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Addison's is only diagnosed when cortisol is so low that it will no longer respond to other treatments. Other treatments include: Sleep, Rest, Stress Reduction, Diet Changes, Lifestyle Changes, Candida Treatment, Spiritual Wellness, Acupuncture, Alternative Therapy, Counseling, Etc. Addison's can be wrongfully diagnosed if you have experienced a traumatizing event that causes you intense amounts of reoccurring stress, such as PTSD. Even so, if this stress is never overcome, various medications may be of aid, including typical treatment for Addison's (hydrocortisone, prednisone).

At some point, you will have to decide whether or not your body will be able to recover or not. At this point, you'll either choose to take corticosteroids (hydrocortisone, prednisone) for life, and deal with the potential side effects for life, or you'll choose to change your life drastically to see if there is any possible way you can recover. For me, this has been a 2 year decision that is on going.

Again, for Addison's to be diagnosed, it must be proven that your body is no longer capable of producing cortisol. Not just that your cortisol is low.

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