Friday, February 13, 2015

Where Did You Get Your Information?

A person wrote to me and said that she appreciated this blog and asked me where I got my information. She wanted to share it with her doctor. This is my reply to her.

Glad this is of help to you. It took 35 years of illness and tests to find out that I had Addison's Disease.

I list some of my main resources on the blog

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Have you been diagnosed with Addison's Disease?

I have had the blood test to see what my production of cortisone was ; the results -- "no detectable level" of cortisone.  Yes, I have been diagnosed with Addison's Disease (very, very low adrenal function) .  You have to remember that losing adrenal function can be a slow declining process. You can have many of the symptoms but milder and less frequently when your adrenal glands are stressed but still functioning. At this point, avoiding stress, rest, good nutrition, and relaxation can help the adrenal gland to heal.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Low Back Pain

I was asked if I get low back pain. Yes, sometimes.

When I get lower back pain I know that I am very worn down and need to increase my hydrocortisone or I will soon have an Addison's crisis.

Hot Sweats

I was asked if I ever get hot sweats. Yes!

I find that I have more hot sweats when my cortisone level is low. When I am well rested, have adrenal reserves built up, and am feeling relaxed, I only have a few a day. Mainly I get hot a little while after eating, when I'm very tired, and when I get under the covers in bed. Without the normal adrenal regulation, I have trouble regulating body temperature. The normal small rise in body temperature become a large rise for me. I dress in layers and adjust for my changing temperature which helps keep it more moderate.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Feeling Anxious

A man asked me if I ever feel anxious. Here is my response to that question.

If I do not have enough cortisone "cover" I can become anxious. If I have over done it (more stress than medicine to handle it), then I will need a little more medication for a few days and I will need to eat more often. This helps me not to feel anxious.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Can Addison's Disease cause Hyperparathyroid?

Question: "I have read that Addisonians can have hypoparathyroid but not anything about hyperparathyroid. My levels have been high...10.8 for more than a year now and my parathyroid level was a little high as well. "

This person said she has Addison's disease and Graves disease (over production of thyroid hormones)

High calcium levels (hypercalcaemia) can cause hyperparathyroid (over production of parathyroid hormones).

When the adrenal glands do not work well and produce few adrenal hormones, it can cause hypoparathyroid (low parathyroid hormone production).

Your high levels are probably from the Graves disease. Few things are high with Addison's disease. I run on low.

You might want to discuss this with your doctor.

Addison's Disease and High Calcium Levels

A woman said to me,

"I am wondering if you are aware of high calcium levels associated with Addison's?"

Yes. Since the Adrenal glands are responsible for regulating the minerals in your blood, if the adrenal glands are not working well, your levels of minerals can be unbalanced. I am allergic to cow's milk, so I didn't absorb much calcium at all. Now I take three calcium citrate pills each day. I also take fludrocortisone which keeps my minerals in balance. This is how I avoid high calcium levels.