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  1. Adrenal Fatigue ???s
    ... 100mg COQ10 a combo calcium, magnesium, potassium pill Essential Fatty Acid (w/fish oil, flax...

  2. frusterated & confused Lyme for 18yrs/now adrenal or pitutary def???
    ... very low Carnitine, low carbon dioxide and BUN, low potassium . Dx with POTS--low BP, tachycardia, can't stand the...

  3. Don't know how to read these test results
    ... cortisol stimulation 29.3 calcium 9.5 sodium 140 potassium 3.8 I've been so tired and weak for the past several...
    ... low base cortisol which your is very low. Your potassium being so low also supports this. Secondaries have ... low potassium , primaries high. Your TSH is high matching with primary ... fall when standing. Aldosterone regulates sodium and potassium (also Chloride). Your sodium is low enough that I ... regulate aldosterone (primary AI= high renin high potassium secondary AI=low renin low potassium) When aldosterone...
    Medications also discussed in this post: Florinef

  4. why addison's patients crave salt and sugar
    ... is a tendency to be an imbalance between Sodium and Potassium Potassium is uaulaly high and Sodium is low. This...

  5. dark skin pigment with addisons
    ... could just pop at any time due to an extremely high potassium level. the kidneys had to work harder to get rid ... said it was her kidneys doing it because of such high potassium levels....

  6. Went to MD Anderson and I'm still confused
    ... blood pressure in the kidneys and help regulate the potassium and sodium. I get mine tested all the time with my...

  7. Low aldostrone, High ACTH again
    ... which was normal. Tested renin, aldostrone, salt, potassium . The salt was 135 which is the lowest normal number ... in the range, renin and potassium were normal, but aldostrone was low. The dr. said...
    ... buffered ones as the buffered ones are buffered with potassium and potassium may not be good for you. A normal...
    ... I have one doc who says as long as the potassium and sodium are fine - don't mess with the florinef...
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  8. Hi, I'm new to this board and new to Addison's
    ... into another Addison's Crisis. 3) Limit eating high potassium foods since our potassium seems to run high anyway...
    Medications also discussed in this post: Florinef Hydrocortisone

  9. More lab results
    ... cortisol via 24 hour urine, prolactin, b-12, and potassium ) or should I call him and mention this finding and...
    ... urine volume:980 cortisol: 24.8 creatinine: 1.29 potassium : 4.2 b-12: 656 prolactin: 10.9 testosterone: 24...
    Medications also discussed in this post: Estradiol

  10. I am not losing weight - does this rule out Addisons?
    ... tests that show issues - renin, aldosterone, sodium, potassium , ACTH, Vitamin D, ferratin,......

  11. Feel terrible and endo can't see me till Aug. 6th
    ... IV helped. The one time I went I was paralyzed, my potassium was so high and my sodium so low yet they missed it...
    ... in your gatorade, or choose another drink without potassium . did you have your electrolyte levels checked recently...
    ... saying to stop drinking it but indeed if you have high potassium already Gatorade may not be the best choice but as...
    ... You know I actually thought about the potassium thing yesterday when I was drinking a gatorade. Maybe...
    ... ER, checked mine but didn't seem to worry that my potassium was high and sodium low. if gatorade is the only...
    ... actually my sodium was 141 (range: 135-146) and my potassium was 3.9 (range: 3.5-5.3.) The only thing out of range...
    Medications also discussed in this post: Reglan

  12. All my problems have been adrenal failure
    ... place names so I cannot help you directly. If you have potassium issues I would not get the buffered tablets but just...

  13. potassium
    ... If you potassium is truely 6.8 you should be in the hospital. The ... test should be repeated. A potassium of 6.8 would put you at extreme risk of sudden cardiac...

