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tdot
02-07-2005, 10:24 AM
For the past two days I have been craving celery like crazy! I had a taste of it at my friend's birthday party and yesterday I ate a whole head with babaganoush. I know it is a diuretic, but what else could I be craving in it? I eat lots of fibre and drink lots of water. Maybe it is the crunchiness of it!

Any thoughts?

justanothagirl
02-07-2005, 10:28 AM
lol...maybe the salt in it? wow I wish I craved celery instead of chocolate. You so lucky. :p

tdot
02-07-2005, 11:11 AM
I do crave salt as I have Addison's disease and my sodium is usually low. I normally crave pickles when I'm craving salt, but I guess this time it is celery. It is just so odd cause I ate like 1.5 heads of celery!

Jess75
02-07-2005, 12:05 PM
I do crave salt as I have Addison's disease and my sodium is usually low. I normally crave pickles when I'm craving salt, but I guess this time it is celery. It is just so odd cause I ate like 1.5 heads of celery!
That's a GOOD thing!! lol I like celery with natural peanut butter, but I can't eat it plain. What is addison's diesease again?

Losec20mg
02-07-2005, 12:24 PM
celery..mmmmmm yum yum, have you got any for me.?? :D

tdot
02-07-2005, 01:07 PM
Addison's disease is a rare (one in 100,000) auto-immune disease which affects the adrenal cortex. In primary Addison's disease, the body's immune system destroys the adrenal cortex, leaving only the medulla. The adrenal cortex produces cortisol and aldosterone, both which are extremely important hormones. Cortisol, a glucocorticoid, maintains blood pressure and cardiovascular function, helps regulate the metabolism of carbohydrates, protein and fats. Aldosterone, a mineralocorticoid, helps to maintain blood pressure and water and electrolyte balance.

The disease, untreated is characterized by weight loss, muscle weakness, fatigue, low blood pressure, and sometimes darkening of the skin in both exposed and nonexposed parts of the body. Lab data often indicates low sodium and elevated potassium in serum.

Treatment of primary Addison's disease includes replacing the hormones the adrenals make with oral medications such as hydrocortisone, florinef and sometimes prednisone.

I've had Addison's disease for 4 years and am one of the lucky ones. Most individuals with Addison's are terribly fatigued, gain a lot of weight from steroid supplementation and have secondary auto-immune diseases. I for the most part am very healthy. I am able to work full time, compete in triathlons and live a normal life. I eat very healthy in order to avoid getting type 2 diabetes which I am at risk for. And the bonus is that I'm tanned all year round and I get to eat as much salt as I want cause my blood pressure is usually like 90/60 (normal is 120/80). Eating salt brings mine up!

All in all it's ok. And I do work with the societies to help educate med students as it was a resident who caught my disease right before I would have died. I was ill for 4 months before being diagnosed, lost 30 lbs and was vomiting 6x a day. That resident remembering a lecture on Addison's disease recognized the signs! I was very lucky!

Jess75
02-07-2005, 01:11 PM
Addison's disease is a rare (one in 100,000) auto-immune disease which affects the adrenal cortex. In primary Addison's disease, the body's immune system destroys the adrenal cortex, leaving only the medulla. The adrenal cortex produces cortisol and aldosterone, both which are extremely important hormones. Cortisol, a glucocorticoid, maintains blood pressure and cardiovascular function, helps regulate the metabolism of carbohydrates, protein and fats. Aldosterone, a mineralocorticoid, helps to maintain blood pressure and water and electrolyte balance.

The disease, untreated is characterized by weight loss, muscle weakness, fatigue, low blood pressure, and sometimes darkening of the skin in both exposed and nonexposed parts of the body. Lab data often indicates low sodium and elevated potassium in serum.

Treatment of primary Addison's disease includes replacing the hormones the adrenals make with oral medications such as hydrocortisone, florinef and sometimes prednisone.

I've had Addison's disease for 4 years and am one of the lucky ones. Most individuals with Addison's are terribly fatigued, gain a lot of weight from steroid supplementation and have secondary auto-immune diseases. I for the most part am very healthy. I am able to work full time, compete in triathlons and live a normal life. I eat very healthy in order to avoid getting type 2 diabetes which I am at risk for. And the bonus is that I'm tanned all year round and I get to eat as much salt as I want cause my blood pressure is usually like 90/60 (normal is 120/80). Eating salt brings mine up!

All in all it's ok. And I do work with the societies to help educate med students as it was a resident who caught my disease right before I would have died. I was ill for 4 months before being diagnosed, lost 30 lbs and was vomiting 6x a day. That resident remembering a lecture on Addison's disease recognized the signs! I was very lucky!
Wow, sounds kinda serious. Do you have to eat a restricted diet? Like no gluten etc?

tdot
02-07-2005, 01:32 PM
Nope, I have absolutely no problem with my estomac. Literally, I have a stomach of steel. I don't eat a ton of crappy stuff anyway. Whole grain breads, cereal, lean meats, skim milk. Tons of F&Gs. There is a link between Addison's and celiac disease, as individuals with Addison's disease are at risk for other auto-immune diseases, but I have no trouble with gluten.

tdot
02-07-2005, 01:34 PM
The only other things I have to do is low potassium and high sodium which I usually get from adding salt to food like soup or pickles! I limit my potassium, but not too much. I just try to eat only 1 high potassium food a day. Like if I eat a banana with my cereal at breakfast, I won't have potato for supper.

Jess75
02-07-2005, 01:53 PM
The only other things I have to do is low potassium and high sodium which I usually get from adding salt to food like soup or pickles! I limit my potassium, but not too much. I just try to eat only 1 high potassium food a day. Like if I eat a banana with my cereal at breakfast, I won't have potato for supper.
OH, so eating gluten can't necessarily CAUSE addison's disease huh? Well, at least you don't have be on a special diet. I thought the protein "gluten" is what can CAUSE some of these diseases. Well, thanks for the infor. :)

tdot
02-07-2005, 01:56 PM
No, there is no evidence of that. I'm sure there are some believers of the theory as the etiology is idiopathic, but I think of it as random, like winning the lottery, some people get it, some people don't. Also, if that were true, it wouldn't be so rare. Some scientist believe that it may be that the immune system didn't shut off after a flu or something and just kept going.

You're welcome! Good luck with eating gluten-free!

Losec20mg
02-07-2005, 02:37 PM
hey tdot have you tried iliminating some gluten.?? cuz eating it everyday is not that good..try different breads..can't hurt HUH!.. :)

bye

ratboy83
02-07-2005, 03:38 PM
For the past two days I have been craving celery like crazy! I had a taste of it at my friend's birthday party and yesterday I ate a whole head with babaganoush. I know it is a diuretic, but what else could I be craving in it? I eat lots of fibre and drink lots of water. Maybe it is the crunchiness of it!

Any thoughts?

really high in calcium too.