Saturday, December 31, 2016

How Can I Tell If I Have Addison's Disease?

A woman asked this question, "How do you go about finding out if you have Addisons disease? Should I go see an endocrinologist? I have many of the symptoms but the only thing that has popped up on my blood work was high potassium. My blood pressure has always been low so that isn't alarming to my dr. Thank you for advice."

Here is information on tests for Addison's Disease.

The thing to remember is that you are not considered to have Addison's Disease until 90 percent of your adrenal cortex (outer part of your adrenal glands) has been destroyed. Exhausting your body takes time. You may suddenly reach a noticeable crisis point, but getting to that point has probably taken years.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of adrenal exhaustion, you should check with your doctor. Endocrinologists are the type of doctors who specialize in endocrine system problems. The adrenal glands are a part of the endocrine system, so he would be a good doctor to go to. Try and see if he has any experience with adrenal problems. Most of them are swamped with trying to help diabetics (the pancreas is also part of the endocrine system), so make sure he (or she) has the time to help you work things out.

If he does not find any other reason for your problems, I would ask him to give the tests to check your level of adrenal function. If it does not say that you officially have Addison's Disease, but you still have many of the symptoms, I would start trying to do the things that can help improve your adrenal function, such as good diet, good relationships, plenty of rest and relaxation, moderate exercise, and avoiding all possible stress. (see my articles on Adrenal Recovery) If you take care of your self now, you might avoid ever getting to the point of adrenal exhaustion which we call Addison's Disease.

Keep an health journal of how you are feeling, when, and what happened (I just had an argument etc.).  With effort and prayer, your health can improve.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Can Low Adrenal Cause Muscle and Joint Pain?

A woman wrote in and said that her 30 year old daughter who has Addison's Disease is having severe joint pain. She asks, "Are there any rare Autoimmune Diseases that causes joint pain?" There might be. You might want to ask your doctor. I am just a person who has had her adrenal glands fail, and I know that low adrenal function can cause a LOT of join pain. I felt like crying. It hurt so bad. I could barely move, stand up, or even bend my fingers. It was miserable! This happened when I was experiencing severe low adrenal symptoms. I usually had to have complete rest, make sure I had good nutrition (no chemicals in my food or water), and "veg" (watch comedy videos, watch the birds, i.e. very low stress). It also meant that I was excessively stressed and needed to temporarily increase my hydrocortisone medication (only do under your doctor's instruction by a small amount such as 5mg  a day). The extra cortisone helped to lessen the inflammation and thus cut down on the pain.  After a few weeks I would feel better.

The symptoms of low Adrenal function are many. Exhaustion affects all parts of your body. Here are some of the affects of low adrenal function.
(In the list of symptoms, look under "Muscle")

joint and muscle pain and aches caused by inflammation
Instability of joints leading to pain - low back pain, knee pain, feet and ankles, calves

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Addison's Suport Group

I have been asked about a Support Group for people with Addison's Disease. This is a very helpful Self-help group with practical, experience based answers. They also have wonderful articles on their site. I have used their information as my guide book. Here is the link.

Dr. Thomas Addison was the doctor in 19 century England who discovered the disease we now call Addison's disease. There has been a lot of support in the UK for many years.