- CASE FILE
Adrenal Insufficiency (Addison's Disease) 1 in a 100,00 has it. We are not able to control stress and many crucial health functions.
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
Adrenal Insufficiency (Addison's disease) is a life threatening disease. I have to take steroids throughout the day and daily to manage the issues that I experience with Addison's. Without steroids I would surly die. The steroids help me to control stress of every kind. My body does not produce the natural steroid called Cortisol. We all know that stress causes many multiple heart conditions. No one can ever understand how horrible stress can be to us but I assure you that all Addison's patience do. Other issues that we have to deal with are low blood pressure, chronic fatigue, poor organ health, skin discolorations, weakening eye sight and many other issues.
The steroids alone cause multiple health issues and damage. a few are Osteoporosis, liver disease, kidney issues and stomach problems. The very medicine that keeps me alive is damaging other organs, No cure has been found or even a possibility of a cure at this time. This disease is very rare and only one (1) out of 100,000 has it. Our 35th president, John F. Kennedy suffered with Addison's disease. It is by far the most difficult thing I have ever experienced, When I get sick I have to up my steroid dose or when I throw up I have to have immediate medical attention or my life would be at risk due to the stress that the sickness or pain could have on my body. I could truly go on and on about this demon of a disease that I carry. I can only open my eyes each morning and manage it the best I can and leave the rest up to God Almighty. Sometimes it's easier to just give up. I'm blessed to have a wife that exhaust herself daily taking care of me and kids that are always here when I need them. I am just wishing and praying for someone that knows this disease that can help. The quality of life is getting worse everyday and I am afraid that if I can't learn how to control it better I am not going to see my grandkids grow.