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How does Addison's disease occur?

Addison's disease occurs when the adrenal glands do not produce enough of the hormone cortisol and, in some cases, the hormone aldosterone. The disease is also called adrenal insufficiency, or hypocortisolism.

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Comment from: jferg, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 20

My husband has not long been diagnosed with Addison's, for nearly 6 months he was vomiting with no appetite. He was passing out when he stood up and had lost over 4 stones in weight. The doctors were just giving him anti-sickness tablets until 1 day I rang the doctors crying saying my husband is dying in front of my eyes and no one is helping him. As a result he was flown to the hospital and kept in for 37 days where they found out he has Addison's. He is better now thanks to steroids but suffers from tiredness and sore joints a lot.

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Comment from: Kitty, (Patient) Published: October 29

I had the best tan ever, and craving for salt was off the hook. Sometimes it felt like all my energy was just sucked out of me. I had a lot of muscle pains in my arms and legs. Finally my doctor did a potassium test and it was sky high; into the hospital I went. Three times I went through the emergency room until I finally got my diagnosis of Addison's disease.

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