A disorder in which the adrenal glands don't produce enough hormones.
Onset occurs when 90% or more of the cortex is dysfunctional or destroyed.
20k to 200k US cases per year. RARE!!
Occurs in all age groups and both sexes; life threatening.
The adrenal glands produce insufficient amounts of the hormone cortisol and sometimes aldosterone too.
Can last for years.
Requires lab tests or imaging.
- pain: in the abdomen or muscles.
- whole body: sweating, nausea, loss of appetite, light headed ness, fainting, exhaustion, water-electrolyte imbalance, dizziness, low blood pressure, fatigue, or dehydration.
Also common: low blood sugar, insufficient amount of cortisol hormones, reduced sex drive, muscle weakness, darkening of the skin, craving salty foods, weight loss, excess urination, absence of menstruation, or vomiting.
CAUSES: stress damages your adrenal glands, hormones, and organs.
- Dexamethasone (Decadron), Hydrocortisone by injection (Solu-Cortef).
Primary Care Provider (PCP): prevents, diagnosis, and treats diseases.
Endocrinologist: treats metabolic and hormone disorders.