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Do these seem like Addison's-related episodes? Every once in a while (1-2 times a month) I have these days where I wake up feeling nauseous, and it stays most of the day, but I try to eat normally - I NEED to eat because I feel woozy, dizzy, lightheaded, and just generally uncomfortable (and cranky). It's not PMS. The biggest thing that I've noticed, is that at some point in the day my body CRAVES salt. I go CRAZY for something salty, like very salty, buttery popcorn, any kind of vegetables with salt, sometimes meat, etc. Today I happened to have a diabetic rescue fructose tablet accessible (my husband bought them and put them in both our cars) and I tried that - and it really helped for about an hour until I could get home and get some salty food. It was strange because normally sugary things make it worse, but that tablet helped today. But this episode kept lasting all day; I ate several small-medium-size salty meals since 10am just to feel normal. By the way, I'm 5'9" and 130lb - I'm not worried about gaining weight with these episodes, and normally I eat pretty normally.
Also: they have ruled out diabetes and hyperglycemia (just a one-off blood test, but also I bought a little portable machine with test strips and always tested normally). I am being treated for pernicious anemia (although they haven't called it that - I've been on B12 shots every 3-4 weeks for about a year, and iron tablets daily for the last 2 months), and I'm on thyroid supplements (due to a hemithyroidectomy 10 years ago - and it's closely monitored). Anyway, does anyone else have these kind of episodes? I was tested 3 times for adrenal insufficiency because my cortisol levels were borderline, but never low enough that they thought they should do anything about it. I have told them about these episodes, and they know that my blood pressure is on the low side (around 90/60) and I have mild orthostatic hypotension.
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