Publisher: Kenneth Kee
Publication Date: August 08, 2017
Binding: Kobo eBook
Adrenal Insufficiency (Addison Disease) is a disease that is caused by the deficiency of circulating glucocorticosteroids and mineral corticoids (aldosterone) hormones as a result of disease of the adrenal glands.
Adrenal Insufficiency is a disorder in which the patient does not make enough cortisol and other hormones in the adrenal glands.
Different symptoms form if the cortisol value reaches too low a level.
A extremely low cortisol level can be threatening to life.
1. Auto-immune disease (Type 1 PGA – Poly-glandular Autoimmune Syndrome) of the adrenals with destruction of the adrenal parenchyma is associated with circulating antibodies and decreased production of glucocorticosteroids.
2. Tuberculosis of the adrenal glands especially in developing countries
3. Adrenal tumors that may be benign or malignant can reduce production of corticosteroids.
4. Cancers of other parts of the body, which can spread and destroy the adrenals.
In many cases the symptoms develop gradually over weeks or months
A person may feel tired and not right but it is difficult to say why.
Also most of the symptoms can be caused by other problems and Adrenal Insufficiency is rare.
So the condition may not be recognized for weeks or months after symptoms first begin.
1. General weakness and becoming easily tired.
2. Darkened areas of skin (pigmentation).
a. Sun-exposed areas of skin;
b. The armpits;
c. The nipples;
d. The creases of the hands;
e. Inside the mouth;
f. Recent scars and
g. Pressure points such as the elbows.
The reason for this is possibly because of the change in hormones which can involve the pigment cells in the skin.
3. Blood pressure which is low and falls further when a person stands which can make him or her dizzy.
4. Being off the food and weight loss.
5. Feeling sick and vomiting from time to time.