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.
http://livingwithaddisondisease.blogspot.com/2016/08/tests-for-low-adrenal-function.html

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.

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