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    Old 05-26-2005, 10:51 AM   #1
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    Stress & Hydrocortisone Dose

    I haven't posted recently, because I've been in the bowels of Hades. My husband's cancer took a very bad turn suddenly, and he died on May 14th. I spent every minute, day and night, of the month before at his bedside.

    Once it was over, I realized what a mess I was physically as well as emotionally. I could barely move. We had just relocated to another state the end of March, so I don't have a new endocrinologist here. I called my old one, who told me the new rule of thumb is not to increase hydrocortisone during times of stress.

    I continued to feel horrible, so I treated myself as if I were physically ill instead, and--tada!--started to feel human again within about 48 hours at the increased dose. Physically anyway...

    I backed off to my normal dose the day after the funeral, and within two days started feeling bad again, so I bumped up the hydrocortisone again. ::sigh:: Guess I'd better find a local endocrinologist. Huh?

    Do any other Addisonians here have personal experience with the death of a spouse and the need for increased hydrocortisone?


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    Old 05-26-2005, 12:12 PM   #2
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    Re: Stress & Hydrocortisone Dose

    I'm sorry to hear about your husband. I've never been married (only 24!), so I haven't lost a husband, but have gone through emotional stress since being diagnosed with Addison's disease. I am very in tune with my body and can tell when I need a little more hydrocortisone. Normally I only take 10mg of Cortef per day, but if I feel fatigued, nauseous, or the tell-tale achy legs/lower back, I take an extra 5mg and it usually makes me feel much better. I also take an extra 5mg of Cortef on the first day of my period.

    I hope this helps. Good luck.
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    Old 05-29-2005, 09:02 AM   #3
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    Re: Stress & Hydrocortisone Dose

    Thank you. I have found the increased dose helps. My children and I are going to move home to Colorado soon. I'm going to wait to see a new endocrinologist after I get there, if at all possible.

    I appreciate your condolences. Thank you.

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