Symptoms of Addison's Disease
Symptoms of Addison's Disease
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Article Excerpts About Symptoms of Addison's Disease:
The symptoms of adrenal insufficiency usually
begin gradually. Chronic, worsening fatigue and muscle weakness, loss of
appetite, and weight loss are characteristic of the disease. Nausea,
vomiting, and diarrhea occur in about 50 percent of cases. Blood pressure
is low and falls further when standing, causing dizziness or fainting.
Skin changes also are common in Addison's disease, with areas of
hyperpigmentation, or dark tanning, covering exposed and nonexposed parts
of the body. This darkening of the skin is most visible on scars; skin
folds; pressure points such as the elbows, knees, knuckles, and toes;
lips; and mucous membranes.
Addison's disease can cause irritability and depression. Because of
salt loss, craving of salty foods also is common. Hypoglycemia, or low
blood sugar, is more severe in children than in adults. In women,
menstrual periods may become irregular or stop.
Because the symptoms progress slowly, they are usually ignored until a
stressful event like an illness or an accident causes them to become
worse. This is called an addisonian crisis, or acute adrenal
insufficiency. In most patients, symptoms are severe enough to seek
medical treatment before a crisis occurs. However, in about 25 percent of
patients, symptoms first appear during an addisonian crisis.
Symptoms of an addisonian crisis include sudden penetrating pain in the
lower back, abdomen, or legs; severe vomiting and diarrhea, followed by
dehydration; low blood pressure; and loss of consciousness. Left
untreated, an addisonian crisis can be fatal.
(Source: excerpt from Addison's Disease: NIDDK)
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