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After unexplained loss of weight and enormous weakness my husband went to see a GP. It was very hard for doctors to find out what is going on, and he has been through so many testings. At the end he was diagnosed with adisons disease. Doctors say it is very rare. It seems that his body is not producing enough cortisol which has a lot of functions in our bodies. Can you tell me how this disease occurs and what can be done in order to get things back on the tracks? Thank you

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There are two potential causes: one being a disorder of the adrenal glands themselves and another inadequate secretion of ACTH by the pituitary gland.
The treatment usually consists of substituting the hormones that the adrenal glands are not making by taking oral medications. During the addisonian crisis, patients can be in life threatening situations due to low blood pressure, low blood glucose, and high levels of potassium. They are given intravenous injections of hydrocortisone, saline and dextrose then that brings quick improvement. When they are able to take medications by mouth, the dosage of hydrocortisone is decreased until a maintenance dose is achieved.
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