It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....

Addison's Disease Message Board

Addison's Disease Board Index

Hi there. I'm sorry you're feeling so poorly. I was diagnosed with Addison's a year ago, and I am also trying to get my meds balanced. I do think I'm fairing a bit better, though. My experience has always been that if I took my hydrocortisone too late, that's what kept me awake. I also need Fludrocortisone to keep me feeling well. As a matter of fact, I've found that the dosage I seem to need is nothing like the textbook protocol: Upon rising, I take .88 Synthroid (I'm hypothyroid, too), .1 mg Fludorcortisone, and 10 mg Hydrocortisone. THAT'S IT. That gets me through the day, and I've begun sleeping through the night, which I haven't done in years. Now everybody's different, and I'm not telling you to try what I'm doing, but I think you should listen to your body, which is clearly telling you that what you are doing is NOT working! I very much question why you are taking both Prednisone and Hydrocortisone, too. Seems like overkill. And it seems like you should be on Fludrocortisone, as well. Perhaps you need a second opinion? I hope you find the answers you're looking for. Take care.
[QUOTE=cloud2;3873575]Pretty much the same with me, with hypoadrenia, hypothyroid and still having trouble sleeping through the night, despite being minimally-managed with meds. Drop right off to sleep and sleep soundly for about 5 hours, then fitfully starting early to mid-morning. I'm taking cortisol morning plus a touch at noon, thyroid morning only, and have replaced fludrocortisone with licorice root. I'm intrigued about the adrenal glandular... Cossette2, what time of day do you take what kind of adrenal glandular? I'm seeing my MD next week and could discuss it as an option with her.[/QUOTE]

Hi Cloud2,
It's a Canadian brand (made in Alberta, Canada) OTC called Adrenal and it's from the porcine adrenal gland. You can buy ovine adrenal glandular too which is from New Zealand, but it is more expensive. The porcine has worked out well for me. I would imagine you can find similar glandulars in the US.

Each capsule is 250 mg. I began taking them in Oct. 2005 after my naturopathic doc said I had weakened adrenals. I was not able to function at that time for the most part....pretty bad shape. Anyway, I started on one per day with food (at breakfast) and have gradually increased it. The bottle says take one or two, but recently i've increased it from 3 to 4 per day based on how i was feeling. I have tried weaning them twice over the years, but i feeling horrible. :eek:I can't seem to find a doc to prescribe cortef as the naturopathic doc is not an MD and the other docs don't think i have an adrenal prob :(. So in the meantime I'm ever so thankful for this supplement as i'd be a total mess without it.

Oh, btw, right now i take 2 at breakfast, 1 at lunch and 1 at supper.

Ironically, i'm writing this message at 3 am and i've been waking up around this time for about a week now. I'm guessing something will need to be tweeked a bit to get back on track with the sleep again. At least it's no where near as bad as it was when i had no glandular at all. That was pretty unbearable.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 04:46 AM.

© 2020 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!