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Addison's Disease

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  • Posted By: Cobalt87
  • April 26, 2008
  • 05:24 PM

I have had chronic adrenal problems, but not formal diagnoses. I have been on adrenal supplements which have helped tremendously, but when I go off of them when the adrenals are "healed" about 3 to 6 months later, I'm back where I started. At my worst, I have a hard time getting out of bed at all in the morning, and never feel like I have normal energy during the day. I like to sleep a lot, but also have a hard time falling asleep at night. I also am sensitive heat and cold, have hypothryriodism, and a lot of food sensistivies. I am also a college student majoring in engineering, which is very stressful. My health is getting bad enough that I'm doing lousy in school. Could this be Addison's Disease or some other chronic adrenal problem? If not, what else could it be? I would like to meet someone with Addson's so I could know more about the condition first hand, not from textbooks. My mom has similar symptomes so maybe this is inherited. I was sent to a cardiologist and checked out fine with the holter monitor and heart ultrasound. Any and all help will be greatly appreciated!!:)

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  • Hi. I don't know if you will see this since you posted so long ago. I hope that you have found a solution and are feeling better by now. If not, I want to recommend Isocort. I am in a similar situation health wise, as you. I have hypothyroid and Addison's disease. I developed Addison's disease slowly over about 6 years of living with an extreme amount of stress. The stress that I endured was at a toxic level and was actually more equivalent to "fear" than "stress." Well, my immune system attacked my adrenals which were constantly surging adrenal hormones until the adrenals became damaged. I was also in college while this was happening. I have food allergies and sensitivities and inflammation throughout my body as well as many other issues associated with Addison's disease, but I am well. I consider myself a healthy person thanks to this medication, Isocort. It is freeze dried adrenal cortex from sheep. I also switched my synthetic thyroid hormone to Armour Thyroid. My life changed completely. I thank God frequently and have to remember to do so more often, actually. I have been so well now for the past years, that sometimes I forget "gratitude." :) If you see this message, look into Isocort and Armour (Isocort most specifically). These are animal hormones as opposed to synthetic chemical hormones/steroids. My life goes on as normal now. I travel all over the world and I don't skip a beat! I have energy. I dance and exercise and I am in great physical shape. I want everyone with adrenal issues/addison's disease to feel the same and to know that this alternative treatment is out there. Maybe you still need supplementation for your adrenal insufficiency and 3-6 months, as indicated, is not enough. It sounds like you need some good medical care. (Something that I did not receive in time.) Be persistent and have your Cortisol level and ACTH tested repeatedly until you are clear about what is going on. You can also have a test for antibodies which will tell you if you are dealing with an auto-immune component (which most likely you are if you have hypothyroid with Hashimoto's, as I do). I know it sounds a bit daunting and negative, but it's not. I think, perhaps these illnesses happen to us to let us know that we need to change something and to take better care of ourselves. And every "body" is different with its own limits, every soul on a different path. For me, this experience was ***l, turned to good. Good luck. I hope you feel better fast. I have had chronic adrenal problems, but not formal diagnoses. I have been on adrenal supplements which have helped tremendously, but when I go off of them when the adrenals are "healed" about 3 to 6 months later, I'm back where I started. At my worst, I have a hard time getting out of bed at all in the morning, and never feel like I have normal energy during the day. I like to sleep a lot, but also have a hard time falling asleep at night. I also am sensitive heat and cold, have hypothryriodism, and a lot of food sensistivies. I am also a college student majoring in engineering, which is very stressful. My health is getting bad enough that I'm doing lousy in school. Could this be Addison's Disease or some other chronic adrenal problem? If not, what else could it be? I would like to meet someone with Addson's so I could know more about the condition first hand, not from textbooks. My mom has similar symptomes so maybe this is inherited. I was sent to a cardiologist and checked out fine with the holter monitor and heart ultrasound. Any and all help will be greatly appreciated!!:)
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