Adrenal Insufficiency or Fatigue
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Symptoms of adrenal insufficiency include:
- Feeling hot all the time [Starr2005, pg 184].
- Palpitations [Starr2005, pg 184].
- Low blood pressure (less than 100) [Starr2005, pg 184].
- Very slender build [Starr2005, pg 184].
- Dizziness (especially upon standing up) [Starr2005, pg 184].
- Severe allergies [Starr2005, pg 184].
- Anxiety, feeling of impending doom [Starr2005, pg 184].
- Hypoglycemia [Starr2005, pg 184].
- Arthritis [Starr2005, pg 184].
- Weakness and fatigue after exercise [Starr2005, pg 184].
Mild adrenal deficiency can be safely treated with low-dose cortisol,
e.g. 4 to 30 mg/day in divided doses [Starr2005, pg 185].
Supplementation with thyroid hormone can further reduce side effects of
cortisol supplementation [Starr2005, pg 185].
Dr. Starr suggests that patients being treated with corticosteroids should have a home
blood-pressure machine, and take BP before a dose of corticosteroids and 1.5 to 2 hours
after dose. If BP and heart rate normalize dose is correct; if these parameters get worse
then the dose is too high [Starr2005, pg 190].
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Unless specifically noted above, references used in the construction of this web
page include the following:
Lecture notes from Functional Medicine University.
Lecture notes from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine.
Lecture notes from the University of Tennessee graduate programs in
Chemistry and Biochemistry.
[Brownstein2008] Brownstein D.
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See also http://www.drbrownstein.com
[Cited by Starr2005].
[Starr2005] Mark Starr. Hypothyroidism Type 2: The Epidemic.
Columbia, MO: Mark Starr Trust (2005).
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