It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....

Addison's Disease Message Board

  • Adrenal fatigue may actually be secondary AD

  • Post New Thread   Closed Thread
    Thread Tools Search this Thread
    Old 08-08-2005, 07:39 AM   #1
    mindy59's Avatar
    Join Date: Jul 2005
    Posts: 7
    mindy59 HB User
    Adrenal fatigue may actually be secondary AD

    I Was just diagnosed, finally, with secondary Addisons.
    My ACTH has been normal in the past two tests and the new endo told me this was very normal for secondary AD. He said he rarely sees secondary patients wtih low ACTH stim test coritisol levels.
    He then checked blood for pituitary hormones and found my LH and FSH to be normal. Because I have had a hysterectomy these should have been high.
    That is how he came to the conclusion that the problem was the pituitary, not the adrenals, thus Secondary Addisons.
    Guess what I'm saying is even if the ACTH comes back normal a person could very well have secondary instead of adrenal fatigue.
    After suffering through adrenal crisis and coming near death I am learning
    that this is no condition to be playing around with so I would be very cautious of an adrenal fatigue diagnosis.
    I did try the dried bovine adrenals, licorice root, and massive amounts of vitamins before getting a diagnosis. They helped, but I was not able to be very active. I could barely walk around. Essentially, they kept me alive.
    I am hoping someday to get back to trying a natural treatment again, but for now, after being sick for a year, feel safer on the cortef.
    I have a question, how long can you take cortef before it starts to affect the adrenals?


    Sponsors Lightbulb
    Old 08-08-2005, 08:47 AM   #2
    Senior Member
    robinhy's Avatar
    Join Date: Dec 2004
    Location: Germany
    Posts: 241
    robinhy HB User
    Re: Adrenal fatigue may actually be secondary AD

    Mindy, I'm hardly a pro at this stuff but I always thought that if you kept you dose below 30 mg/day or 40 mg/day tops you adrenals are surpressed but can easily recover if you stop the meds. However, I'm curious as well to see what the pros say.

    Closed Thread

    Related Topics
    Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
    New to board. Recently Dx with Adrenal Fatigue- need advice nicoleaua Addison's Disease 20 09-30-2009 07:08 PM
    Does anyone have secondary adrenal insufficiency? nopearce Addison's Disease 21 09-16-2008 11:45 AM
    How would you know if you are having adrenal problems as primary? wally777 Thyroid Disorders 8 07-12-2008 05:39 PM
    Could Someone Please Share Info About Adrenal Fatigue Liz1900 Thyroid Disorders 7 05-29-2008 11:00 AM
    A list of Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms (Not Addisons) chris0007 Adrenal Disorders 8 03-31-2008 10:54 AM
    Help! Best supplements to take for adrenal fatigue lucky charms Addison's Disease 6 12-11-2007 07:15 AM
    Anyone been diagnosed with adrenal fatigue/unsufficiency? wmjsease Open to All Other Health Topics 1 03-20-2007 06:39 AM
    adrenal crisis trakos Addison's Disease 3 06-28-2006 01:45 PM
    Adrenal Fatigue -Misha- Addison's Disease 2 12-22-2004 12:19 PM

    Thread Tools Search this Thread
    Search this Thread:

    Advanced Search

    Posting Rules
    You may not post new threads
    You may not post replies
    You may not post attachments
    You may not edit your posts

    BB code is On
    Smilies are On
    [IMG] code is Off
    HTML code is Off
    Trackbacks are Off
    Pingbacks are Off
    Refbacks are Off

    Sign Up Today!

    Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

    I want my free account

    All times are GMT -7. The time now is 01:47 PM.

    © 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved.
    Do not copy or redistribute in any form!