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I recently had a chest x-ray in which the radiologist said I have a small heart which is suggestive of Addison's disease. So, after fighting off images of "The Grinch", I got online. I almost fell out of my chair when I read about Addison's. There was not a single symptom that I could not identify with. For the past year I have been through countless test. I even wore a heart monitor for a month because I was having so many heart palpitations. My doctor put me on Zoloft and said it was probably stress. Now all these seemingly unrelated symptoms: heart palpitations, weight loss, no appetite, vomiting for no reason, dark scar tissue from a mole that was recently removed, low blood sugar, low blood pressure, fainting, irregular periods: make sense.

My suspicion is that I have had this for years. Does anyone know what the effect of untreated adrenal insufficiency is during pregnancy? I went into labor at 5 months gestation. With steroid injections, medication and bed rest I was able to carry to term but had a very small baby. This was six years ago. I also had an episode at 18 weeks gestation where I passed out for no reason. Could these be related to Addison's? Is it possible to go undiagnosed for so long?

I am still in the process of trying to get a definative dianosis. Any suggestions would be helpful.





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