  14. Adrenal Suppression
    ... called a beta-adrenergic stimulator and can lower potassium - I wonder why it has a word close to adrenal in it ... ... but the lowering of potassium can be significant for someone with poor adrenal as ... my adrenals lose potassium as well as sodium against the rules... so it does...
    Medications also discussed in this post: Advair

  15. how to get your levels tested...
    ... things change. Tingling can be calcium, magnesium, potassium - you should get tested -sorry! as any of those things...
    Medications also discussed in this post: Hydrocortisone

  16. 16 With Addison's Disease.
    ... it means that your body cannot regulate sodium and potassium and both are very necessary for life and metabolism...
    Medications also discussed in this post: Florinef Hydrocortisone

  17. Heart palpitations
    ... why the doc did not think to test your sodium and potassium and think to adjust your florinef?...
    Medications also discussed in this post: Florinef

  18. Concern over hydrocortisone side effects and blood tests....
    ... GLUCOSE 92 60-99 MG/DL SODIUM 141 133-145 MEQ/L POTASSIUM 3.8 3.5-5.3 MEQ/L CHLORIDE 106 98-108 MEQ/L CO2...
    ... suppressed or that is a pit issue. Your sodium and potassium are fine... with the cortisol low - my doc usually...
    Medications also discussed in this post: Armour Florinef Hydrocortisone Synthroid thyroxine

  19. Not yet diagnosed...may be Addison's-any input?
    ... ambulance from work. Found out I had pancreatitis. Also my Potassium was way out of wack...I have had allergies and asthma...

  20. Need help understanding...
    ... an endo. The tingling can be low calcium or low potassium or low magnesium - again, those can be very serious...

  21. diagnostic tests advice
    ... tests as well as DHEA-S, aldosterone, renin, sodium, potassium , TSH, free T3, free T4, TPO and Tga antibodies, igf...
    ... already: Serum Sodium: 138 nmol/L (132-146) Serum Potassium : 4.0 nmol/L (3.5-5.0) Serum IGF 1 level: 390 ug/L...
    Medications also discussed in this post: Hydrocortisone Prednisone thyroxine

  22. I am back, and even more confused- full story.
    ... Has your potassium dropped as well or has it stayed normal - as it sometimes...
    ... [QUOTE=rumpled;3544355]Has your potassium dropped as well or has it stayed normal - as it sometimes ... very... laid back. Hi, thanks for the reply. My potassium has been fine throughout all the tests- it has always...
    Medications also discussed in this post: Metformin

  23. Newly diagnosed
    ... think I need a MRI. She also said that as long as my potassium and sodium are normal, my ACTH and Cortisol levels ... never need to be tested again? Is that right? My potassium and sodium levels were normal when they diagnosed...

  24. Does a morning ACTH of 69 (7-50) and an AM Cortisol of 8.8 (4-22) look like Primary?
    ... non fasting salt range. Secondaries will have low potassium 99% of the time, though some are in the middle of ... it could go either way then. Primaries have high potassium , though some are in the middle of the range. I recommend...
    ... predictor of secondary. You should have sodium and potassium tests (in CBC) if you want to get an indication of...
    Medications also discussed in this post: Estradiol

  25. rumpled, udate on my troubles.
    ... blood drawn again. She said something about my renin, potassium , and sodium, and that they will be pulling cortisol...

  26. I may be jumping the gun
    ... chol. and sugar. Great. But, my doctor said that my potassium was high - not very high but enough to redo the tests ... will retest kidney/adrenals. My question: Can high potassium point to something not serious or should I brace myself...
    ... Usually potassium rises in conjuction with a drop in sodium with Addison ... I don't know of other issues that cause a rise in potassium but I hope that you are ok... seems like you have...

  27. Is Florinet Usually Prescribed In AD
    ... were normal but she does not eat anything at all with potassium in it. Am I wrong in thinking her potassium would ... not be elavated if she were not eating potassium . She is very tired and doesn't get out of bed very...
    ... patients, usually just the ones who don't achieve sodium/ potassium balance and normalized blood pressure/heart rate with ... Addison's patients. She should be careful of high potassium foods, but her potassium could still be out of balance ... patient's kidneys waste salt, lower sodium allows potassium to elevate, high potassium causes all kinds of problems ... the kidneys retain more sodium ions to balance the potassium ions. How much sodium does she take in her normal...
    ... is often prescribed but not always... if sodium and potassium are always normal and her heart rate are fine, then ... technically fine without it but my docs test renin, potassium and sodium to make sure. Potassium is in a lot ... you thinking she is. I drink V8 to get sodium and potassium when i feel funky. She is rare not to gain weight...
    Medications also discussed in this post: Florinef Hydrocortisone

  28. Help Rumpled I am dizzy
    ... florinef (1/2 tab) or maybe just salt tablets... are your potassium and sodium ok?...
    ... Florinef is a mineralcorticosteroid that helps hold on to potassium and sodium - all essential for life. Some do manage...
    Medications also discussed in this post: Florinef

  29. florinef dosages
    ... I get tested for renin, potassium and sodium for my florinef dosage....
    Medications also discussed in this post: Florinef

  30. Does anyone have secondary adrenal insufficiency?
    ... FSH and all sex hormones with SHBG. If you have low potassium that is what happens with 99% of secondary AI ... . Where there is low potassium usually renin is low. Low renin is what 99% of secondaries...

