroid hormone cortisol, which is a potentially fatal deficiency if left uncorrected.

Other corticosteroids may be used to treat hypoadrenalism, including cortisone acetate, prednisolone (eg Deltacortril) and dexamethasone. However, it is difficult to judge the correct dose of prednisolone and dexamethasone. This may lead to the complications of long-term steroid treatment including avascular hip necrosis, osteoporosis, worsening of diabetes mellitus and HYPERTENSION(high blood pressure).
Cortisone acetate must be converted by the body into an active steroid, and the efficiency of conversion may vary between patients.

You should talk to your doctor for more details.
Take care as always!  (+ info)

Does anyone know anything about Fibromyalgia and Adrenal Insufficiency?

I have recently been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Adrenal Insufficiency. I am concerned about the Cortef that I am taking for the AI. My face is swelling and I have gained about 8 pounds in two weeks. Is this normal?

Here is an excellent yahoo group for people with Adrenal Insufficiency:
[email protected]
Here is one for Fibromyalgia:
[email protected]
I would join these groups to learn as much as I can. Just pose your question there and someone will be glad to help you.  (+ info)

Where to find about drugs which should not be given to patients suffering from primary adrenal insufficiency?

I would like to know what drugs should not be given to patients who are suffering from primary adrenal insufficiency and take hydro cortisone and florinef for the same.

Hello A S,

I could tell you everything about both but it would take too long for me to cover everything.

If you google in (CONTRAINDICATIONS OF FLORINEF) you should get a site to explain it all to you.

Do the same for hydrocortisone. But if you run into trouble just email me and I will tell you all I know about both.

Hope this helps.

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Did you find out you had underlying adrenal insufficiency while treated with levoxyl? What did you do?

My Dr. hasn't been interested in checking adrenals. I am stressed, don't sleep and have recently read that levoxyl is contraindicated when an underlying adrenal insufficiency is present. I have conversion pain because I don't convert t4 properly so I have no energy or metabolism. This will kill me unless I figure out how to get a Dr. who thinks out of the box and understands endocrine systems beyond what conventional medicine teaches.

get cortisollevelschecked. not a big deal. if necessary, see an endocrinologist! good luck!  (+ info)

What are the effects or signs and symptoms of Adrenal Insufficiency?

What would I be or not be feeling if I become Adrenal Insufficient.

The typical signs would be fatigue and loss of energy, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, weight loss, muscle weakness, dizziness when standing, dehydration, anxiety and depression.

Skin may also darken if ACTH gets very high. It may be an all over tan, or spots (like age spots) or just scars may darken or a combination of all three.

It can happen due to your pituitary not working well, or your adrenals themselves not working well (usually auto-immune disease) or as in my case, removal.  (+ info)

Would a electrolyte panel show an adrenal insufficiency?

What are some of the tests that would show an adrenal insufficiency; are they accurate?...The electrolyte panel that I was referring to in the question showed the following: Na, K, and more.

If sodium is low and potassium is high, that would show AI, then more tests should be done.

Na being low and K being high is an adrenal crisis.

But really what should be tested is more like cortisol, dhea sulfate, ACTH, cortisol (urine, blood, saliva), renin, aldosterone and a cortisol stim test would be better...  (+ info)

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