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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)

I have an 80 year old man said to have intraabdominal malignancy with hepatic metastases. What is this?

After imaging he was told it was intraabdominal malignancy with hepatic metastases but no ascites. I wonder what is this. The patient had been feeling dizzy and swolen legs sometimes. It is said it has to do with the liver. Is this a cancer or what?
What happens from now on in treatment and his health?

Yes it is cancer, but it is not liver cancer. Intraabdominal means within the abdomen, so he has cancer within the abdomen that has spread to his liver without any surrounding fluid build up.

The next steps would be to do a biopsy to determine the primary site, run some tumor marker tests and do other radiographic exams to determine if there are any other metastatic sites.

When this is complete then the doctors will be able to discuss treatment options and prognosis. It is not possible to answer those questions without knowing what kind of cancer he has.  (+ info)

Could you please tell me the difference between Chronic Venous Insufficiency and Peripheral Vascular Disease?

I was told yesterday by my doctor that I have Chronic Venous Insufficiency which I think I understand. However, I also came across PVD and then became confused. Are they the same?

chronic venous insufficiency is when your veins cant pump the blood back to your heart (so it pools in your legs).

peripheral vascular disease (which common in diabetics or people with high cholesterol) is a problem with the arteries (not veins) that are clogged up (from atherosclerosis) and thus cannot deliver enough blood to the peripheral limbs (such as legs) resulting in symptoms of the pain (intermittent claudication or pain in calves after exertion) or ulcers.  (+ info)

What can I do to decrease the pain caused by Venous Insufficiency?

My grandpa is having painfull legs because of Venous Insufficiency.
I'm looking for some kind of remedy to help him cure from Venous Insufficiency.Please help me out.
Thank you.

taking an NSAID like Indocin or Naproxyn help the inflammed vein. Loose fitting clothing. Taking an anticoagulant (heparin will help from getting clots) elevating the legs above the heart. If you have to put him compression stockings (talk to doctor about this). Keep an eye out for any sores that start on his affected leg. This is more than likely the start of an ulcer that he needs to see a doctor for. Applying warm moist heat to the affected area helps. It opens up the vessel letting the leg drain better too. Get him to lie down to get the legs to drain. Changing positions frequently. Walk frequently but avoid sitting and standing for long time periods.  (+ info)

Does anyone know the dangers of a hepatic adenoma during pregnancy?

I am 25 weeks and have a hepatic adenoma. It is the size of a golf ball. Everything I read says that there is risk of rupture in the third trimester. Anyone know of this?

Hepatobiliary disease, although rare, may present during pregnancy with potential complications for mother and fetus. We present two cases of choledochal cysts and one case of a hepatic adenoma diagnosed in gravid patients. All three patients had acute events or failed medical management and were successfully treated with open resection, excision, or reconstruction during the second or third trimesters of pregnancy without requiring blood transfusions or tocolytic therapy. Although conservative treatment may be indicated in select patients due to the risk of underlying disease, we recommend surgical treatment preferably in the second trimester. With diligent intra- and postoperative management, pregnant patients can safely proceed with major hepatobiliary surgery  (+ 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)

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)

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.

Love Mel.X  (+ info)

I have minor hepatic enlargement and borderline spleen enlargement, what does this mean?

would this mean Leuckemia or something like that?

is spleen enlargement dangerous?

is hepatic enlargement dangerous?

Spleen and liver enlargement are both signs of various diseases, some serious and some not. You should have some blood tests. Also, you might not have anything wrong at all.  (+ info)

Which of the following is not true of hepatic portal condition?

1.It collects blood from digestive organs and sends that blood to the liver.
2. The blood in the liver from the hepatic portal system has already passed through one set of capilaries.
3. It is important in maintaining blood homeostasis.
4.All of the above

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