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Old 01-14-2013, 11:31 AM   #1
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I am wanting to know if my symptoms could be symptoms of Addisons Disease. I had a stomach virus a month and a half ago, and every since then, I've stayed sick. Everyday I get bad headaches, pains in my legs, arms, neck, stomach and back. I wake up sweating. I stay very tired with no energy. I'm very irritable. I stay sick at my stomach and dizzy. I can't concentrate. And I'm having to pee about ever hour and a half. The other night I almost called an ambulance, I couldn't get up the energy to get out of bed. My husband gave me tortilla chips n cheese to eat, and I loaded it down with salt, and within 30 minutes, I felt fine, like nothing was ever wrong. Please help. This stuff is scary whatever it is.

 
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Old 01-14-2013, 11:49 AM   #2
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Re: Possible Addisons Disease?

I have Addison's disease and its a hard diagnosis to make...have you lost weight or is your skin darker than normal?

 
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Old 01-14-2013, 08:54 PM   #3
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I've not lost weight, I've actually gained weight. Ten pounds since October. Which is a lot for me. I had a really scary night the other night. It's weird to me that once I ate something with a lot of salt, within thirty minutes I was fine. But this stuff is making it hard for me to do everyday things like cleaning. I stay in bed mostly because I have no energy, and my head hurts and feel sick at my stomach everyday. One minute I'm fine then boom, out of nowhere it hits me and I have to lay down. The dizziness is rough to deal with too.

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Old 01-14-2013, 08:57 PM   #4
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Oh, and the only thing with my skin is on my face I have darker splotches in places then others. And I have a scar on my ankle from where a chair fell on it, and it's still very dark purple. That happened about eight months ago.

 
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Old 01-15-2013, 10:57 AM   #5
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the salt issue definately is a symptom along with the dizziness which could be your blood pressure bottoming out... when i first became ill everytime i'd stand up from either a sitting or lying down position, i would get dizzy and see spots.... you've got to get to a doctor and have them do labs on you and check your pressure. You need electrolytes, cortisol, ACTH just to name a few..

 
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Old 01-15-2013, 10:59 AM   #6
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I hope for your sake its not Addison's but I know it's aggravating not knowing what's going on with your body.

 
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Old 01-15-2013, 06:01 PM   #7
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Thank you! And yes, very. Also scary, and depressing.

 
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Old 01-15-2013, 06:08 PM   #8
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That's the same thing that happens to me, everytime I stand up I get very dizzy. Do you have headaches and nausea too? My blood pressure is usually pretty low. My family Doctor did some blood work but everything seemed fine. My cortisol for the morning was 19.0 fasting Glucose was 94. Potassium was 3.6 Sodium was 143 and TSH 3rd generation value was 2.65. But I keep trying to tell them something is seriously wrong.

 
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Old 01-18-2013, 01:58 AM   #9
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I stopped with the dizziness once my treatment for Addison's began but never had the headaches but really nauseated a lot before treatment, unfortunately they almost have to have abnormal labs before a specialist will take a look at you. Keep on going to your pcp AND keep insisting something else is going on and maybe they'll eventually do something different. I'm sorry I wish I could be of more help...your blood seems all normal. Your sodium is very good its always going to be low upon initial testing with Addison's. Mine was low everytime i had it tested for 2 yrs prior to diagnosis... mine stayed like 131 and lower. I was told to salt my food more in the mean time I'm losing weight like crazy my skin is black and I can not roll over in bed without struggling to breath, my blood pressure was staying so low my heart was working double time and a half and then some to keep my blood flowing the best it could. I used to work for a primary care physician for 19 yrs and somhtimes taking a journal like a hourly thing of how you are feeling maybe over a 5 day period helps tell them a lot too.

 
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Old 01-22-2013, 06:03 AM   #10
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Well, my Doctor has referred me to an endocrinologist. Now she's thinking I may have Cushings Disease. My Appt is Thursday. Thank you for all of your info. I'll keep you posted as to what goes on.

 
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Old 01-22-2013, 10:42 PM   #11
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Hope you get some answers and please keep me posted

 
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Old 01-23-2013, 11:32 AM   #12
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Thank you, I will def keep you posted. Getting nervous lol. I'm scared I'm getting my hopes up that they will find out what's wrong with me, and they won't. But, I have a feeling they will!!

 
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