Patient Comments: Addison's Disease - Causes

If known, what was the cause of Addison's disease in you or a relative?

Comment from: WendyDavies, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 13

My daughter has surgery induced Addison's. After being diagnosed with Cushing's disease she had to have both her adrenals removed giving her Addison's. Surgery was eight years ago. She has managed it pretty well although she has gone into Addison's crisis on several occasions. Recently she has fallen down the stairs three times in the past week so I am concerned that she is having minor blackouts causing the falls. She has an emergency appointment Monday to try and sort this out. Fingers crossed everything will be okay.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: TulsaTime, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 22

I was diagnosed in February 2013. My Addison's disease was caused by undergoing a quadruple bypass. I was fit, worked out, ate right for the previous ten years of my life, a nonsmoker, drank very little. Then one day I experienced dramatic chest pain but not the usual neck, left arm and shoulder pain. It was more like being punched in the solar-plexus. I went to the emergency room and was taken in to the operating room for stents. The doctor found severe blockage in 4 arteries and was not able to do the stents. I was kept sedated for over 24 hours until the cardiovascular surgeon could get in and perform the required bypasses. My BP dropped, sugar dropped and while I came through the actual surgery fine, I went into Addisonian crisis in recovery. A newly graduated endocrine doctor on call was talking to the nurse in recovery who showed him my chart. The endocrinologist immediately suggest Addisonian crisis and the rest is history. They pumped me full of HC (hydrocortisone) and fluids and I was back home in four days.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: Donna j, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 15

I was diagnosed with Addison's disease eight years ago. Sometimes I wonder if I really have it. When my levels are tested, in the morning it's .07 and in the afternoon it's 22. My concern is when I get nauseous; I get blackout spells that last for three or four hours. This happens 3 or 4 times a week, and it leaves me exhausted. If anyone has these same symptoms I would like to know. I call them “spells.” When I get them, I just start falling forward or drop to the floor. I haven't found an endocrinologist who can give me any answers. I also lose my speech.

Was this comment helpful?Yes

Patient Comments

Viewers share their comments

Addison's Disease - Symptoms Question: What were your symptoms at the onset of your Addison's disease?
Addison's Disease - Treatments Question: What was the treatment for your Addison's disease?
Addison's Disease - Share Your Experience Question: Were you or someone you know diagnosed with Addison's disease? Please share your experience.

Patient Comments are not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your physician or other qualified health provider because of something you have read on MedicineNet. The opinions expressed in the comments section are of the author and the author alone. MedicineNet does not endorse any specific product, service or treatment.

Alert If you think you have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.


Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.


STAY INFORMED

Get the Latest health and medical information delivered direct to your inbox!