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Posted by GERI on October 12, 2000 at 00:17:02:

In Reply to: Re: anyone here of pregnancy-induced Addisons Dx? - for lack of the proper name posted by Michelle M on October 11, 2000 at 06:00:51:

: : Hi. I'm a 39 yr. old woman and I'm new to this, but my family doc is sending me to an endo. as he suspects Addisons Dx. I went to him complaining of pain and weakness in my hands (rule out carpel tunnel?), severe mood swings and irritability, edema, lousy skin--thin and so dry and itchy I'm scarring myself (esp. hands and arms), easily distracted/confusion, abd. discomfort pain (have seen gyne. for past 8 yrs. or so w/ovarian cysts, etc.), constipation, etc. But when I shared an odd happening when I was pregnant with both my children 16 and 14 yrs. ago, he found it very interesting. I broke out in a rash from head to toe (scratching myself raw, and ready to jump out of my skin!), until I was put into the hospital and put on IV steroids, then sent home w/ Rx of Prednisone 80 mg./day, titrating down to 20-40 mg. a day until I delivered. Then, oila! No more rash (that's the only symptom I remember--other than not being able to sleep due to the severe itching). I don't remember a name the tagged on it, but they told me and my husband that I was not making enough cortisone for myself during my pregnancy, and that this was extremely rare. Now, yrs. later, I'm a nurse and have asked numerous docs (including OB/GYNs) if they have ever heard of such a thing, and not one has. Anyone out there here of it? Only an issue when I was pregnant, but then I was told I should be okay after delivery. And basically, I was, until the previosly named symptoms began to develop over several yrs. time. Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks.

: I have pregnancy induced addison's. My endo at the time I was diagnosed explained that it has to to with the hormone change after you deliver. He said that your body goes through more of a hormonal change after delivery and sometimes can trigger your own immune system to destroy your adrenal glands like they were a virus or an infection your body needs to destroy. write back if I can add anything, now that I have stumbled across this mssg bd, I check it all the time. Michelle M.

Thanks, Michelle, for the info. I understand that this is extremely rare. However, my disorder began at the beginning of pregnancy, and then subsided after delivery, only to start up again at the beginning of the next pregnancy. Since then, some 14 yrs. ago or so, I have been seemingly fine, except for some skin changes, mood changes, insensitivity to heat/cold, edema, and incredible fatigue. These symptoms have really begun to intensify in the past 2-3 yrs., since some stress in my life has increased. Normally, I wouldn't allow things to bother me nearly as much, but I find now that everything irritates me. Uncharactaristic for an easy-going, carefree person. Anyway, I'm interested in knowing, have you been Addisonian ever since the pregnancy--in other words, has it NOT disappeared after the pregnancy ended? I was not told to follow up on the conditions after childbirth, because the symptoms, mostly severe rash, sleeplessness, etc., seemed to disappear immediately following childbirth. Please respond. Also, is there another term for this disorder, like gestational Addisons Dx? Just wondering. Thanks, and here's hoping all your pregnancies be healthy, wonderful experiences like mine have turned out to be. Look forward to hearing from you again.

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