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So confused!!!
Mar 30, 2009
I have recently been told by my gp that I have adrenal insuffiency (due to a 3on serum cortisol test) and advised to take licorice root, gets lots of rest, and a miriad of other "help" ideas. I am having a heck of a time wrapping my mind around the insuffiency part because 2 of the major symptoms don't fit. I have hypertension NOT hypOtension and I have high blood sugar (diabetes) and am not having trouble with hypoglycemia. Other than that alot of the symptoms fit, but so do the symptoms of cushings. I have gained about 15 lbs in the last 6-8wks. I gave birth to a baby 16 weeks ago and am now above my total pregnancy weight. I got frustrated with my gp so I went to my Rheumy who said I don't have adrenal insuffiency that the low cortisol test was due to the fact that I have been on Prednisone for 2 years now for inflammatory arthritis. So his answer was to up the prednisone (b/c I have intense joint pain and stiffness). I have been on 4mg for about a year now and now they have upped it to 15mg and they gave me a cortisone shot today. Anyone have any ideas. I am so confused. Not sure what to do. I have to take the prednisone to get through the day (especially with a 16wk baby, 8yr old son and 12 yr old son) but also think that may be the cause.





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