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Hi all! I am 23 and was diagnosed with addisons disease about a year and a half ago, along with hypoparathyroidism. I am currently on 20mg in the am and 10mg in the afternoon of hydrocortisol.

Here is where I am needing some input, over the past 4-5 months I have dropped a few pounds (I was at 88 and got down to 80, but I am only 4'11") and have had some trouble gaining it back. Over the past two weeks or so I have just felt so crummy, tired, achy, nauseas and I haven't been sleeping so well. At times I just feel out of it and a little light headed, my dose is obviously accurate since I am not gaining weight, so what else could be going on? I am wondering if my adrenals are slowly stopping the production of aldosterone? I hope this is not tmi, but my urine has also been extremely yellow, which I guess could be dehydration. So far I have not needed to replace aldosterone.

I guess I should also give the full story, in January I started a nursing program that is extremely stressful and demanding. Could excess stress be causing this and if it is, how do I fix it? I really don't want to increase my level of hydrocortisone, I don't want to be on more steroids than I have too. I have an appointment with my endo on Friday, but I always like to go in with a little education on what is going on.

Thanks in advance!

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