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

Addison's Disease Message Board

No diagnosis yet - some q's about symptoms

Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 06-09-2011, 12:01 PM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Santa Fe, NM United States
Posts: 10
inkerbelle HB User
No diagnosis yet - some q's about symptoms

Hello - I'm new to this board, and new to Addison's disease. I meet with an endo in late June to formally discuss symptoms and hopefully get the correct tests, but I would like to go in armed with the best information possible to make sure I can advocate for myself.

Here is what I'm experiencing:
  • Muscle and joint aches (chronically worsening since ~2008, dx as fibromyalgia)
  • Major depression (significantly worsened in February)
  • Chronic fatigue, weakness
  • Salt cravings (sometimes I will just eat salt out of bowl, or more commonly consume a jar of pickles in one sitting)
  • Low BP ("normal" is 90/70 - recently the new "normal" has become 80/60 in a resting position and 60/40 in a standing position)
  • Dizziness
  • Orthostatic hypotension
  • Unintentional weight loss (went from 160 to 125 this past year; 10 lbs of that has been in the last month)
  • Fainting (over the last two weeks, I have had five major fainting spells resulting in loss of consciousness and head injury due to falls - this has been a relatively new symptom)
  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • "Melasma" - I saw a dermatologist Sept 2010 because I noticed darkened spots on my face that concerned me. She dx'd it as melasma, a skin condition that women who are pregnant or are taking BCP commonly have. Since I've had a tubal ligation, that doesn't really apply to me. I have noticed more dark patches on my face, as well as what looks like lipliner around my lips. I also seem to be tanning much easier, although I don't go outside hardly at all. But I don't seem to have the hyperpigmentation in the classical areas, like knuckles, elbows, etc. that I see described on many websites.

My last bloodwork (February) showed normal sodium and potassium levels, but in looking at past bloodwork, sometimes the sodium is low and sometimes the potassium is in the high normal range. I don't know how much these levels fluctuate, and whether or not it is dependent on adrenal function at a particular time.

I also don't seem to be experiencing the nausea/vomiting aspects of the disease, which of course, I'm grateful for. Is this symptom always seen with Addison's, or only in a crisis? Also, is the hyperpigmentation variable between individual to individual? And is simple bloodwork (sodium/potassium levels at normal levels) enough to rule out a diagnosis?

I should also add that I did have some thyroid testing in May:
FT3 2.5 [2.2 - 4.0]
FT4 1.0 [0.8 - 1.5]
TSH 0.572 [0.358 - 3.740]
All of these values seem to be in the low normal range, which I don't know if is cause for concern for possible hypothyroidism. I seem to have some of the symptoms of that, but not all, such as weight gain.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.


Last edited by inkerbelle; 06-09-2011 at 12:11 PM.

Sponsors Lightbulb
Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
Confused about previous addisons diagnosis and labs. Sterlingecho Addison's Disease 3 12-02-2010 04:55 AM
Trying to get a diagnosis..... tachycardia?? flemmy Addison's Disease 2 08-02-2009 06:57 PM
adrenal fatigue diagnosis and treatment? (Australia) Isaac1 Addison's Disease 4 04-16-2008 02:55 AM
I am starting down the Adrenal insufficieny diagnosis road.. please help. mkgbrook Addison's Disease 12 03-27-2008 05:55 AM
single cortisol-diagnosis? jen77 Addison's Disease 3 12-30-2007 06:35 AM
NEED: Seeking tests for Addison's diagnosis Nexis Addison's Disease 2 07-19-2007 05:31 AM
before addison's diagnosis mon86 Addison's Disease 3 04-11-2007 06:22 PM
help with diagnosis/blood tests meredith100 Addison's Disease 3 01-30-2006 08:20 AM
Symptoms, but no clear-cut diagnosis mystiq86 Addison's Disease 4 04-02-2005 04:55 PM
A diagnosis TAEMom Addison's Disease 1 08-06-2004 03:50 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 01:01 AM.

Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
© 1998-2018 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!