- CASE FILE
Adrenal Insufficiency/Addison's Disease is where your adrenal glands don't work and any type of too much stress to the body can cause death.
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
Autoimmune Polyglandular Syndrome Type II - an autoimmune disorder that affects many hormone -producing (endocrine) glands.
Addison's Disease - A disorder in which the adrenal glands don't produce enough hormones. Specifically, the adrenal glands produce insufficient amounts of the hormone cortisol and sometimes aldosterone, too. When the body is under stress (e.g. fighting an infection), this deficiency of cortisol can result in a life threatening Addisonian crisis characterized by low blood pressure.
Symptoms - Extreme fatigue, Weight loss and decreased appetite, Darkening of your skin (hyper pigmentation), Low blood pressure, even fainting, Salt craving, Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), Nausea, diarrhea or vomiting (gastrointestinal symptoms), Abdominal pain, Muscle or joint pains, Irritability, Depression or other behavioral symptoms.
Adrenal Crisis Symptoms - Severe weakness, Confusion, Pain in your lower back or legs, Severe abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea, leading to dehydration, Reduced consciousness or delirium, hyperpigmentation.
Primary Adrenal Insufficiency - disorder that occurs when the adrenal glands don't make enough of certain hormones. These include cortisol, sometimes called the “stress hormone,” which is essential for life.
Hyponatremia - A condition that occurs when the level of sodium in the blood is too low.
Hypovolemia - A condition in which the liquid portion of the blood (plasma) is too low.
(P.S - the photo is me undiagnosed in the hospital in August of 2012)