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Posted by Lorenzo on August 05, 2000 at 10:53:36:

In Reply to: Could I have addisons disease, do these syptoms sound familar, Any info will help, I'm at the end of my rope!! posted by michelle on June 30, 2000 at 12:22:41:

: I'm a 21 year old female who has been sick for about 3 yrs. In the last year I have left my job & rely on disability insurance to keep me a float. Of the many doctors & specialists I've seen, they all agree there is something wrong,(but what, they don't know)yet they continue to put me on verius medications (15+). I suffer from : - severe spasms in my legs (starting with twitching of toes to complete muscle spasms from my feet to my hips). - constant low blood pressure, dizziness,lightheadness, weakness & nausea. - shortness of breath, racing heart, anxiety & depression. - Type 1 Diabetes. - massive weight loss in a very short period of time. - severe fatigue, lack of sleep, tremours & hot flashes. To name just A few. I am slowly giving up on the fact that there is no name to this horrible condition which day by day makes my life worse. I used to be active, fun loving, enjoyed my job & my friends; All of which are now slipping away. If there is anyone out the with simular syptoms or conditions & know of any information or test that could be done to see if this is Addisons disease, or if it sounds like any other virus or disease; I would really appreciate it. Also if there is someone else struggling with any of these problems I would love to here from you, as I feel like I'm the only one leading this painfull (almost hellish) life. Thank you for your time.

1) Did you perform a cortisol (suprarenal glands)level test?
2) And an ACTH (pituitary gland) level test?
3) Are there brownish spots on your skin? Brownish spots may be related to high ACTH levels in your blood. That means the pituitary gland is working fewerishly trying to get suprarenal glands to work properly. That is a possible symptom of suprarenal gland insufficiency (low cortisol levels in blood).
4) Do you develop cyanosis (blueish fingernails and lips) during a low blood pressure crisis?
5) Did you ever tried a hydrocortisone shot? Consult your doctor about this. Such a shot - provided your condition is Addison's disease - has an immediate positive effect on all the symptoms.

Addison's is a disease difficult to diagnose, but perhaps these hints may help you.

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