  31. Skin pigmentation question
    ... brown areas there too. My bloods in Nov. showed 3.4 potassium (low) and 136 sodium (border low). I'm confused cause...
    ... stim test and the ACTH and cortisol tests but the potassium and sodium tests like that are very indicative so...
    ... found my sodium to be 137 (135-145) low normal and potassium was low 3.3 (3.5-5.2). Also chloride was low normal...
    ... they dont fall low enough for them to be worried. Potassium 3.4 was not low enough for them to worry. That was ... in November but in January my potassium was 4.4. So I dont know. My sodium flucuates also...

  32. Can anyone point me in the right direction?
    ... 2.3-4.2) 63% Now latest tests show hypokalemic. Potassium 3.3 (3.5-4.2) Calcium back up to 10.3 (8.5-10.3)...
    ... ACTH, no DHEA and no further blood tests even though potassium was low 3.3 (3.5-5.2). I also asked about the wide...
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  33. Addison experts please help
    ... well awhile....my bloods from November showed low potassium 3.4 and low sodium 1.36. I have had low sodium in...
    ... Well... there are salt tablets that are buffered with potassium that might be good for you - thermo-tabs. As well ... sodium, that is) as that will give you both sodium and potassium . As for the decadron - that is a very long lasting...
    Medications also discussed in this post: decadron

  34. Addison question
    ... have always been low (I never know why) but so is my potassium . I have not been tested for Addison however I am going ... to ask my dr. to test. My question is does your potassium level always have to be high? Any opinions? Thanks...
    ... xperienced. Myself and several friends have experienced low potassium during a crisis whereas a normal situation would be ... low sodium, high potassium . Same goes with blood pressure, most go low but some ... do go high. Ironically, since my potassium dropped, I have to take even more sodium. They need...

  35. Please Help! My doctor says she has never seen anything like this before...
    ... my adrenal gland. So my doctor checked my sodium , potassium , etc. Well my sodium was low- so she decided to do...
    Medications also discussed in this post: Florinef Metformin

  36. POTS and florinef.. could use some help
    ... BP is high. They should be checking your sodium and potassium to make sure you are ok. With your BP that high, you...
    ... your headache will recede. I would try some high potassium foods like V8 or a baked potato (eat the skin) and...
    ... So does florinef make you lose potassium ??? That is definetly not a problem I can have. When ... I get a potassium much less than 4 I have increased heart problems....
    ... If your potassium is high, that is a sign of an adrenal crisis. K goes ... but that is the norm. So you probably need to avoid potassium and push the sodium harder - but the florinef will ... or high makes the heart go wild. Sorry - ingore the potassium advice... but any salt tablets you get have to be ... non-buffered as they buffer them with potassium . Lucky to only take .25, Unhitched... do you take...
    ... problems I cant take the salt tablets. Im ok with the potassium because high is good for me. However he didnt want...
    Medications also discussed in this post: Florinef

  37. Do I have adrenal fatigue, I got my results back, help pls!!
    ... stuff that does - you have to watch getting too much potassium . I may not be around for your reply as I am going...

  38. Addison's Disease
    ... can get sick, or you can die. Sodium will drop and potassium will rise usually. BP lowers. All easily avoided by...

  39. My son's labs...13 years old
    ... 1st labs with ranges in ( ): Sodium 140 (132-143) Potassium 5.2 H ( 3.6-5.1) ACTH 18 (0-46) Cortisol (AM) 5...
    ... ACTH stim test to make a clear diagnosis. The high potassium is a sign that things may need to be watched but his ... was good - usually an addisonian crisis occurs when potassium spikes and sodium drops. If he does not pass the stimulatio...
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  40. Low Acth Dr is ignoring
    ... 7 – 2.0) My sodium is at 144 (135 - 145) potassium 4.1 (3.5 - 5.0) Eosinophils elavated 3.1 (1.0...
    ... for an addisonian when sodium drops and for most, potassium rises (although I know of some that potassium drops...
    Medications also discussed in this post: thyroxine

  41. addisons and exercise?
    ... when sodium drops to a critical point and usually potassium rises. Blood pressure usually drops and the body tries ... preferably not the buffered type as the buffering is potassium ! Take the salt when you are not feeling well and see ... would be a good choice but it is not as it contains potassium and you want to avoid that. Usually those with...

