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Re: [IP] Addison's Disease



Thank you both for your response about Addison's Disease.  I am a Type I
diabetic with Hypothyroidism-so I'm taking a lot of Humalog, synthroid,
premarine. Highs and lows have always been a constant battle (or should I
say challenge :o)) with me along with always being tired and weak. I do have
a lot of the symptoms you listed so I will ask my endo to check.  I had one
scary incident about two weeks ago and seems like it triggered something or
perhaps it's just something changing. I feel like I'm running low all the
time even when I'm not.   Had another sever hypo two days ago and I'm still
feeling crummy.  I guess I had seizures-(the sensation was the same as the
first incident only I had a lot more -felt like a hwhold bunch of quick
electricutions on the back of my neck) I've been diabetic for 7 years and
it's the first time for EMS - have had a H--- of a headache and backache
since the incident - I just feel like something else is gong on-didn't know
either of these these lows were coming and had a real hard time coming back.
I will call my endo today.  Thanks Again  Carol T.

--- Original Message -----
From: Glenn Kardel <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Thursday, April 19, 2001 2:24 AM
Subject: Re: [IP] Addison's Disease


> I have had Addison's Disease for the past 2 years.  It's a rare endocrine
> condition with an incidence rate of 40 to 60 per million; however, if you
> have
> type I diabetes or any other type of autoimmune endocrine conditions,
> the chance of getting Addison's is higher (I have type I diabetes and
> hypothyroidism).  The primary cause of Addison's is the immune system
> attacking the adrenal gland.  The main symptoms I experienced were
fatigue,
> weight loss, decreased appetite, low blood pressure, darkening skin,
> and yes - hypoglycemia.  The adrenal gland causes internal stores of
glucose
> to be released when your blood sugar gets low.  Without this mechanism
> working, hypoglycemia becomes more common and severe.  Before I started
> treatment for Addisons, I had a number of severe episodes of hypoglycemia
> and this was after I had cut my insulin dosage by about 40%.   Addisons is
> relatively easy to treat with oral medication and my symptoms disappeared
> soon after I started treatment.  Addisons has a significant on impact on
> diabetes
> with your blood sugars becoming more variable.  You definitely have to
work
> harder to control your diabetes if you have Addisons.
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