What is it?

Addison’s disease is a disease caused by long term inadequate levels of certain hormons. The hormones that are affected are called steroid hormones.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms of addisons disease may include:

  • Darkening of the skin.
  • Fatigue.
  • Unintentional weight loss.
  • Nausea.
  • Vomiting.
  • Anxiety.
  • Palpitations and muscle pain.

Symptoms usually develop over a longer period of time.

What to expect?

If you are diagnosed with Addison’s disease, you can consider discussing the following subjects with your doctor:

  • Was there a specific cause found?
  • Often patients suspected with Addison’s disease undergo laboratory tests, what tests are necessary for you? Do you need to prepare for any of these tests?
  • Patients with the condition are prescribed medication they will need to use lifelong. Is this the case for you as well?
  • A healthy diet, smoking cessation, and an active lifestyle can help in improving overall health and symptoms. Which changes can you make in your lifestyle?
  • Often patients with Addison’s disease are also referred to a gland specialist (endocrinologist) for further evaluation and management. Will a referral to a specialist needed in your case as well?
  • As the condition may be chronic depending on the cause, you may need regular check-ups. Ask about how often you need to be followed-up.

Seek emergency medical treatment if you experience the following signs and symptoms:

  • Severe weakness.
  • Confusion.
  • Pain in your lower back or legs.
  • Severe abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea.
  • Reduced consciousness
  • Delirium

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