  42. Switching from prednisone+florinef to only cortef
    ... is actually a good sign. As long as your sodium and potassium stay in normal limits, that is good, too. Actually ... drops. Crisis usually occurs when sodium drops and potassium s rises....
    Medications also discussed in this post: Florinef

  43. What got 'destroyed' in you?
    ... Even had some paralysis but that was due to high potassium and have not experienced that since my potassium levels...
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  44. Hope you can help :)
    ... up though. • I’ve been rather low in potassium , so my doctor gave me supplements to take in. â...
    ... mentioned are not indicative of Addison's: low potassium - Addison's patients generally have high potassium...

  45. single cortisol-diagnosis?
    ... tests and determined that my sodium was very low and potassium was very high. She suspected Addison's and referred...

  46. Daughter back to testing for Addisons, any advice?
    ... fatigue, weight loss, low blood solium, high blood potassium , etc) but normal ACTH stimulation test so I was sent...
    Medications also discussed in this post: Florinef Prednisone

  47. anyone familiar with aldosterone???
    ... CRAVING salt. My sodium is usually mid-range, as is my potassium . 15 years ago, when I started with anxiety, my potassium...

  48. Sick and desperate
    ... Also, when I was in the hospital they said that my potassium was low and gave me supplements. From what I am reading ... Addison's disease causes high potassium . They also said I had low BP and had a sub normal...
    Medications also discussed in this post: Prozac

  49. think I am going crazy
    ... electrolytes? When that happens, ask to get sodium and potassium checked. It could be low potassium or low sodium ... classic" crisis or insufficiency has people having high potassium , some of my friends actually crash in potassium too...
    ... unfortunatly they did check my electrolytes, and potassium and stuff and said it was all normal. My blood pressure...

  50. can addisons run in the family?
    ... heart was racing. they did tests and told her that her potassium levels were low. I have tried to convence her to see...

  51. So frustrated with doctors!
    ... decreasing-0.1-0) sodium (trend up and down-139-143-139) potassium (trend down and up-4-5-4.2-4.4) had a single serum...

  52. Potassium and DHEA levels with Adrenal Fatigue?
    ... candidate for it. What really throws me off is that my Potassium is low as well. My sodium is even a little high. ... hence the need for sodium and the typically high potassium found in the body. The book, "Adrenal Fatigue ... having AF w/high blood pressure. To me this equals low potassium and high sodium. One thing I have researched ... cause the conservation of sodium and and secretion of potassium in the body. I did try adding more salt to my ... didn't help me out. Now I'm trying to increase my potassium through a higher food source intake to see how that...

  53. I am new to addisons and know nothing about it when do meds help?
    ... you need will have to be adjusted per you sodium, potassium , renin and aldosterone levels. If your blood pressure...
    Medications also discussed in this post: Florinef Prednisone

  54. Cortrosyn Stim test... Labs question
    ... Addison's and failed the stim test. Is your sodium / potassium levels normal? How about blood pressure?...

  55. Help please! - in excluding Addison's?
    ... months ago: - Sodium 141 (r. 135-145 meq/l) - Potassium 5.7 (r. 3.5-5.2 meq/l) - BUN 8 (r. 6-24 mg/dl...

  56. Primary misdiagnosed as Secondary?
    ... aldosterone always come back low. If low renin, then potassium will be mid point or lower range. Low potassium ... renin 1.2 (.6-3.0) sodium 134 (136-145) potassium 4 (3.5-5.1) most secondaries are low but still ... in range on both tests. Low potassium is what secondaries get 99% of the time. By this ... sodium and potassium I would predict they would have low aldosterone and...
    Medications also discussed in this post: Florinef

  57. Sodium Safety?
    ... but you have to take many of those and they contain potassium . So if you are at all sensitive to postassium - some ... am not a soda drinker. V8 also works but that has potassium too but I find if I am feeling lousy overall - V8...

