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I am hoping someone can explain to me how to recognise an adrenal crisis and how to deal with it?
I have just been diagnosed with Addison's Disease. I am 26 and it came as a bit of a shock as every specialist I have seen over the last 2 years put my fever, stomach pain etc down to gall stones and removed my gall bladder. But the symptoms continued. I have been very ill over the last couple of years, so this news was bitter sweet as it was a relief to finally have a diagnosis. I was started on 20mg of Hydrocortisone a day, but still have horrible relapses often which consists of a terrible pain in my stomach, low blood pressure (resulting in fainting), loss of appetite, nausea/vomiting and everything else that comes with it.
My question is how do I know if I am having an adrenal crisis?? If I went into hospital every time I had an episode I would practically live there. When should I seriously consider seeking medical help when I'm ill? Reading up about it on the internet terrifies me as it makes it clear that a crisis can lead to coma or death! Also, when will the Hydrocortisone start making me feel better? I'm waiting to start my new job but I'm worried I will be constantly off sick and it makes me so anxious.
Would like to get back to being a normal 26 year old and as I just got married, I'm feeling a lot of pressure to get back to normal for my Husbands sake too. Right now he has a wife who spends way to much time sleeping or at the doctors.
Apologies for the long discussion! Just wanted to give as much info as possible so I can hopefully get any advice from someone
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