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Re: Symptoms
Feb 28, 2009
[QUOTE=dorri;3901418]A few years back my rheumatologist told me that I had a sleeping adrenal gland and have been maintained by my family doctor on 5 mg of prednisone daily since.
Problem is when I am under going stress as I am now, I feel it's not enough and I had brought this stress thing up to him before and he said 5 mg of prednisone is sufficient and that I don't need anymore.

In the last few days I've had the flu with the runs, which isn't helping, and neither is worrying about a sick mother. My heart is racing, I'm short of breath upon exertion, my muscles are so weak I feel like collapsing among other things. I don't know if this is related to my adrenal but if it doesn't improve I will have to go back to see the doctor.
I don't know if my cortisol levels are high when under stress or low, so does anyone know if high levels are treated with more or less prednisone?[/QUOTE]

5mg of prednisone is a full replacement dose so your adrenals have probably shut down completely and then would never be high. Any time you have a temperature or the runs you need to increase your dose, usually double until the situation improves. If you were in a serious car accident you would need more. You should carry a card or medialert bracelet saying you are adrenal insufficient because if you are unconcious you could easily die from low cortisol levels. If your doctor doesn't know that, you need a new doctor. Do you have an endocrinolgoist you see?

Racing heart, weak muscles and short of breath might be related to thyroid problem. But you doctor should take those symptoms seriously because they are not normal, again sounds like you need a new doctor who actually listens and maybe knows more than when the next golf game is.

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