  58. Weight Control with Florinef? Please help.
    ... I really stand. My one doc looks at the sodium and potassium to guess if my dose is ok since they messed up the...
    Medications also discussed in this post: Florinef

  59. Addisions Facts and how to live with it
    ... I read somewhere to avoid foods that are high in potassium as they may adversly affect someone with adrenal insufficie...
    ... recommend calcium, D, B12, ferratin tests as well. Potassium is to be avoided, for me, when you are ill - as your ... - an adrenal crisis happens when sodium drops and potassium rises in most people but not all. I have no idea...
    Medications also discussed in this post: Florinef

  60. lab results reflect AF, need some advice.
    ... AM cortisol & chem panel, looking at your sodium & potassium levels. Unless the AM cortisol is fairly low, and...
    Medications also discussed in this post: Armour

  61. Not Addisons.. My 19 yr. old has POTS
    ... having tihs under control. Her echo was fine and her potassium was good this time around. she is wearing compression...
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  62. I keep getting fobbed off!!
    ... Hopefully you'll run a blood test and they will find your potassium is really high.. then they will take you seriously...

  63. Addison's?
    ... hospital before and they found me dehydrated and low in potassium . There was also a blood test back a few years ... that I remeber having high potassium . I have low blood pressure and I crave sugar...
    Medications also discussed in this post: Levoxyl

  64. Adrenal Fatigue??
    ... combine with calcium, iron, sodium, magnesium, or potassium to form less soluble salts known as oxalates ... Oxalates...

  65. Night sweats or hand tremors?
    ... ACTH, Aldosterone and Renin, Cortisol, Electrolytes, Potassium , Glucose, BUN and Creatinine. Here is a good...
    ... ACTH, Aldosterone and Renin, Cortisol, Electrolytes, Potassium , Glucose, BUN and Creatinine. Here is a good...

  66. tOO MANY YRS. OF PAIN MEDS?cause adrenal fatigue?
    ... the salt cravings and your MD checks your sodium and potassium , he is probably checking to make sure you are getting ... enough sodium, and that your potassium is not getting high. (There is a delicate balance ... reabsorbtion in the GI tract.) Low sodium and high potassium , together or alone, can be life-threatening. And...
    Medications also discussed in this post: Florinef

  67. oncoming crisis? can you know?
    ... which is classic with Addisons (low sodium, high potassium , low blood sugar) then perhaps they can get you to...

  68. Anyone have any idea as to what is going on?
    ... enough, how do you decide? I also have low sodium and potassium levels, and have had high blood sugar in the past...
    ... you think you need to be seen sooner. I know that potassium can really screw you up if it is not right, not sure...
    ... you say that your electrolytes are off, sodium and potassium ? Has the doctor mentioned Florinef to you? It is...
    ... and now I am consistently at 88. My sodium and potassium are both low, to the point where I get little tremors...
    Medications also discussed in this post: Florinef

  69. adrenal insufficiency help!!!
    ... counter. he also said to make sure to stay away from potassium containing foods like Bananas. And no potatoes, rice...

  70. why is endo. testing sodium & potassium??
    ... I can understand why he is testing your sodium and potassium . With AI, one of the tell-tale signs of your adrenals ... inability to absorb sodium, thus having low sodium, high potassium . Most people with primary Addisons need to be on...
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  71. Question for Hormone Man and Gettin Better or anyone else who takes cortef
    ... and she indicated that my blood showed slightly low potassium and to increase bananas etc, and if I was not feeling...
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  72. Is low cortisol the cause of muslce and fatigue issues?
    ... enlightened." Watch out for the Gatorade. Check out the potassium levels on the bottle. I read on other health websites ... that potassium can interfere with salt retention. This could be...

  73. secondary adrenal insufficency
    ... three also, one was for the metabolic panel (including potassium , sodium, glucose, etc...), one was a thyroid panel...

  74. Low adosterone levels question
    ... responsible to maintain the concentration of sodium and potassium in the cell as well as outside the cell. This in turn...

  75. How I interpret the ACTH stimulation test
    ... base value thus indicating primary hypoaldosteronism ( potassium and renin enzyme will be high) and an is an indicator ... base value indicating secondary hypoaldosteronism ( potassium and renin enzyme will be low). Usually doubling to ... that did not double, but with the presence of low potassium , low renin and low ACTH indicates atrophy of aldosterone...
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