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.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Iodine and Low Thyroid

This same person also said, "I already use Sea Kelp which has helped with the thyroid symptoms immensely."  I have had low thyroid partly because I can not absorb many types of iodine. My doctor told me that the iodine in iodized salt is a type that is very stable and stores well, but many people can not absorb it. I couldn't. There are several other iodine compounds. You can be test to see if you absorb that type of compound. One of the best sources of iodine is Sea Kelp. Many people can absorb it well and their goiter goes away.

Can you test "normal" and still be sick?

A person who has been ill for a long time with fatigue, muscle and joint pain, throbbing pains in neck, groin and armpits, weight gain, bloating, dry skin etc asked to have their level of thyroid and cortisone tested.  All was in the "normal" range.  I tested  low but "normal" for many years. My doctor explained that most tests don't give the whole picture. For instance, my thyroid hormone levels were low but within the normal range, still I exhibited all the symptoms of low thyroid. How could that be? He explained to me that all the test measures is what thyroid hormones are in our blood stream. The test does not measure if those hormones get into my cells as they should, or if they do what they are supposed to do in my body.  I could have a resistance to a hormone and need a higher level than expected to be "normal".  My doctor uses tests, but looks at all the symptoms. When the symptoms indicate a possibility, we test that hypothesis.  I might try a B12 shot, or a different medication, or diet. If it helps, then that probably is my problem even it the tests do not clearly show it. Keeping a health journal has been a big help in identify symptoms and helping determining what is the matter.