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A couple of years ago, I weaned myself off Fentenyl, a pain patch I have been on for many years. After about ten months off the medication, I had my annual endocrinology check up. My new endocrinologist (one with an actual brain!) decided to retest my ACTH levels. Surprising to me, my Addison's had improved! I still have it and yes, it is still a pain, but my numbers were fairly improved (I was at less than 1 and now I am 11). I asked my Dr. "why?" and he replied, "Narcotic use can make Addison's worse." I think he also may have said, "be a cause of Addison's" but I'm not sure about that. He even gave me a copy of the research study that showed narcotics cause adrenal problems. I think this fact is a very important one both for Addison's patients AND for regular pain patients. I continue to try to reduce the last pain medication I am on, and I hope to get a retest in the coming months.
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