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Apr 12, 2005
13 years ago I saw an Endo because of hirsutism and an increased Testosterone level. He did an ACTH stim test and it was normal. 2 years later I was diagnosed with a chronic disease (lupus) and put on prednisone. I have been on prednisone for 10 and 1/2 years. One and 1/2 years ago I developed the following symptoms: severe left arm pain, nausea, dry heaves or vomiting, severe abdominal pain, diarrhea, dizziness, and weakness. The symptoms went away when I increased the prednisone to 40 mg. I have had 5 of these episodes of symptoms in the past year and 1/2. I was seen by another Endo 7 months ago and he told me these symptoms could not be adrenal in origin because I am on prednisone. I don't think that is right. The symptoms respond immediately and dramatically to increasing the pred. I have another appt. with this Endo in a few weeks. I have been so sick I truly felt I was going to kick the bucket a few times. I have read that long term steroid therapy can cause atrophy of the adrenal cortex in some people. Also I have an old granulomatous disease per chest xray and I think all the granulomatous diseases like sarcoidosis can cause AI. I saw a new IM Dr. recently and he has sent me back to the Endo. I am just so tired of being so sick. I need an appropriate diagnosis and treatment. Do these symptoms sound like AI symptoms?

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