Adrenal crisis

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Hello,

I was diagnosed with addison disease 8 years ago whe I was 28. I had a bad hip pain 2 nights ago and I wasn't feeling great so I took an extra 20mg of cortef (hydrocortisone) by tablet.

About two hours after I surprisingly went in an adrenal crisis. I had a hard time breathing and thought I was dying then I passed out for over 5 minutes with some kind of seizure. My wife called 911 and gave me the injection of hydrocortisone. When I woke up I had lost my vision in my left eye for about 10 minutes.

I went to the hospital where they gave me hydrocortisone

intravenously and did some blood work then I was feeling ok so I came back home. My hip area was also back to normal.

My question is why did I go in crisis? It was my second major crisis but my first one was due to stomach flu. I am worry that I might now have crisis randomly.

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    Hospital check you for other stuff like Lyme's disease.

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    • Posted

      No they didn't. They checked basic stuff like electrolytes, heart, blood pressure but this is it.

      Once they ruled out basic stuff and saw I was doing better they discharged me and told me to see my endocrinologist. I am sure she will simply say she that doesn't know.

      I do have unexplained leg pain and fatigue for the last 5 years.

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    This is a bit off left field, but could I suggest you go for a routine eye-test and make sure you get a "field test" to check your peripheral vision. Just in case you have secondary rather than primary Addison's.

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      I hadn’t realised that secondary Addison’s could affect your eyesight. I wonder where I could find out more information about this. 
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    • Posted

      you can look up

      secondary adrenal insuficiency

      which is what you are talking about

      it is different from Addison's

      -hope this helps

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    It sounds like the flu gave you this adrenal crisis

    So although it can happen randomly, the flu can also cause adrenal crisis

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